CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announced the appointment of Sanjiv Pande to the newly created position of country director, India and South Asia. Pande will be based in Delhi, India, with a mandate to develop new business and education opportunities for SMART throughout India and South Asia. He will manage in-country SMART staff and oversee the operations and product sales of distributors and dealers. The creation of this senior-level role reinforces SMART's commitment to this important market. Pande has a bachelor's degree in engineering electronics from MS University in Baroda, Gujarat, and brings more than 20 years of experience in IT and education to the role. He reports to SMART President and Chief Operating Officer, Tom Hodson. Pande comes to SMART with a strong senior-level management background acquired from some of the world's leading IT companies, including HCL-HP – India's largest IT hardware company – Tata Elxsi, IBM and NIIT – India's leading education development company. During his time with these companies, Pande held a variety of positions, including general manager for government and large enterprise; general manager for Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan; country executive for midmarkets in India; and president of School Learning Solutions. As country executive for midmarkets in India, Pande expanded this section of IBM's business from US$50 million to US$150 million in only two years. In his role at NIIT, he led a project to bring activity-based computer education to economically weaker sections of India and was the architect of an accelerated growth strategy for NIIT's private school business. Through this project, Pande worked closely with state governments and ministries, developing strong relationships and working agreements. With more than five million classrooms nationally(1), India represents significant market potential for SMART. These market conditions, combined with Pande's experience in the country, offers SMART an opportunity to expand its product penetration and usage across India in both education and business settings.
"As one of the world's fastest growing economies and population, India provides a significant growth opportunity in both education and business for SMART," says Sanjiv Pande. "I am looking forward to assisting SMART with that growth.""India and South Asia are important markets for SMART, and we recognize there is great potential for our products and solutions throughout the region," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's CEO. "With Sanjiv as our country director, we are making a significant commitment to the region." About SMART SMART Technologies is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. We believe that collaboration and interaction should be easy. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, we bring more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, so collaborating and learning with digital resources are more natural. The SMART Technologies logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7573 © 2011 SMART Technologies. The SMART logo and smarttech are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies in the U.S. and/or other countries. Please note that SMART is written in all capital letters. (1) As of November 2010, according to Futuresource Consulting, a leading independent global research company that has tracked interactive whiteboard sales for more than nine years. For more information, see futuresource-consulting.com.
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