PE-backed Lynda.com taps Salesforce.com’s Nierenberg as GM

Online education firm Lynda.com has hired Erik Nierenberg as general manager of its enterprise business unit. Previously, Nierenberg worked at Salesforce.com. Lynda.com is backed by TPG, Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech.

PRESS RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and CARPINTERIA, CA — (Marketwired) — 01/27/15 — Online learning company lynda.com announced today that enterprise software executive Erik Nierenberghas joined the company as General Manager of its Enterprise business unit. Nierenberg comes to lynda.com after an extensive tenure at Salesforce.com, the world’s #1 CRM company. Based in San Francisco and reporting to lynda.com president, Andrew Wait, Nierenberg will be responsible for all elements of the company’s growing Enterprise line of business, with a global focus on the corporate, government and education markets.

As organizations continue to increase their spending on corporate learning, estimated to account for over $70 billion in the U.S. alone, the need for robust, enterprise-wide learning solutions, such as those offered by lynda.com, is clear. As learning methods continue to evolve, the use of video has shown to be highly effective in reaching multiple teams, creating customized learning paths and providing a more engaging way to develop employees, and elevate the entire workforce.

lynda.com provides organizations of all sizes with complete access across phone, tablet, and desktop to more than 5,700 courses and 255,000 video tutorials, enabling them to promote the professional and leadership development of their employees. As a result, individuals across the organization and of any skill level can learn the latest technology, business and creative skills by interacting with video tutorials at their own pace, where and when it’s most convenient.

Following another strong year for growth, lynda.com plans to continue to invest and further grow its customer base — already comprised of half of the Fortune 50, 30 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities (including all of the Ivy League), numerous state government agencies and all branches of the U.S. military — both in the U.S. and internationally.

“Throughout his career, Erik has demonstrated the ability to guide growth, create and execute business strategy and drive success for innovative software companies,” said Andrew Wait, president of lynda.com. “His experience and leadership will play a crucial role as we work to teach more people more skills, and as lynda.com continues its rapid growth across segments, industries, and global markets.