Bangalore, India, May 18, 2015: Simplilearn, a leading global provider of online training and professional certification courses, today announced that software industry’s backbone Mr. Ram Gupta has joined its board of directors. Mr. Gupta currently serves as a director on the boards of Progress Software (PRGS), FusionOps, Unmetric and Uniken Inc.
Mr. Gupta is a respected Silicon Valley software executive with over 25 years of strategy and execution expertise in fast-paced, innovative technology companies, especially those located in North America. His diverse experience ranges from chip design to application software, and he has been part of teams that built the first healthcare Internet transaction service, the first pure Internet application software and the first application integration in the cloud.
Mr. Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO of Simplilearn said, “Ram Gupta has been an integral part of the software industry for over two decades with rich domain expertise and deep knowledge of the North American market. We are honoured to welcome Ram to our board at this invaluable time when we are focused on strengthening our presence further in the US, which is our biggest market yet has vast potential for further growth and opportunities.”
Simplilearn recently secured $15 million in Series-C funding led by Mayfield with participation from Kalaari Capital and Helion Venture Partners. This funding will enable the company to further expand its presence and offerings in the North American market. With plans to open a new studio in the Bay Area to produce learning content, Simplilearn is also in the process of hiring senior level talent in the region.
“I am pleased to be a part of Simplilearn at this point in time where the company is poised to rapid scalability & vast growth. I look forward to contributing to the future progress of this exceptional company in North America”, remarks Mr. Ram Gupta.
Before becoming a seasoned investor and advisor, Ram served as the President and CEO of Cast Iron System. During his tenure, the company became the first and the largest vendor of application integration in the cloud. Both the revenue and the customer base grew over 500%. It was then acquired by IBM. Prior to that, Ram was the Executive Vice President at PeopleSoft Inc., where he was responsible for strategy, development, marketing, customer support, alliances and mergers and acquisitions. He led over 6000 people in 15 different countries and managed a P&L of $1.6B. During his stint the market capitalization grew from $3 billion to over $10 billion and the company was acquired by Oracle.
Ram was also the Senior Vice President and General Manager at WebMD Corp. He was part of the executive team that grew WebMD from a $5 million annual revenue start-up to a public company with a market cap of over $2B. In the past, Ram led various teams at Silicon Graphics, IBM and Tata Consultancy Services. He holds several patents in the U.S. and was presented the Smithsonian Computer World “Search for Heroes” Award for the year 2000. Ram holds an MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and graduated with Honors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.
As a destination for certification training courses, Simplilearn caters to professionals across industries and functions. Rated by Deloitte as the 11th fastest growing technology firm in India, and by the IAMAI as the best educational website, the company has trained over 200,000+ professionals across 100+ countries, led by over 2,000 qualified trainers. Courses spanning vendors, industries and platforms, Simplilearn offers training for everything from Advanced Cloud Computing to Six Sigma. Simplilearn is accredited and approved worldwide by over 20+ leading global bodies.
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