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Udemy Appoints Venu Venugopal as Chief Technology Officer

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Udemy,
the global marketplace for learning and teaching online, today announced
the appointment of veteran technology leader Venu Venugopal as the
company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Udemy is aggressively scaling
operations to further support the millions of students and instructors
on the platform, as well as its corporate and government customers
around the world. Venugopal will lead the engineering, data science and
IT efforts to bolster the global growth of the company and help anyone
looking to learn new skills or improve existing ones find the right
teacher.

“We’re thrilled that Venu has joined the Udemy team,” said Gregg
Coccari, CEO of Udemy. “As we remain committed to helping students,
companies, and governments everywhere gain the skills they need to
compete in today’s economy, we look forward to working with Venu to
scale our business, continue to innovate on our platform, and deliver an
even better experience to the millions who teach and learn on Udemy.”

Venugopal joins Udemy from Expedia, where he was Vice President of
Engineering for HomeAway, the world’s leading online marketplace for
vacation homes. Prior to that, Venugopal founded, architected, and led
the development of Maya, the 3D-character animation and visual effects
platform, which won an Oscar for technical contributions to the film
industry. He also led the development of Adobe Flash, the highly
successful platform for delivering rich, engaging experiences across
multiple devices. Venu holds masters degrees in Computer Science and
Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

“It’s an honor to join a mission-driven company like Udemy and lead such
a talented team,” said Venugopal. “Knowing that the work we do directly
impacts the lives of millions is both a privilege and a great
responsibility. I’m excited to join the team and drive a new era of
innovation and user experience.”

About Udemy:

With a mission to improve lives through learning, Udemy is the online
learning destination that helps students, businesses, and governments
gain the skills they need to compete in today’s economy. More than 30
million students are mastering new skills from expert instructors
teaching over 100,000 online
courses
in topics from programming
and data
science
to leadership
and team
building
. For companies, Udemy for Business offers an employee
training
and development platform with subscription access to 3,000+
courses, learning analytics, as well as ability to host and distribute
their own content. Udemy for Government is designed to upskill workers
and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Udemy is privately owned and
headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Denver, India, Ireland,
Turkey, and Brazil.

Contacts

Romina Ederle
Senior Director, Global Communications at Udemy
romina.ederle@udemy.com

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