CompTIA acquires TechAmerica to form IT lobbying giant

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In a move aimed at bolstering the representation of the information technology industry, CompTIA has announced it is acquiring TechAmerica.

While terms of the deal have not yet been made public, CompTIA executives discussed highlights of the acquisition in an email to FierceCIO.

"The deal mergers two of the leading voices of the information and communications sector with complementary services and memberships. CompTIA has built a strong reputation for certification, education, philanthropy and advocacy for and medium technology companies, which will complement TechAmerica's strengths among large businesses and the public sector well."

The new CompTIA will continue to use the "TechAmerica" brand for the public advocacy work of the organization, CompTIA said.

"The combined entity retains the CompTIA name, brand, leadership and Board of Directors, with a member from TechAmerica's board joining the CompTIA board. The new tagline, 'The ICT Industry Trade Association' will be added to CompTIA's name to reflect this broader, industry-wide focus," the organization said.

CompTIA's president and CEO Todd Thibodeaux noted that there had been an artificial barrier between the two organizations in the past in terms of the segments within the IT industry that each represented. The acquisition will eliminate that barrier.

"Moving forward, CompTIA will champion member-driven business and policy priorities that impact the entire continuum of companies from small IT service provider to the software developer to the equipment manufacturer to communications service providers," Thibodeaux said. "The transaction clearly amplifies the industry's already powerful voice in Washington, D.C., at a time when policies critical to continued innovation and economic growth are at state."

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