Bethlam Forsa is the chief executive officer of Savvas Learning Company, a global next-generation learning company that combines the power of advanced technology with proven pedagogy to deliver immersive, personalized, and flexible educational solutions that connect K-12 teachers and students with real-world learning experiences.
Under Bethlam’s leadership, Savvas has taken a market-leading position with its innovative and award-winning product lines, highest-quality curriculum, and best-in-class professional services.
Vice President, International Business Development
Senior Vice President, Production and Operations
Vice President, Human Resources
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Sales Operations
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
As the head of International Business Development for Savvas, Lori is responsible for leading the company’s expansion efforts outside the United States by overseeing development of the company’s strategic portfolio of partnerships and initiatives. Lori comes to Savvas from ClassLink, where she was the vice president of international business. She has more than two decades of experience serving in international business development and global partnership leadership roles, including as the vice president of international sales for Pearson Digital Learning. Lori, who has lived and worked on four continents, received a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Boise State University in Idaho, and attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Master of Global Management program in Glendale, Arizona.
As the head of Human Resources at Savvas, Cindy is responsible for setting and implementing the organization’s strategy to support its values and growth. Cindy is an accomplished leader with over 25 years of experience in end-to-end human resources and specializing in shaping organizational culture through the improvement of employee engagement. She has extensive experience in total rewards, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, change management, and mergers and acquisitions. Cindy comes to Savvas from LSC Communications, where she served as the senior vice president of human resources. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Purdue University.
As chief administrative officer, Paul oversees business reporting and analysis, customer service and technical support, human resources and compensation, facilities, and strategic initiatives. Paul comes to Savvas from Pearson Education, where he held several senior leadership positions, including president of the School Systems Group and senior vice president of finance for U.S. Learning Services. During his time at Pearson, he led the integration and restructuring of PowerSchool following its acquisition from Apple. He went on to successfully grow PowerSchool to become a market leader in student information systems. Prior to Pearson, Paul spent eleven years at the Intel Corporation where he held various finance leadership roles, across multiple divisions, involving strategy, international manufacturing, organizational development, and business growth. Paul received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Davis. He received a Bachelor of Science from UCLA.
As chief financial officer, John oversees financial planning and reporting, financial services, treasury, tax, and audit functions. John comes to Savvas from Ellucian, a leader in higher-education, cloud-ready technology solutions and services, where he was vice president, chief accounting officer and corporate controller. During his time at Ellucian, he led the transformation and expansion of the accounting, financial reporting, and revenue operations functions. Prior to Ellucian, John held a variety of finance leadership roles at Unisys Corporation, Willis Towers Watson, and Cigna Corporation. He started his career at Ernst & Young. John received a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from Villanova University.
As the chief technology officer, John oversees the software development and operations of all digital curriculum delivery platforms, including the edtech industry’s most versatile learning management system, Savvas Realize. John is a seasoned veteran of the software engineering industry, with expertise in large-scale enterprise architecture, education technology, open source, and agile development methods. He has worked in and around both K-12 education and higher education since 1999. John comes to Savvas from Scholastic Inc., where he served as the chief technology officer for North America. Prior to joining Scholastic, John spent ten years as the chief architect for Unicon, leading the technology strategy of the education-oriented systems integration firm. John has a bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University.
As the senior vice president of Product Technology for Savvas, Michael oversees the software development and operations of all digital curriculum delivery platforms, including the edtech industry’s most versatile learning management system, Savvas Realize™. Michael comes to Savvas from Pearson U.S. Learning Services, where he served in a number of executive leadership roles since joining the company in 2012, including senior vice president of School Product Technology, chief digital officer, and chief learning technology officer. He also previously served as executive vice president of Product Development and Engineering for LeapFrog Enterprises. Michael is a board member of IMS Global Learning Consortium, the world-leading non-profit collaborative advancing edtech interoperability, innovation, and learning impact. He received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Yale University and a Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University.
As the head of Production and Operations for Savvas, Paul oversees the company’s supply chain, program management office, production, content management, workflow, procurement and supplier management functions. Paul comes to Savvas from Pearson U.S. Learning Services, where he served in the same role since 2014. An experienced leader in publishing operations management, he has held executive positions at leading publishing companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and McGraw-Hill Education. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in driving the evolution of next-generation publishing solutions as well as executing operational improvements to profitably deliver outstanding and innovative products.
As the head of Sales and Sales Operations, James is responsible for developing and leading a world-class sales organization that provides consultative account management to K-12 school districts across the United States. James brings an extensive background in the educational market that includes sales leadership, product management, and teaching. James comes to Savvas from Pearson U.S. Learning Services, which he joined in 2000 as a sales representative in Missouri for Pearson Scott Foresman. Prior to working at Pearson, he spent five years in Japan as an English teacher. He also taught biology in Texas and Missouri. For the past 20 years, James has been a volunteer English language teacher for immigrants and other adults learning English. James has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Oklahoma Christian University.
As the chief information officer for Savvas, Bryan is responsible for the company’s full spectrum of IT operations, including website hosting, business systems, management information systems, and security services serving Savvas employees, customers, and partners. Bryan joined Savvas to lead the IT separation from Pearson Education, helping support the transition to a fully independent, standalone company. Bryan previously served as the vice president of Strategic Operations at eCampus.com. Prior to that, he was the CIO at Cengage Learning. He brings more than 30 years of IT experience working in the education industry, providing operation and technology leadership in managing an array of technical services and business systems.
As the vice president of Human Resources, Melissa is responsible for driving the company’s people agenda and supporting a culture of collaboration and employee engagement. A human resources executive with experience in multiple industries, both nationally and globally, Melissa develops strategies that help attract and develop talent, build high-performing teams, and support business goals. Prior to joining Savvas, she served as vice president of Human Resources at York Risk Services, a leading private insurance and risk organization. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts in organizational psychology from Columbia University, and a Master of Arts in social work from New York University.
As senior vice president and general counsel for Savvas, Sean leads the legal team to collaborate with and enable the Savvas business units on all legal matters, including commercial contracts, intellectual property, data privacy, compliance, and labor/employment. He is also responsible for assessing the impact of new laws and regulations on the company’s product offerings and operations. Sean comes to Savvas from Great Minds, where he served as the general counsel and secretary and was responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs. Sean has more than 20 years of legal experience and expertise in business, education, and corporate law. Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
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