Discovery Education, a global education technology company backed by Clearlake Capital Group LP, has hired Jeremy Cowdrey as chief executive officer. Former CEO Scott Kinney will retire from full-time duties after over 18 years with Discovery Education and will work with Cowdrey and the company as a member of the board of directors.

Cowdrey was most recently the chief executive officer of Imagine Learning. Having joined the company in 2006, Cowdrey also served as Imagine Learning’s president, executive vice president of sales and marketing and regional partnership director. Prior that, Cowdrey served in sales and management positions for several software and education companies. He has over 23 years of experience in edtech.

“Jeremy’s record of success at prior edtech firms, his understanding of the education marketplace, and his commitment to supporting the success of all learners make him the natural choice to lead Discovery Education as its new CEO,” states James Pade, partner and managing director at Clearlake, and Kinney.