Stephen M. Smith oversees Hobsons’ global product strategy, marketing, policy, and R&D, supporting more than 12 million students and 10,000 schools, colleges, and universities in 100 countries. Steve joined Hobsons in 2007 through the acquisition of Naviance, where as co-founder and chief executive he led the company in creating the leading college and career readiness platform for schools and districts.
Prior to co-founding Naviance, Steve was vice president of digital product development at Peterson’s, then a division of The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), where he played a key role in transforming a traditional print publishing business into a leading on-line provider of education information. Prior to joining Peterson’s, Steve was a founding member of the Internet consulting practice at Thomson Technology Services Group. Steve has also served as a practitioner faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University, where he taught graduate courses in marketing and technology.
Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in history, cum laude, and an MBA from Cornell University.