Monday, 12 September 2016 13:48

Skillsoft goes for growth with new APAC chief

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Melissa Ries, Skillsoft Melissa Ries, Skillsoft

eLearning vendor Skillsoft is looking to grow its business in the APAC region with the appointment of former Pivotal, EMC and SAP senior manager Melissa Ries as vice-president and managing director of Asia Pacific.

Before Skillsoft, Ries was previously the vice-president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Japan at Pivotal, a software firm that provides software and services for the development of custom applications for big data and analytics based on cloud computing technology.

Prior to Pivotal, Ries served in the same role for EMC’s Greenplum Division, where she was responsible for managing the sales and operations across Asia Pacific. Ries also held senior leadership roles at SAP Business Objects and SSA Global.

Ries holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Queensland, and has a CPA qualification.

“Skillsoft combines my two passions: Software as a Service and Learning and Development. For most of my career I have worked in software, and I’ve always been passionate about helping people develop and grow. The opportunity here at Skillsoft, the global leader in eLearning, is tremendous, and gives me the opportunity to pursue that passion,” Ries said.

“The workplace is changing rapidly, and the people and skills that organisations need to survive and thrive are shifting just as quickly. Learning and development is the key to help organisations close skills gaps, enable agility and improve performance.”

“We’re very excited to welcome Melissa to the Skillsoft team,” said Chad Gaydos, senior vice-president of global content sales at Skillsoft.

“Melissa has spent the last 23 years as a senior software executive, and has a deep knowledge of and experience in selling complex enterprise software and disruptive technologies to customers in APAC. She has a track record for leading high-performing teams to exceed multi-million dollar annual sales targets in highly competitive environments.”

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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