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D2L Names Stephen Laster President

Learning technology company D2L has announced the promotion and appointment of Stephen Laster as president. In his new role, Laster will work alongside Founder and CEO John Baker and lead D2L's strategy, product, services, sales, and marketing teams, according to the company.

Laster has more than 25 years of leadership experience in digital transformation, product development, and technology enablement, previously serving as chief operating officer at D2L, chief product officer at Ellucian, chief digital and chief learning officer at Penn Foster, and chief digital officer at McGraw-Hill Education. He also served for six years as chief information officer for Harvard Business School.

"Stephen has already had a tremendous positive impact on our organization in leading the expansion and evolution of the Brightspace platform, elevating our client experience, and bringing additional operational rigor to make D2L better equipped to scale efficiently," said Baker, in a statement. "I'm excited for Stephen to take on a broader role and to collaborate on shaping the direction of D2L."

"Over its 20-year history, inspired by a clear vision to transform the way the world learns, D2L has established an excellent foundation for future growth," commented Stephen Laster. "I look forward to continuing to work closely with John and the executive team to execute on our priorities and expand our leadership position in ed tech."

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As CIO of Harvard Business School, Stephen Laster wrote a four-part series on IT leadership for Campus Technology:

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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