Leadership

Joel Klein

Chief executive officer, Amplify

Joel Klein, chief executive officer of Amplify, is an education visionary and proven leader of change. Prior to Amplify, Joel was chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a system of 1.1 million students and 136,000 employees. While there he led systemwide transformations that resulted in significant increases in student performance. Under Joel’s leadership, high-school graduation rates in the City rose 20 points—an increase of more than 40 percent.

Kristen Kane

Chief operating officer, Amplify

Kristen Kane, chief operating officer of Amplify, served as COO of the New York City Department of Education, where she implemented the Children First change program, led the opening of 178 new schools and oversaw daily operations. She also developed strategies for applying broadband technology to education and other sectors while at the FCC and helped drive investment in the education sector at JPMorgan.

Sam Mehta

Chief financial officer, Amplify

Sam Mehta, chief financial officer of Amplify, has nearly 20 years of experience managing and advising organizations across all phases of growth. Sam is a former managing director at Alvarez & Marsal, where he provided interim management, restructuring and strategic advisory services. Sam also served as chief restructuring officer of finance for the New York City Department of Education and interim CFO of EdisonLearning.

Laurence Holt

Chief product officer, Amplify

Laurence Holt, chief product officer of Amplify, previously served as CPO of Wireless Generation, where he oversaw the engineering, design and production of software solutions. He also founded and acted as CEO of Quidnunc, a business and technology consulting firm with clients such as Apple, Sprint, the BBC and Goldman Sachs. He is on the board of directors of the Computing Software and Services Association.

Gil Fuchsberg

Executive vice president and head of corporate development, Amplify

Gil Fuchsberg, executive vice president and head of corporate development for Amplify, previously served as executive vice president of Digital Media at News Corp. In that role, Gil worked globally across News Corp.’s businesses to drive technology strategy and distribution partnerships. He joined News Corp. through its acquisition of Skiff, an e-reading company that he founded and led. Gil earlier held executive roles with JPMorgan Partners and Interpublic Group.

Peter Gorman

Executive vice president for education services, Amplify

Peter Gorman, executive vice president for education services, Amplify, worked as a teacher, principal and district administrator before becoming superintendent of schools in Tustin, California, and then in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg district won the 2011 Broad Prize in Urban Education, which recognizes outstanding student achievement progress.

Laszlo Kopits

Executive vice president and general counsel, Amplify

Laszlo Kopits, executive vice president and general counsel of Amplify, has overall responsibility for all legal matters affecting Amplify, including commercial transactions, intellectual property, employment, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance. Prior to joining Amplify, Laszlo was vice president and principal legal counsel for Reuters America, where he oversaw a team of attorneys responsible for all commercial transactions for Reuters in North America.

Larry Berger

President, Amplify Learning

Larry Berger, president of Amplify Learning, co-founded Wireless Generation in 2000. Larry led the company’s invention of mobile software that makes formative assessments instructionally useful to teachers. He has also overseen the development of personalized curriculum tailored to individual student needs, and large-scale data systems designed to analyze student information. Larry was a Rhodes scholar and a White House fellow.

Josh Reibel

Chief executive officer, Amplify Learning

Josh Reibel, chief executive officer of Amplify Learning, has overseen development and execution of company strategy since 2001. Prior to Amplify, Josh was a high school teacher and later served as vice president at eSCORE.com, where he oversaw the parent services unit, which provided customized online services to parents of children ages 0–6.

Chris Cerf

Chief executive officer, Amplify Insight

Chris Cerf, chief executive officer of Amplify Insight, was New Jersey’s commissioner of education from January 2011 to March 2014, serving 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students and 110,000 teachers. Previous positions include deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, associate counsel to President Clinton, a partner in two Washington, D.C., law firms, and law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Prior to attending law school, Chris spent four years as a high school history teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Stephen Smyth

President, Amplify Access

Stephen Smyth, president of Amplify Access, leads our tablet platform business. He previously founded and led a number of startups, including an e-learning company. Prior to that, Stephen was the general manager and senior vice president of Thomson Reuters’ media business in the Americas. He was also vice president of Reuters’ emerging media products globally and a director of business development at Bertelsmann Inc.

Boaz Gelbord

Chief information security officer, Amplify

Boaz Gelbord, chief information security officer for Amplify, was previously director of information security at The New School and was one of the founders of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), the official EU body responsible for information security. Prior to that, Boaz worked at KPN Royal Dutch Telecom, developing mobile security solutions and privacy enhancing technologies.

Justin Hamilton

Senior vice president of corporate communications, Amplify

Justin Hamilton, senior vice president of corporate communications for Amplify, previously served as press secretary and senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Prior to that, Justin was a communications consultant for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, as well as battleground press secretary for Obama for America in 2008. He also served as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-California).

David Stevenson

Vice president of government relations, Amplify

David Stevenson, vice president of government relations for Amplify, leads the division’s policy, advocacy and outreach activities. David previously managed the product development group, where he personally led the software teams that developed the TPRI and Tejas LEE assessment products. Prior to joining Amplify, David was a producer and product manager at Scholastic, and worked as a technology director in schools in New York City and Paris.

Stephen Smyth

President, Amplify Access

Stephen Smyth, president of Amplify Access, leads our tablet platform business. He previously founded and led a number of startups, including an e-learning company. Prior to that, Stephen was the general manager and senior vice president of Thomson Reuters’ media business in the Americas. He was also vice president of Reuters’ emerging media products globally and a director of business development at Bertelsmann Inc.

Josh Hartmann

Chief technology officer, Amplify Access

Josh Hartmann, chief technology officer for Amplify Access, previously served as chief technology officer of Intent Media, an advertising company serving the e-commerce industry. Josh was also previously global chief technology officer at Travelocity. Prior to that, he was CTO of Site59.com. Earlier in his career, Josh served in various technical and client-facing roles at Razorfish, Time Warner and The New York Times.

Sean Farrell

Vice president of product, Amplify Access

Sean Farrell, vice president of product for Amplify Access, developed e-commerce and experience strategies at Scholastic. He also worked at R/GA, a digital interactive agency, managing the creative and technology teams across accounts including Verizon and Barnes & Noble. Sean worked on the creation of the original NOOK brand and digital ecosystem.

Antoine Theysset

Senior vice president for corporate development, Amplify Access

Antoine Theysset, senior vice president for corporate development of Amplify Access, previously served as COO of Fox Interactive Media/MySpace’s international division, where he was responsible for strategy, operations, and corporate and business development outside of the U.S. Prior to that, Antoine was head of corporate strategy and business development for Orange Mobile Group (London).

John O’Connell

Vice president of sales, Amplify Access

John O’Connell, vice president of sales for Amplify Access, has spent the last 12 years leading sales and business development activities for early-stage education technology companies. Prior to joining Amplify, John led Parchment’s sales and business development activities. John also co-founded and sold a K–12 student information system sales and support company (now part of Infinite Campus).

Laura Smith

Vice president of professional services, Amplify Access

Laura Smith, vice president of professional services for Amplify Access, previously held senior roles at Sesame Workshop and at the New York State Education Department, where she helped lead the state’s winning Race to the Top bid. Earlier in her career, Laura oversaw the implementation of strategic initiatives at the New York City Department of Education and San Diego City Schools.

Chris Cerf

Chief executive officer, Amplify Insight

Chris Cerf, chief executive officer of Amplify Insight, was New Jersey’s commissioner of education from January 2011 to March 2014, serving 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students and 110,000 teachers. Previous positions include deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, associate counsel to President Clinton, a partner in two Washington, D.C., law firms, and law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Prior to attending law school, Chris spent four years as a high school history teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Krista Curran

Senior vice president, general manager of assessment and intervention solutions, Amplify Insight

Krista Curran, general manager of assessment and intervention solutions for Amplify Insight, oversees product development, research and analytics, and customer experience teams. Previously she ran the account management team, which partners with large school systems on solution implementation. Prior to Amplify, Krista was a director with Educational Testing Service (ETS), where she was responsible for the client management, research, development and operations of large-scale, international assessment programs.

Leslie Kerner

Senior vice president, general manager of professional services, Amplify Insight

Leslie Kerner, general manager of professional services for Amplify Insight, is responsible for building and managing training, professional development and consulting services for schools. Leslie was previously a manager with Deloitte Consulting, where she ran projects in the education, consumer goods and financial services industries. She also worked with an educational technology startup company in Durham, North Carolina.

Rob Moser

Senior vice president, general manager of consulting, Amplify Insight

Rob Moser, general manager of consulting for Amplify Insight, has more than 25 years of information technology, consulting and business development experience. Rob previously worked at IBM, where he specialized in the application of innovative data and analytic technologies to help non-tech users solve business problems. Most recently, he led IBM’s Education Industry Data Practice, working with K–12 districts, state education departments and the U.S. Department of Education.

Patrick Smith

Senior vice president, general manager of enterprise data systems, Amplify Insight

Patrick Smith, general manager of enterprise data systems for Amplify Insight, was previously a senior vice president with Aon Consulting, where over the course of seven years, he held various management positions in its call center performance measurement, employment process outsourcing and human capital services business units. Prior to that, Patrick managed service delivery operations in New York City for General Electric. He also served in the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of captain.

Jim Mylen

Senior vice president of sales, Amplify Insight and Amplify Learning

Jim Mylen, senior vice president of sales for Amplify Insight and Amplify Learning, previously held various sales executive positions with leading K–12 educational technology companies, including The Princeton Review, 4GL School Solutions, National Computer Systems/Pearson Education and The McGraw-Hill Companies. He began his career at DataGuide Systems, which developed the first PC-based, norm-referenced, test-scoring software in 1985, called TestMate, and was acquired by McGraw-Hill in 1990.

Josh Reibel

Chief executive officer, Amplify Learning

Josh Reibel, chief executive officer of Amplify Learning, has overseen development and execution of company strategy since 2001. Prior to Amplify, Josh was a high school teacher and later served as vice president at eSCORE.com, where he oversaw the parent services unit, which provided customized online services to parents of children ages 0–6.

Larry Berger

President, Amplify Learning

Larry Berger, president of Amplify Learning, co-founded Wireless Generation in 2000. Larry led the company’s invention of mobile software that makes formative assessments instructionally useful to teachers. He has also overseen the development of personalized curriculum tailored to individual student needs, and large-scale data systems designed to analyze student information. Larry was a Rhodes scholar and a White House fellow.

Deborah Reck

Chief English language arts officer, Amplify Learning

Deborah Reck, chief English language arts officer for Amplify Learning, co-founded The Writers’ Express (WEX) as a nonprofit to develop literacy instruction tools for teachers. She also led the organization’s initial merger with Wireless Generation. Deborah previously taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools and in Sudbury, Massachusetts. She worked closely with the editors of the Common Core State Standards to write reading and language standards for grades K–12.

Douglas Moore

Executive director of science instruction, Amplify Learning

Douglas Moore, executive director of science instruction for Amplify Learning, pioneered and led Wireless Generation products from concept to research to implementation in domains ranging from early childhood development to mathematical reasoning. He previously served as a software developer for the IT consulting firm Exeter Group and as an analyst at Abt Associates.

Jim Mylen

Senior vice president of sales, Amplify Insight and Amplify Learning

Jim Mylen, senior vice president of sales for Amplify Insight and Amplify Learning, previously held various sales executive positions with leading K–12 educational technology companies, including The Princeton Review, 4GL School Solutions, National Computer Systems/Pearson Education and The McGraw-Hill Companies. He began his career at DataGuide Systems, which developed the first PC-based, norm-referenced, test-scoring software in 1985, called TestMate, and was acquired by McGraw-Hill in 1990.