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Shawnee Cohn, Discovery Education

Silver Spring, Md. [April 3, 2014] – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, has named Jane Benson vice president of partner marketing and operations.  With over 15 years of experience in the education field, Benson will manage a number of Discovery Education’s key marketing functions, including product marketing, regional partnership support, and event management.  She will lead the marketing efforts to demonstrate Discovery Education’s firm commitment to supporting educators and engaging students in the digital transformation.

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Benson served as chief operations officer at the Espresso Group Limited, a top provider of primary school digital educational content. In this position, Benson was responsible for effectively managing the Espresso customer lifecycle, from prospective customers to renewing subscribers, and developed the group’s Shared Services capability, which encompasses marketing, operations, customer support and training. While at Espresso, she also successfully scaled the company and its processes to meet demand during its steepest points of growth, while maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction and staff retention.

In addition, Benson has served as marketing director at Classwell Learning Group, a division of The Houghton Mifflin Company, and

“Jane is a seasoned executive with an incredible record of creating successful partnership campaigns,” said Scott Kinney, senior vice president, Discovery Education, to whom Benson will report. “Her leadership and extensive experience will be a tremendous asset to Discovery Education as we continue developing new and meaningful relationships with school systems worldwide that transform teaching and learning.” 

Benson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Providence College and an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is based in Discovery Education’s offices at Discovery Communications’ global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at