VC-backed Lynda.com boosts executive staff with new hires

Lynda.com has expanded its executive team with four new additions. Joining the firm are Alex Zivoder, who is coming on board as vice president and managing director of EMEA; Shveta Mujumdar, who has been named vice president of corporate development; Ken Sandy, who has been tapped as vice president of product; and Michael Lydon, who has been hired vice president of technology operations. Headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif., Lynda.com is an online education company. It is backed by Accel Partners, Meritech Capital Partners and Spectrum Equity.

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(CARPINTERIA, CA) –January 22, 2014 – lynda.com, an online education company with more than four million individual and enterprise members worldwide, today announced the addition of several new executives in management, product, technology and business development roles. The new hires will help lynda.com expand its global reach, enrich its content library and enhance user experience for the company, which provides the latest training in software, creative and business skills.
“We’ve selected some of the best talent in the industry to expand our team and to help us continue to drive our global and domestic growth,” said Eric Robison, president and CEO of lynda.com. “These new executives bring the expertise and experience required to expand our offerings and infrastructure, and ensure an outstanding experience for all our members.”
The new executives joining lynda.com include
Alex Zivoder joins lynda.com as vice president and managing director of EMEA. Zivoder brings a rich background in international business strategy and execution and in scaling ecommerce businesses in nascent markets. Prior to joining lynda.com, he was COO/MD Europe at viagogo, senior vice president at Expedia and managing director at Tele2 Group. Zivoder earned a PhD in economics at Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France and a post-graduate degree in statistics from ENSAE Paris, France.
Shveta Mujumdar has been named vice president of corporate development for lynda.com. Mujumdar was most recently with QuinStreet, where she led the company’s corporate development efforts. She has also worked in corporate strategy at Live Nation/Ticketmaster and was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a master’s and bachelor’s in economics from the University of Southern California.
Ken Sandy joins lynda.com as vice president of product. Sandy is a 16-year veteran in consumer Internet product management spanning education, mobile, digital media, ecommerce and search. He led product teams at fast-growth and startups companies building rich-media content and advertising platforms, mobile messaging and social networking solutions, and led business units in the US and China. Sandy is a Berkeley Industry Fellow through UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, where he teaches product management. He is an alumnus of the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Michael Lydon has been named vice president of technology operations for lynda.com. Lydon joins lynda.com from ValueClick, where he was vice president of technology operations and responsible for managing the global technology infrastructure supporting various business units. Prior to ValueClick, he was senior manager of operations for Microsoft. Lydon holds a BS in business management from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
About lynda.com
lynda.com is an online education company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, more than four million people have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts and filmed at the company’s 12-acre, state-of-the-art campus in Carpinteria, California. The company also provides German-, French- and Spanish-language content under the video2brain brand name. Founded in 1995 and incorporated in 1997, lynda.com is led by co-founders Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin and president and CEO Eric Robison. Learn more about the lynda.com story at www.lynda.com/press and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lynda.

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