CALGARY, Alberta, March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the appointment of Greg Estell to the position of President, Education. Estell will lead the newly formed Education Business Unit and will be responsible for its strategy, financial objectives and operating plans to grow this key area of the company. He will start in this executive position on March 18, 2013 and report to Neil Gaydon, President and CEO of SMART Technologies. Estell brings over 30 years of global experience and leadership to SMART. He has held numerous executive roles with Hewlett-Packard Inc. and Motorola Inc. leading several functions including sales, marketing, product development, operations, finance, distribution and strategy. Over the course of his career, Estell has been directly responsible for driving business results in numerous international markets including EMEA, Latin America, APAC and North America. "SMART has established a trusted brand in the global education market, with innovative products that have clearly transformed teaching and learning," says Estell. "I look forward to joining SMART to build on the company's leading position and to further develop SMART's opportunities in global education." "We are pleased to have Greg join SMART as the President of our Education Unit," says Neil Gaydon, President and CEO, SMART Technologies. "His international and North American experience and ability to drive business results will help us continue to build our position as a global technology leader for collaborative solutions." About SMART SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions that enable inspired collaboration in schools and workplaces around the world by turning group work into a highly interactive, engaging and productive experience. SMART delivers integrated solutions of hardware, software and services designed for superior performance and ease of use, and remains a world leader in interactive displays. The SMART Technologies logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7573 Reader's advisory Certain information contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking information or statements. By their very nature, forward-looking information and statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking information and statements will not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to vary materially from the forward-looking information or statements. We do not assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking information or statements. Any forward-looking information and statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. © 2013 SMART Technologies. SMART Board, smarttech and the SMART logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other third-party company names and products are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.