SOURCE: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

November 23, 2010 09:16 ET

Meridian Names Vinay Nilakantan Director of Product Development and Research

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - November 23, 2010) - Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC has named Vinay Nilakantan, director of product development and research. Nilakantan and his team will manage the development of Meridian's flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, as well as the company's learning-management mobile and analytics tools. Nilakantan will also define the product path and oversee quality assurance for the LMS software maker. Nilakantan's prior role was as the company's director of commercial and government accounts, a team that implements Meridian's learning management system. 

"Vinay has a strategic vision of what our clients want from the next generation of learning-management technology," said Roy Haythorn, executive vice president of Meridian Knowledge Solutions. "Vinay has the right leadership for creating synergies between the product development teams, sales force and implementation group."

Nilakantan also sees his product development team playing a larger role in assisting Meridian's sales force, assessing the marketplace and incorporating new functionality into the product in anticipation of business trends that are currently being deployed across some of the country's largest employers.

"Meridian has won numerous awards for LMS excellence, customer service and ease of use," said Nilakantan. "My role is to continue our ability to deliver a solid LMS product and also enhance the product development lifecycle with processes and structure that will ultimately benefit all our customers."

Added Nilakantan, "As corporate America's landscape changes, we aim to have Meridian rightly positioned to effectively handle workforce learning and development through effective technology."

Meridian's product development and research team possesses expertise with software development, e-learning content, collaboration technologies and e-learning standards, such as SCORM. Nilakantan's senior managers on the team include: Fabrice Bonnaire, technical director for product development, an expert in programming, designing and testing enterprise software; Chris Sawwa, Meridian's e-learning director and liaison to LETSI; and, Anand Rajagopalan, technical director, who is a subject matter expert in analyzing, designing and developing software applications.

Since joining Meridian in 2004, Nilakantan has implemented enterprise editions of Meridian's learning management system for some of America's largest employers. Before Meridian, he held senior-level project management roles with both software makers and services firms. Nilakantan graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Madras in India and holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

About Meridian
Our flagship product, Meridian Global LMS, integrates learning content management, workforce analytics, knowledge management, and competency modeling in one learning management system (LMS). In addition to Meridian Global LMS, we provide professional services, courseware development, and hosting services. We serve approximately 8 million users at more than 300 public- and private-sector employers. Our software is used by companies that range in size from 1,000,000 employees to less than 100 workers. Our clients include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, AutoZone, Panera Bread, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, Whirlpool and more than 80 federal, state, and local governments.

We are the number one ranked learning-technology company for customer loyalty. Our award-winning software aims to deliver learning, distribute knowledge, and sharpen business skills, which will make you a leader in your industry. Our Chantilly, Va.-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To learn more, visit, or follow Meridian on Twitter at

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