Welcome our new VP of Product Rob Wong!
We are excited to announce a new member of the executive team, Rob Wong! Rob is joining as the vice president of product and will be managing Udemy’s product and design initiatives. As our CEO Dennis Yang put it, Rob “had the rare combination of product vision, team-building chops, and the humility to be part of something bigger than [himself].”
We sat down with Rob to chat about his past experiences and plans for his new role at Udemy.
Q: What motivated you to join the Udemy team?
A: I’m really passionate about education. When I think back to my career, I wish there was a Udemy around to help me. The team also really impressed me; I love how they think about things. The company culture is really strong and I wanted to be a part of that.
Q: What sparked your interest in ed-tech?
A: I’m a lifelong learner. I’ve jumped into different industries and I’ve had to pick up things quickly. I try to be very hands-on– when I was in business school I wanted to learn to cook better. Instead of paying for cooking classes, I volunteered at a restaurant. When I want to learn something new I jump right into it. Also, I’m a parent with two daughters, and in this role I get to learn about learning. It’s a great way for me to be a better teacher for my daughters.
Q: What from your past experience do you think would be most useful for you here at Udemy?
A: Everything I have done in the past will contribute to my role here in some way. As executive vice president of product at Sidecar I experienced a two-sided marketplace, similar to Udemy. When I spent five years working as head and VP of product Hulu, I got a lot of experience with a video service, which will be very helpful in this role too.
Q: What are you most excited about for your role at Udemy?
A: I am excited for the impact Udemy can have on the broader society and world — the opportunity Udemy has to unlock so much potential in so many people. It’s needed now because the workplace is so dynamic and you always need to learn new skills. The impact we can have is what gets me excited to wake up in the morning.
In his free time, Rob loves to cook, watch and play sports, and spend time with his two daughters. Welcome to the team, Rob!