Renaissance Announces New Appointments within Executive Leadership Team

Todd Brekhus named chief product officer and Sarah DiFrancesco appointed chief marketing officer to drive continued growth of solutions that help accelerate learning for all

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (June 25, 2018)Renaissance®, a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, today announced the appointment of Todd Brekhus as the company’s chief product officer, and the appointment of Sarah DiFrancesco as chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Brekhus and DiFrancesco will drive product innovation and marketing initiatives that will help the company deliver best-in-class solutions to educators around the world.

“I’m thrilled to have Todd and Sarah take on these key leadership roles at Renaissance,” said Chris Bauleke, CEO of Renaissance. “Both of them bring extensive K–12 experience and a commitment to improving student growth outcomes, which will help Renaissance achieve our mission of accelerating learning for all.”

As chief product officer, Brekhus is responsible for leading the product strategy, and defining product requirements and user experience to deliver innovative solutions that help educators measure and increase student growth. Brekhus has more than 25 years of experience as an EdTech innovator, including the creation of myON, a personalized literacy platform that that is now part of Renaissance’s literacy portfolio. Brekhus served as the president of myON since 2009 and played a pivotal role in growing myON’s product capabilities. To date, myON provides access to more than 13,000 digital titles.

In her role as chief marketing officer, DiFrancesco will oversee the planning, development, and execution of Renaissance marketing initiatives to ensure educators and district leaders know the power of Renaissance solutions. DiFrancesco joins the company after serving as vice president of marketing at myON. Prior to myON, she was vice president of business development for Barnes & Noble, where she was responsible for the company’s K–12 division, national events and initiatives, and the educator loyalty program.

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About Renaissance

Renaissance® is a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics—enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit

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