Ryan Prichard, Knewton Chief Technology Officer, Assumes President and Acting CEO Position
(New York, Dec. 20, 2016) – Noting that Knewton, the pioneering education technology company he founded eight years ago is now considered the “world leader in the adaptive learning industry” and “well on its way to achieving its mission of revolutionizing how students learn,” Jose Ferreira announced that he is stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer. Ferreira will remain on Knewton’s Board of Directors and help guide the company as it continues to grow.
“After eight years of working 24/7/365 to build Knewton and position it as the standard-bearer in the industry, I believe it is the right time to step aside from day-to-day responsibilities to focus on other education trends that interest me,” said Ferreira, who will advise the company as it continues to delve into new markets and develop new products. “I wanted to prove to the world that adaptive learning was possible, would improve learning outcomes, and was the inevitable future of course materials. But after nearly a decade, I need a break. I would like to recharge for a bit and then maybe try something different.”
“Jose is a true visionary and innovator. His foresight and insight have not only propelled Knewton to the top of its industry but will help transform education for the 21st century,” said Rob Stavis, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and lead director of Knewton’s Board.
Knewton’s Chief Technology Officer Ryan Prichard, who has been responsible for driving the company’s technology vision for more than four years, has been appointed the new president and acting CEO. Prichard, with his dedication and proven ability to scale the company’s impact, will build upon Ferreira’s vision and lead Knewton’s next phase.
Founded in 2008, Knewton has served more than 13 million students across six continents through its partnerships with the top educational publishers around the world and its own personalized learning platforms. Through Knewton’s adaptive learning technology, students are provided with lessons that adapt in real time to how they learn, when they need support, and when they have mastered concepts and are ready for advancement.