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Udemy Expands Leadership Team with Three New Executive Hires

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Udemy, the leading global marketplace for learning and teaching online, today announced the addition of three senior leaders to its executive team. This latest wave of management hires reflects the scaling of Udemy operations to support the company's rapid growth following its recent $32 million financing round. The new members of the executive team include:

  • PAUL SEBASTIEN, vice president and general manager, Udemy for Organizations – Sebastien will lead all marketing, sales, strategy and operations for the company's corporate learning platform, Udemy for Organizations. Sebastien joins Udemy with nearly 20 years of experience leading widely recognized, successful B2B and B2C growth initiatives at companies including T-Mobile, Disney Mobile, Microsoft, Sony and SugarSync, and was most recently chief marketing officer at T-Mobile/Deutsche Telekom HBS.
  • RICHARD QIU, vice president of business development – With decades of business development, sales and partnership experience, Qiu will drive key content, distribution and strategic partnerships between Udemy and organizations around the world, as well as lead initiatives to open new markets and accelerate major business opportunities globally. Qiu previously led business development, sales and partnerships for TRUSTe, 4INFO and BeVocal.
  • DAVE ARNOLD, vice president of finance and operations – Arnold comes to Udemy with experience scaling operations and finance for global companies and will help the company bolster operations in the U.S. as well as further expand into international markets. His 20-year finance and operations career includes roles at Visa, J.P. Morgan and Deloitte. For the past five years, Arnold was vice president of finance at Boku, Inc.

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"Paul, Richard and Dave are joining Udemy at a pivotal time for the company, following our recent round of funding, when we continue to experience exceptional growth," said Dennis Yang, Udemy CEO. "These proven leaders allow us to support and scale our business as well as deepen our commitment to connecting millions of students with the skills they need to succeed in the global economy."

Udemy completed a $32 million Series C funding round earlier this spring. The company has doubled its staff headcount in size over the past year. Udemy currently has more than 10,000 instructors teaching 18,000 courses on a range of topics--everything from yoga to photography to Microsoft Excel to Apple's Swift programming language. More than three million students in 190 countries take Udemy courses to adopt new skills that help them advance their professional careers and personal passions.

Udemy is the leading marketplace for online learning, offering people everywhere the opportunity to advance their careers, change professions, develop their personal passions or simply learn something new. With an ever-growing offering of 18,000+ courses, students can transform their lives by learning any subject they choose—at their own pace, on their own time, on any device. For organizations, Udemy offers a comprehensive course content subscription and easy-to-use course-creation platform. Founded in 2010, privately owned Udemy is funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, and 500 Startups, among others. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco.

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