Education Technology Industry Network Appoints Chris Lohse as Senior VP and Managing Director

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Education Technology Industry Network Appoints Chris Lohse as Senior VP and Managing Director
 With large shoes to fill, Lohse will take over after the retirement of longtime industry leader Karen Billings

WASHINGTON (August 11, 2016) –– The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces the appointment of Chris Lohse as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ETIN. With over fifteen years of experience in education, Lohse began his career as a chemistry, biology and physics educator and later worked in research and development as well as strategic partnerships in the education technology space.

“We are thrilled to have Chris Lohse join the SIIA family as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ETIN,” said Ken Wasch, President of SIIA. “Chris is a true thought leader on the role of technology in propelling student achievement.”

Lohse’s appointment comes as a result of the retirement of education technology leader Karen Billings. Billings holds more than 40 years of experience in the education technology industry, including positions in management, development, marketing, sales and classroom teaching.

“I have had such a fulfilling career in education technology and am so thankful for the experiences I’ve had and relationships I’ve gained,” Billings said. “Given Chris’ esteemed qualifications and background, I am excited to see what’s in store and am confident he will be successful.”

Christopher Lohse comes to the role from his work as Vice President of Government Affairs for Renaissance Learning, Inc. where he led federal government relations, managed state government affairs in several states, and contributed to research strategy, having led similar work as Vice President of Strategic Affairs for Pearson.

Prior to working in the private sector, Chris served on the leadership team of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Chris led CCSSO’s Research & Development discovery process, meant to produce the Council blueprint for how the organization, and its members, could act to facilitate the development of more meaningful R&D efforts to generate more substantive innovation in the education sector. He also ran several investigations on system effectiveness for states, built new metrics for exploring learner performance, and detailed a novel performance profile of the United States to help leaders understand how best to intervene to support systems-change.  

"Karen Billings' legacy in building support, resources, and camaraderie for a diverse network of education companies represents an enduring and significant contribution to education. It is a legacy worthy of our sector's collective admiration and appreciation,” Lohse said. “I'm humbled by the opportunity to further her aspirations and ambitions for what's next for our industry sector as a whole, and for each company comprising the Education Technology Information Network's (ETIN's) impressive portfolio of member firms."

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About ETIN
 (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. For more information, visit