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August 19, 2014 08:00 ET

Former Ancestry.com and EF Englishtown Executive Andrew Wait to Drive lynda.com Growth as New Chief Revenue Officer

Company Opens San Francisco Office to Accelerate Growth and Expand Bay Area Engineering, Marketing and User Interface and Experience Teams

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and CARPINTERIA, CA--(Marketwired - August 19, 2014) - Online learning company lynda.com announced today that web services veteran Andrew Wait has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Most recently, Wait was president of EF Englishtown, the world's largest online English school based in London, and prior to that was SVP and general manager of Ancestry.com. Reporting to CEO Eric Robison, Wait will drive the company's strategic direction including, global expansion, marketing, customer experience and enterprise sales.

The company also announced the opening of a new San Francisco office giving lynda.com access to the Bay Area's extraordinary talent pool. Over the next several months, the company will hire for key positions in San Francisco in marketing, engineering, product management, and user interface and experience.

 "Andrew possesses the perfect blend of analytical thinking, hands-on initiative, creativity and leadership that will be critical for us as we continue to grow lynda.com," said lynda.com CEO Eric Robison.

"Andrew has great experience building and refining subscription services that enhance people's lives and we are thrilled to have him on board," said lynda.com Executive Chair and co-founder Lynda Weinman.

"lynda.com is built on a great foundation -- fantastic courses taught by experts, millions of happy customers who evangelize on our behalf, a talented and dedicated team passionate about helping people learn and solid financials," said Wait. "I'm excited to help grow the company, to expand our San Francisco presence and look forward to making lynda.com a household name."

While president of EF Englishtown, Wait accelerated subscriber and revenue growth in its existing markets (Japan, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, China, the US, Western Europe, Russia and the Middle East), established presence in new markets and drove significant operating and product improvements. As SVP and general manager of Ancestry.com, the world's largest online genealogy resource, Wait was responsible for overhauling existing properties (Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker), increasing user contributed content (on Ancestry.com), launching new products, revitalizing both brands and generating significant revenue and subscriber growth leading to its successful IPO in 2009. Wait has also held senior positions at Blurb, Bank of America, Hilton Hotels and Kodak Gallery (Ofoto).

About lynda.com
lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. The company also provides German-, French- and Spanish-language content under the video2brain brand name.

lynda.com, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Carpinteria, California with offices in San Francisco, London, Sydney and Graz and is funded in part by Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech Capital Partners.

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