McGraw-Hill Education announced today its hiring of Stephen Laster, the former chief information officer for the Harvard Business School, as the company’s chief digital officer. Laster had worked for HBS since 2006 and was also the president and founder of Intelligent Solutions, a C-suite executive IT consulting firm.
He will take over McGraw-Hill Education’s digital initiatives, including the digital learning experiences like LearnSmart.
During his time at HBS, he established the school’s first educational technology group with a focus on edtech product development.
Laster said in the press release that he looks forward to working with the company on its initiatives to create more programs and platforms for online education in order to assist students in learning concepts and skills, and to study more effectively.
Before his time at HBS, he was the chief technology officer at Babson College and the director of curriculum innovation and technology. Laster, who is also a member of the board of directors for the Sloan Consortium of Online Learning, has a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a MBA from Babson.
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