Udemy Hires Darren Shimkus to Lead Udemy for Business Team and Meet Increasing Demand For High-Quality Corporate Training
Company expands leadership team to continue on its mission to provide workforces with critical skills
San Francisco, CA – September 2, 2015 – Udemy, the leading marketplace for online education, today announced Darren Shimkus has joined the company as vice president and general manager of Udemy for Business, Udemy’s industry-leading corporate training platform. The hire comes as Udemy for Business has grown to serve more than 200 customers, including Century 21, Lyft and General Mills, and will further enhance Udemy’s ability to help businesses tap the full potential of their workforce.
“More and more companies are making the shrewd move to invest in developing their employees by arming them with the most advanced skills,” said Udemy CEO Dennis Yang. “With his experience in corporate training and growing large global teams, Darren will lead the charge to scale Udemy for Business and partner with leading companies to change the way 21st-century knowledge workers learn.”
Shimkus brings nearly two decades of experience building and growing high-performing sales, marketing, and product management teams. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of global sales and business development at Mophie, a technology company that manufactures smartphone accessories. At Mophie, Shimkus was responsible for driving revenue across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia, where in two years he doubled the company’s revenue to several hundred million dollars. Prior to Mophie, Darren worked at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), serving in various product development, sales, and general management roles. His experience building and working with enterprise corporate training products at CEB makes him well-suited to help grow Udemy for Business, where he will lead all marketing, sales, strategy, and operations for the company’s corporate learning platform.
Udemy for Business provides customers with a distinct advantage in today’s increasingly competitive and ever-evolving business landscape. The platform gives companies access to on-demand courses taught by world-class experts, as well as the tools to develop their own training content for employees. Customers are able use the turnkey Udemy platform to arm their teams with the skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace and deliver that knowledge on nearly any device.
“Businesses succeed or fail on the strength of their workforce,” said Shimkus. “Udemy for Business helps knowledge workers keep their skills up to date, whether that means learning agile development from the world’s experts, or using the platform to create custom content for their teams. I’m looking forward to realizing our vision of tapping the talents of the modern workforce to transform business performance.”
Shimkus’s hire is the latest of several moves as Udemy continues to expand. Last month, the company added to its leadership team with VP of Product Robert Wong and VP of Content Grégory Boutté. In June, the company raised $65 million in Series D Funding. Udemy has 8 million students and 18,000 instructors in more than 190 countries, and 2,000 new courses are added to the platform each month.
About Udemy for Business
Udemy for Business is the fastest-growing online platform for on-demand learning. Built for businesses striving to stay at the forefront of innovation, Udemy for Business is specifically designed to offer relevant, just-in-time skills training anytime, anywhere. The Udemy for Business solution curates cutting-edge, high-quality courses taught by industry-leading experts and provides teams with intuitive tools to securely create and distribute their own proprietary content. Global brands like Century 21, Lyft, General Mills, and Instacart rely on Udemy for Business to train their workforce and excel in the skills-driven economy.