Accomplished Leader in Tech Industry Joins Learning Bird

Benoit Julien Named New Head of Development for K-12 EdTech Company

MONTREAL, May 8, 2014 – Benoit Julien, a 20-year veteran and leader in the technology industry, has been appointed head of development for Learning Bird Inc., the company announced today.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Julien will manage technical development for Learning Bird, which is a web-based personalized learning resource that makes it easy for students to access individualized lessons on any topic aligned to their curriculum, grade and textbook. Whether to help with homework, study prep, or improved comprehension, Learning Bird provides a safe and easy way for families and schools to help boost grades, confidence and a love of learning.

Most recently, Julien was the CEO and founder of Proximium Technologies Inc., a Montreal-based business that helps companies acquire and retain clients through online extensions of their physical places of business. Previous positions he held, all in Canada, include vice president of technology and board member for Dow Jones Canada; vice president of Generate Inc.; CEO and founder of Netvention Inc.; director of research and development for Softkit Technologies; and research scientist at the Computer Research Institute of Montreal.

“Benoit’s background is all about innovation and implementation,” said Henry Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Learning Bird. “Benoit will bring the experience of his education, business acumen, and insights into technology to help us provide an adaptive learning environment that will improve learning for all students.”

Julien holds a doctorate in computer-aided engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Laval University (Université Laval) in Quebec City. In addition, he holds a patent and is a distinguished author with more than 30 articles published throughout his career.

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About Learning Bird |

Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, enabling students to learn their own way. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and the individual learning profile of each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades 7-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “A-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson. With Learning Bird, students drive their own success, struggle less and understand more.




Follett Names George Gatsis Senior VP/Technology Platforms

Long time executive to guide implementation of PreK-12 technology strategies

MCHENRY, Ill., May 7, 2014 –George Gatsis has been named senior vice president of technology platforms for Follett School Solutions, the leading provider of integrated content and technology solutions to the PreK-12 education space. Follett empowers school educators and administrators with integrated solutions that combine content discovery, access and delivery with best-in-class management and instructional systems to advance student learning.


“George’s broad leadership experience in technology and his innovative approach to bringing solutions to market make him an ideal fit for his new role,” said Tom Schenck, president of Follett School Solutions. “George and his team will drive our evolution and integration of all of Follett’s content and technology offerings to better support the needs of educators seeking more options for learning in any format, at any level.”


Gatsis began his career with Follett in 1994 as director of development projects for Follett Software Company, now part of Follett School Solutions. Gatsis has played leadership roles in delivering Follett technology solutions to the PreK-12 education space, such as the development and product management of Follett’s signature Destiny library management platform. More recently, Gatsis has led strategy and business development in launching the company’s Aspen student information system platform. During his 20-year tenure, he held progressively more responsible roles with the company. He most recently served as vice president of strategic planning and partnerships.


Gatsis graduated from University of Utah’s College of Engineering with a degree in computer science. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.


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About Follett’s PreK-12 Business

Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.


About Follett

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.