Promethean World

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Promethean World
Company typeSubsidiary
FoundedMarch 1997; 27 years ago (1997-03)
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington
Key people
Simon Leung, Chairman
Vin Riera CEO
ProductsActivPanel, ActivInspire, Explain Everything
Number of employees

Promethean World Ltd is a global education technologies company that makes digital whiteboards and other products. Founded in 1997, it was acquired in 2015 by NetDragon Websoft, a Chinese video game company. The company has headquarters in Seattle and offices in Atlanta and Blackburn, England.[1]


Tony Cann[2] founded Promethean in Blackburn in 1996 and the following year launched PandA software, the forerunner to the Activstudio and Activprimary software tools for company presentations and meetings. Promethean initially sold U.S.-made Quora interactive whiteboards, before designing and building their own at the Blackburn facility.[3]

Cann was replaced by Graham Howe as chairman in July 2005.[4] James Marshall became CEO in September 2012, replacing Jean-Yves Charlier.[5] The company was the subject of an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange in March 2010.[6]

In May 2014, Graham Howe stood down as chairman, and was replaced by Philip Rowley.[4] In July 2015, NetDragon announced that it had agreed to buy the company.[7] In September 2015, Promethean acquired touch and gesture technology from Light Blue Optics for an undisclosed sum.[8]


  1. ^ "Promethean Opens New Global Headquarters in Seattle". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  2. ^ Promethean World Said to Offer 224 Million-Pound IPO[dead link] Bloomberg, 1 March 2010
  3. ^ "Latest interactive whiteboard from Blackburn company on sale". Lancashire Telegraph. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Losses narrow at Promethean World". Manchester Evening News. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  5. ^ "New CEO takes over at Promethean". EDucation Investor. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Promethean World makes London Stock Exchange debut". Apax. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  7. ^ "NetDragon agrees to buy Promethean World". Education Investor. 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Acuity sale of Light Blue Optics interactive touchscreen display". Acuity. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016.

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