PE-backed Impero Software appoints new CEO and CTO

Impero Software, which is backed by UK private equity firm Connection Capital, has hired Sam Pemberton as CEO and Darren Forster as CTO. Pemberton is the former CEO of the Softel Group while Forster was CTO of Softel. Impero is a software products provider for the education sector.



Impero Software – a company providing sophisticated software products to the education sector – has appointed Sam Pemberton as its new CEO, and Darren Forster as the new CTO to lead the company’s expansion and future solution development.

The company is backed by private equity house Connection Capital of London, and has full-service offices in the United Kingdom and the United States. Pemberton, who most recently worked as an advisor to VC and private equity companies looking to improve shareholder returns, has years of experience leading tech companies to strong levels of international growth. From 2007 to 2013 Pemberton was CEO of the Softel Group, which sold software and hardware solutions in to the global television and ‘second screen’ media markets. In this role, he doubled profits each year from 2010 to 2013 and led the Group through a successful M&A exit process, culminating in a trade sale to Belden which delivered 12x returns to Softel shareholders.

In his new role, Pemberton will draw upon his extensive experience of increasing international sales, particularly in the US, to drive Impero’s international growth strategy. Before joining Softel as CEO, Pemberton founded a metadata company in California, which expanded to open offices in New York and Denver. Following significant expansion he sold the company in 2006.

On his appointment, Pemberton comments: “I am thrilled to be joining Impero’s impressive team at such an exciting time of growth for the company. Its innovative e-safety platform is at the frontline of online safety initiatives for schools worldwide, and I look forward to introducing Impero, and its range of remote monitoring and management solutions, to educators internationally.”

Impero has also appointed Darren Forster as its new CTO. Forster has held a range of director and VP positions in technology companies, giving him unrivalled technical experience alongside strong commercial understanding. Like Pemberton, Forster has previously worked internationally including in the United States, and at his last company grew sales from his product lines to in excess of $25 million worldwide. Between 2008 and 2013 Forster worked with Pemberton as CTO at Softel Group.

About Impero Software
Impero Software offers a range of network management products, relied upon by education establishments and workplaces around the world. Founded in 2002, it is currently accessed via one million computers in over 40 countries. In the UK it is a market leading provider of Classroom and Network Management Software, with a 40 per cent market share of UK secondary schools and 24 per cent of colleges.

The company provides intelligent school ICT management helping teams, cut costs and improve staff productivity. Its cutting edge software and powerful learning tools assist schools in the day to day running of their computer network, putting teachers back in control of the classroom and enabling them to proactively deal with e-safety on a daily basis.

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