MetaMetrics, developers of The Lexile Framework for Reading, has hired a new chief operating officer to replace Ray Mays, who will become the company’s chief financial officer.

Mays was an executive for IBM for several years before retiring and joining Jack Stenner and Malbert Smith as part of an IT services firm. When Stenner and Smith sold that company to focus on MetaMetrics, Mays joined them as COO.

Timothy J. Klasson has joined the company as the new COO. Formerly the vice president of learning services at Tech Resource Group (TRG) in Raleigh, Klasson brings to MetaMetrics more than 22 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and executive management.

While at TRG, Klasson was responsible for developing and delivering the company’s business application training and support solutions. Klasson will be responsible for MetaMetrics’ IT, Web and corporate operations needs.

In addition, Carl Swartz joins MetaMetrics as a senior analyst for research and development. Prior to joining MetaMetrics, Swartz was manager of research and program evaluations, and the interim national director of Schools Attuned at All Kinds of Minds in Chapel Hill.

Also, Ellie Sanford has been named the new vice president of research and development, an area that she has lead since joining Durham-based MetaMetrics in 1998.