Promethean World

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Promethean World
FoundedMarch 1997; 25 years ago (1997-03)
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington
Key people
Simon Leung, Chairman
Vin Riera CEO
ProductsClassFlow, ActivPanel, ActivBoard, ActivExpression, ActivInspire
Number of employees

Promethean World Ltd is a global education technologies company that develops, integrates and implements learning environments. Promethean is held by NetDragon Websoft, a Chinese video game company, who acquired Promethean in 2015. The company's global headquarters are located in Seattle, in addition to regional offices in Atlanta and Blackburn.[1]


Tony Cann[2] founded Promethean in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1996. 1997 saw the launch of PandA software, the forerunner to Activstudio and Activprimary, a range of software for use in company presentations and meetings. Promethean initially used interactive whiteboards (branded as Quora) from the USA, before designing and building their own from the Blackburn facility. Tony Cann was replaced by Graham Howe as chairman in July 2005.[3] James Marshall became CEO in September 2012, replacing Jean-Yves Charlier.[4] In May 2014, Graham Howe stood down as chairman, and was replaced by Philip Rowley.[3] In July 2015, NetDragon announced that it had agreed to buy the company.[5] In September 2015, Promethean acquired touch and gesture technology from Light Blue Optics for an undisclosed sum.[6]


  1. ^ "Promethean Opens New Global Headquarters in Seattle". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ Promethean World Said to Offer 224 Million-Pound IPO Bloomberg, 1 March 2010
  3. ^ a b "Losses narrow at Promethean World". Manchester Evening News. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  4. ^ "New CEO takes over at Promethean". EDucation Investor. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  5. ^ "NetDragon agrees to buy Promethean World". Education Investor. 13 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Acuity sale of Light Blue Optics interactive touchscreen display". Acuity. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016.

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