Sector intelligence and education resources provider The Key has appointed a new CEO.

Chris Kenyon has taken the role after former CEO Fergal Roche left the company in October 2018.

With a strong background in building global technology businesses, Kenyon previously worked as SVP worldwide sales and business development at open-source software company Canonical for 12 years.

The Key provides services such as WebBased and newly acquired ScholarPack to more than 100,000 members across schools in the UK.

Ian Armitage, chairman at The Key, said: "Chris has a highly successful track record of scaling up a business in a very competitive international market.

“He is committed, passionate and purpose driven. We believe Chris will help us sharpen our strategic thinking as a business and help us to boost the level of support and services we are able to offer to our members."

Kenyon said: "This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining the Key where the calibre and focus of the entire team are remarkable.

“The Key is driven by a strong social purpose, deep education expertise and a relentless desire to stay ahead in an ever-changing landscape.

"I look forward to building on this purpose with our members, almost half of all the schools in the country, and delivering indispensable support to the sector going forward."

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