Texthelp, the leading provider of literacy and numeracy assistive technologies to the education and corporate sectors, has appointed Dave Hansen as Non-Executive Chairman.
Hansen joins the Texthelp board of directors following the recent investment in the company from Five Arrows, the private equity arm of Rothschild & Co.
Hansen is an accomplished technology leader, board chair and director in both private and public technology companies. He started his career running IT organisations with experience in education, manufacturing and technology. He transitioned into leading software businesses during his 10 year career at CA Technologies (now Broadcom). Hansen has led large teams responsible for the CA Security and Enterprise product families. His first CEO opportunity was Numara software, a leader in Service and Asset Management, which subsequently was acquired by BMC software where Hansen continued to lead that division. He then became CEO of Safenet, a large privately held authentication and encryption company. Hansen also previously headed up sales, services, marketing and partners for the Dell Software group.
For the last five years, Hansen has worked as an Operating Executive in private equity. In that role he has served as chairman of several privately held companies and has been on the Board of Senetas (ASX) for the last 5 years.
"I am extremely excited to be part of this fantastic team as Chairman. I grew up in a family of educators and even ran IT in education. I really have a passion for the mission that Texthelp built the company around, helping people. I believe my career experiences are well positioned to be an integral part of the Texthelp team." said Dave Hansen.
Martin McKay, CEO said:
“I am delighted that Dave has chosen to accept this position as Chairman of the board at Texthelp. Dave joins us at a very exciting time and I have no doubt that the wealth of knowledge and experience that he brings will help us deliver on our strategy and continue to provide a brilliant experience for our customers” .
Sacha Oshry, Managing Director at Five Arrows said:
“Dave’s long history of leadership coupled with his experience in technology and education make him the ideal person for this role. We look forward to working closely with Dave as Texthelp enters its next phase of growth.”
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