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SMART Announces Warren Barkley as New Chief Technology Officer

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, today announces the appointment of Warren Barkley as SMART's Chief Technology Officer, effective November 13, 2012. Mr. Barkley brings over 17 years of technology experience and leadership, most recently serving as General Manager in the Microsoft Lync/Skype division.

Barkley held several key positions in Microsoft over his tenure and was instrumental in the development of Microsoft Lync as the communication and collaboration software of choice for Fortune 500 companies. At Microsoft he played a central role in establishing WiFi as a worldwide standard, and building world class real time communications technologies used by hundreds of millions of users every day. Barkley holds over 35 worldwide patents in networking, wireless and communications.

"SMART is a center of innovation for education and enterprise collaboration," says Barkley. "I am looking forward to joining the SMART Executive Team to continue to advance product development that will drive improved collaboration solutions in classrooms, enterprise and government across the globe."

"I am delighted that someone of Warren's talent, experience and technology leadership has decided to join our team," said Neil Gaydon, SMART's President and CEO. "With the growing need for collaborative solutions in education, business and government, SMART is well placed to capitalize on these opportunities. Today's announcement demonstrates our desire to accelerate our technologies and solutions so as to fuel our leadership position."

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that change the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, our focus is on developing a variety of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, making collaboration and learning with digital resources more natural. Our products have transformed teaching and learning in more than two million classrooms worldwide, reaching over
40 million students and their teachers. In business, our Freestorm(TM) visual collaboration solutions improve the way that people work and collaborate, enabling them to be more productive and reduce costs.

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