updated 6/1/2011 8:16:46 AM ET 2011-06-01T12:16:46

CALGARY, Alberta, June 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SMART Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SMT) (TSX:SMA), a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces the appointment of Robert C. Hagerty as Lead Director. Mr. Hagerty has been a director of SMART since June 2010. In addition to his role as Lead Director, Mr. Hagerty also heads SMART's compensation committee and is on the audit committee.

"With his experience in unified collaboration and senior roles with several notable technology companies, Bob Hagerty brings industry-relevant insight to our board of directors," says David Martin, Executive Chairman, SMART. "Bob has made a significant contribution over the past year and we are very pleased he is taking the lead director role."

About SMART

SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. We believe that collaboration and interaction should be easy. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, we bring more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, so collaborating and learning with digital resources are more natural.

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© 2011 SMART Technologies. The SMART logo and smarttech are trademarks or registered trademarks of SMART Technologies in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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CONTACT: Marina Geronazzo
         Manager, Public Relations
         SMART Technologies Inc.
         Phone +1.403.407.5880
         E-mail MarinaGeronazzo@smarttech.com
         smarttech.com

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