WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Flat World Education, the leading provider of personalized digital learning content, technology, and services, today announced that Jade Roth has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Roth succeeds Christopher Etesse, who will continue to serve as an advisor to Flat World as needed.
“Jade is a highly-respected leader in digital education and has the deep understanding of the higher education business environment needed to scale our enterprise,” said Bill Barke, Executive Chairman of Flat World’s Board of Directors. “We are confident that Jade will accelerate Flat World’s expansion and bring our high-quality personalized learning experiences to more students who can benefit from them. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chris for his critical contribution to establishing Flat World as a pioneer in competency-based education.”
Roth joined Flat World as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Content in November 2015. In that role, she has worked with the team to develop new offerings for colleges and universities that enable them to offer flexible and measurable educational experiences that are centered on the needs of students.
“Flat World has a unique opportunity to make a huge impact on higher education, particularly through competency-based education programs that give students the option to learn at their own pace,” said Roth. “I’m excited to work with the whole team in this next stage of Flat World’s development, as we strive to provide the highest level of support to our current partners and achieve our mission to improve learning outcomes for students.”
Previously, Roth served as Vice President, Books, Digital Strategy and Chief Product Officer for Barnes & Noble College, holding P&L responsibility for the $1.3 billion higher education learning materials product line. In that role, she expanded Barnes & Noble College’s digital footprint, driving double digit annual growth for digital sales, launching innovative mobile apps and a web reader, and overseeing all aspects of product development and product management including user experience and user interface, digital analytics, marketing and social media launch strategy.
As CEO, Roth will assume responsibility for all of Flat World’s operations with a focus on enabling our partner institutions to help more students master the critical knowledge and skills they need to achieve their professional and personal goals.
About Flat World Education
Founded in 2007, Flat World is an education technology company that partners with colleges and universities to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational experiences. Led by education and technology veterans, Flat World’s services and products include digital learning content, adaptive and personalized courseware, and a comprehensive cloud-based SaaS platform for competency-based education. Across its business, Flat World focuses on enabling its partners to offer flexible and measurable tools that are centered on the needs of students. Backed by BDMI and Bessemer Venture Partners, among others, Flat World works with over 2,200 colleges and universities and serves over 250,000 students annually.