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Former Pearson and Schoolnet Executive Appointed President of CORE ECS US Education Division

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 4:40am
The Associated Press

CORE Education and Consulting Solutions, Inc. (CORE ECS), a leading global education company providing assessments, interventions and content solutions for districts and states serving Pre-K, K-12, Employability, Special Education and Higher Education sectors, today announced that Nicole Neal has been appointed President of their Assessment and Solutions Division.

Neal will oversee all US education marketing, sales, client services and product development of CORE's marquee suite of assessment solution offerings, including:

Assessment Center? (CORE's formative assessment solution) BrightIDEA? (online special education case management system) Pre-K Matters? (state wide web-based Pre-K management solution) ipGrowth? (student growth measurements) Custom and screener assessments; psychometric services Item Banks aligned to individual state and common core standards and 3-D career technology applications

Neal will report directly to Mr. Sanjeev Mansotra, Chairman and Global CEO of CORE ECS' parent company CORE Education & Technologies Ltd.

On Neal's appointment, Mr. Sanjeev Mansotra stated that: "CORE's vision is to be a global leader in the education domain by providing the best-of-breed end-to-end solutions. Dominance in the US is a critical aspect of how we will achieve our vision. The wealth of experience that Nicole brings to our senior management team will not only ensure that CORE ECS' record of cutting edge assessment and learning platforms continues to uniquely serve the needs of students, parents and educators but also will be instrumental in supporting our US growth trajectories."

Said Nicole Neal on joining CORE ECS: "I am thrilled to be joining CORE at a point in time when the education industry is thirsting for innovation and creative solutions, to old and new educational challenges. CORE ECS' state-of-the-art products and transformative approach to solving problems makes it well poised to have a real impact on the lives of learners and teachers. I am sure it will be an enriching experience for me to be a part of a global education company with market leadership in the UK and India, and a strong presence in emerging markets like the Middle East and Africa."

Most recently Neal served as Senior Vice President of Major Accounts and State Services at Pearson Education Inc., one of the world's largest education publishing and technology companies. Prior to Pearson, Neal served as Senior Vice President of Client Services with Schoolnet, Inc. where she played an important part in helping to drive the company's accelerated growth, leading to Pearson's acquisition of Schoolnet.

As a seasoned business executive with more than two decades of experience and a series of successes with large and mid-sized firms, particularly focused on operations and emerging educational and business strategies, CORE is confident that Neal is the right person to lead the next chapter of CORE's leadership in the US education domain.

Neal holds a bachelor's degree with honors in Computer Science Engineering from Binghamton University's Watson School of Engineering and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland University College with a master's degree in Business Administration.

CORE ECS is the US subsidiary of listed Indian global education leader CORE Education & Technologies Ltd. with a market capitalization of about $600 million as of August 28th, 2012.

About CORE Education and Technologies Ltd.

CORE Education & Technologies Limited -- CORE -- is a global leader in education, with global headquarters in Atlanta, US and corporate headquarters in Mumbai, India. CORE has formed long-term associations with the Governments in the US, the UK and India, amongst many others. Its operations cover 46 states in USA, 40 educational departments in the UK, 15 Indian states, 2 Caribbean countries and 9 countries in Middle East and Africa region. CORE's world-class offerings are spread across the entire continuum of education -- K-12, Employability Education (Skill Development), Higher Education -- thereby impacting the entire life-cycle of education.

CORE today works with more than 35 million students worldwide, has trained & placed 105,000 teachers and partnered 88,000 schools across the world. Breakthrough innovations and research-driven technology solutions have helped CORE improve education systems across the world. The company has partnered with some of the world's most prestigious organizations such as the University of Oxford (UK), the Centre of Higher Learning, NASA; Texas Instruments, among others. Listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange & National Stock Exchange with a market cap of about $ 600 million, CORE's FY '12 revenue stood at $342 million. CORE is a CMMi level 5 and ISO 9001:2008 certified company achieving a CAGR of 61% between FY '06 - '12.

For more information on CORE Education & Technologies Ltd and its activities, please visit www.core-edutech.com

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