|[January 10, 2013]
lynda.com Furthers Strategic Momentum with New CFO
CARPINTERIA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
lynda.com, a leader in online video education, today announced the
addition of respected financial leader Elaine Kitagawa to its executive
team as the company's chief financial officer.
Elaine Kitagawa, lynda.com CFO (Photo: Business Wire)
"Elaine's track record and leadership in corporate finance, sales
operations, business development and commerce innovation align strongly
with our vision and outlook," said Eric Robison, lynda.com president and
CEO. "Adding Elaine to our executive team continues the expansion of our
team with proven executives that bring experience and depth to
Kitagawa joins lynda.com as the company continues to build global
momentum in delivering its subscription-based library of video
tutorials. There are currently more than two million people worldwide
with access to its software, creative and business skills courses.
"lynda.com is continuing to deliver enormous impact in the world of
skills development and self-directed learning," said Kitagawa. "My
experience guiding growth companies serves the lynda.com vision and
business goals. I couldn't be more thrilled to join this company at this
Kitagawa comes to lynda.com from her CFO role at Saba Software Inc., a
sotware-as-a-service (SaaS (News - Alert)) e-learning and human resource management
solutions provider. Prior to Saba, Kitagawa served as COO of global
social gaming online community Gaia Online.
Her experience spans software, high-technology, and Internet companies,
including online commerce and transaction innovator Ariba, where she
served as vice president of corporate finance and investor relations.
She has held financial and operational roles at Clarify Inc., the Dialog
Corporation and 3Com (News - Alert) Corporation, and began her career as a senior
auditor at KPMG. Kitagawa, a CPA, holds a Bachelor of Science degree
from Haas School of Business, at University of California, Berkeley.
"Bringing Elaine to the team at this time aligns perfectly with our
growth outlook and financial progress," said Lynda Weinman, lynda.com
co-founder and executive chair. "As we continue to bring learning and
personal advancement opportunities to people around the world, Elaine's
ability to build strong financial platforms and business innovations
serves our member, author and employee communities. I look forward to
her role in shaping our value as a company and industry leader."
In addition to Kitagawa, lynda.com recently welcomed former PopCap (News - Alert) chief
technology officer and Adobe executive Frits Habermann to the executive
team as its CTO.
is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, creative
and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals.
With a lynda.com subscription, members receive unlimited access to a
vast library of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials. New
courses and topics are added every week at no extra cost. We carefully
select the world's top experts who are the best in their field,
passionate about their subject matter and know how to teach. Members
tell us that a lynda.com subscription instills self-confidence and
unlocks a sense of accomplishment that they have not found anywhere
else. With over two million individual, corporate, academic and
government users, lynda.com was
ranked the 13th fastest-growing, privately-held education company in the
U.S. by Inc. Magazine.
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