Austin, TX, May 18, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools, today announces Philip Walters as its new board chairman. Walters, of London, brings the wealth of knowledge and expertise he has acquired during his more than 40 years in the global education marketplace to Impero as it enters into a new phase of growth.
“Impero Software helps schools safeguard students and supports the work of teachers and IT departments,” said Walters. “These are important tasks and I look forward to working with the company as we move forward with this work both in the UK, and the U.S.”
Walters currently serves as Advisory Director of Investcorp, which assumed ownership of Impero Software through its technology-focused private equity Fund, Investcorp Technology Partners, in August 2017. Walters is also chairman of EdComs, the UK’s largest communications and marketing agency specializing in education, and CABI, a UK-based intergovernmental organization that supports subsistence and small-holding farmers around the world.
Walters previously served as chair of GL Education, the leading provider of educational tests and assessments to UK schools; Rising Stars UK, the second largest primary school publisher in the UK; and Book Source, a UK-based book distributor. Walters also was chief executive of Hodder Education, one of the top three school publishers in the UK, and he has served as a non-executive director of Nelson Croom, Encyclopedia Britannica (London), and Yale University Press (London).
Walters also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector including as chair of Book Aid International, a charity that equips libraries in sub-Saharan African countries with textbooks and readers.
In 2010, Walters was awarded membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to educational publishing. The MBE is an honor bestowed upon those in the UK who have made notable contributions to the arts and sciences, charitable organizations or public service.
“Mr. Walters’ extensive experience in the education field will be a tremendous asset to Impero as we move forward in our next phase of growth,” said Richard Fuller, CEO of Impero Software. “We look forward to working closely with Mr. Walters as we continue our work in supporting schools, students and teachers.”
Impero Software provides network management and online safety software to schools throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. The company partners with schools to provide online monitoring software that can alert instructors or administrators if it detects students typing or searching for certain keywords related to sexting, cyberbullying, radicalization, self-harm and more. It also provides anonymous reporting features and tools to help schools and IT departments manage multiple devices.
In addition to providing software to schools, Impero is also supports for digital citizenship education in schools. It partnered with advocacy organizations to produce white papers at the 2017 and 2016 Digital Citizenship Summits. It also released an Online Safety Handbook in 2017 which provides resources and best practices for schools that are using Impero Education Pro. It released a video in 2017 highlighting the dangers of bullying and sexting, and how online monitoring software can help schools detect problems before they escalate.
About Impero Software
Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 500 US districts.
Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online. For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com.