rmlogoRemote-Learner most recently made headlines when it sold its UK division to Blackboard. This week it announced some personnel changes which could be key to its growth in the future.

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First, Jason Cole has stepped into the role of Board Chairman replacing founder Bryan Williams who will remain on the board. Mr. Cole will vacate his position as CEO of the company. Company COO, Ron Olsen will become CEO. Read the full release here: http://goo.gl/AbUFzy

Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. Olsen was the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of European Operations for the company’s UK-based subsidiary, Remote-Learner UK, Ltd. until its acquisition in April. Mr. Olsen joined the company as consulting CFO in 2011 and assumed a full-time role in 2013. Prior to Remote-Learner, Mr. Olsen was the founder of Insight Professional Services, LLC, a Denver, CO based accounting services firm and held senior management positions with Progressive Home, LLC and Inasoft, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Olsen served as CFO for Miramar Venture Partners, Senior Associate for Enterprise Partners, and Audit Manager for Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Olsen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Summit54.

In addition to internal changes the company has hired Ted Hopper as Chief Revenue Officer. Mr. Hopper is a 7 year veteran of Blackboard previously serving as VP of Business Development. According to the release (http://goo.gl/GKwDFd),

“I’m thrilled to join the Remote-Learner team” said Mr. Hopper. “I believe Remote-Learner’s outstanding strategic consulting and development personnel coupled with their support of open source platforms for both the academic and corporate learning markets distinctly positions the company for considerable future growth. Remote-Learner is one of the longest standing brands in the eLearning space and I look forward to helping them build on that strong foundation.”


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  1. Sounds pretty ugly, what is happening with Blackboard and Remote Learner. Revenue officers, Financial officers, COOs and CEOs are terms you never here of at Moodle HQ and the open source community. Frankly, I never want to talk with them. In the Great Bazaar, only educators and developers and those with imagination are welcome.


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