Dr Gus Schmedlen

Ed tech Texthelp in the US has appointed Dr Gus Schmedlen as its chief revenue officer.

Texthelp has more than 50 million users of its products which help with literacy.

Schmedlen is tasked with connecting different revenue-related functions across the business and aligning the sales organisation, building sales capabilities and driving sales excellence.

Schmedlen has more than two decades of experience in the education technology sector. He was previously president and chief revenue officer at Merlyn Mind, a venture-backed artificial intelligence technology company focused on the global education market. He was also vice-president and head of worldwide education at multinational technology company HP.

Schmedlen sits on the board of governors of JA Worldwide, the board of advisors at the mEducation Alliance, and the board of directors of the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. He also chairs the leadership council of the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education.

Martin McKay, founder and chief executive of Texthelp, said: “Gus has an impressive background in education technology. He is deeply passionate and committed to improving outcomes for everyone – in education right through into the workplace. As Texthelp’s new chief revenue officer, Gus’s background and expertise will allow us to expand our sales capabilities further than ever before. He comes to us with extensive experience in scaling revenues and accelerating growth for global organisations. His role will play a substantial part in our mission. We want to help create inclusive classrooms and inclusive workplaces around the world.”

Schmedlen added: “I look forward to helping build an organisation that is dedicated to advancing the literacy and numeracy of as many people as possible across the globe. Throughout my career, I have seen first hand the positive impact technology can have on student outcomes in the classroom and beyond. In fact, I believe that everyone can benefit from Texthelp’s tools, because each person thinks, learns and works differently. People don’t leave dyslexia or other literacy challenges behind when they finish school. Texthelp’s impact is profound, as it goes beyond education into the world of work. This is something I’m very excited to be a part of.”

Last year, Texthelp acquired the Lingit Group, Wizkids and Don Johnston.

Date Published: 21 June 2022

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