News Release

Udemy Appoints Rob Rosenthal as Chief Revenue Officer

May 21, 2024  |  

Seasoned leader with strong track record of scaling enterprise businesses globally and accelerating revenue will oversee next stage of growth for Udemy Business

Former Adobe and SAP executive to lead Udemy Business’ global go-to-market strategy, expand partnerships and strengthen customer relationships

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2024-- Udemy (Nasdaq: UDMY), a leading online skills marketplace and learning platform, today announced it has appointed Rob Rosenthal as Chief Revenue Officer to lead Udemy Business, effective June 3, 2024. Rosenthal brings over 25 years of experience in the software industry, helping high-growth organizations accelerate revenues while scaling globally.

Rosenthal will report directly to Udemy’s President and CEO, Greg Brown, and will oversee the entire Udemy Business team. In this role, Rosenthal will have global responsibility for Udemy Business’ enterprise sales strategy, with a focus on driving sustainable growth through acquiring new customers, deepening relationships with existing customers, and expanding into new geographies.

“Rob is a proven sales leader with deep expertise and a unique skill set that is the right fit to usher Udemy Business through its next stage of growth,” said Udemy President and CEO Greg Brown. “We are seeing strong demand globally as it is more critical than ever for enterprises to continuously develop the skills of their workforce, particularly as generative AI is accelerating the pace of change and evolving the way we work. Rob has successfully led global go-to-market teams through significant revenue growth and has a proven track record for establishing new routes to market and strengthening existing revenue streams. I am confident in Rob’s ability to expand Udemy’s market presence and capture the significant opportunity ahead of us.”

Prior to joining Udemy, Rosenthal served as Chief Revenue Officer at Bloomreach, a global digital commerce company. During his tenure from 2020 to 2024, he was instrumental in tripling the organization's revenue. His strategies focused on scaling operations and expanding the company’s international presence. Before that, he spent five years at Adobe in various senior leadership roles, where he contributed significantly to scaling the Americas enterprise business revenue from $1 billion to $2 billion. He was instrumental in transforming the organization’s approach from a point solution to a platform solution selling motion, while also enhancing operational efficiency. Earlier in his career, Rosenthal was Senior Vice President of Sales and General Manager for a large business within SAP. Under his leadership, the business consistently experienced more than 40% annual revenue growth.

“Udemy is at an exciting inflection point with Annual Recurring Revenue approaching $500 million,” Rosenthal said. “More than 16,000 companies worldwide already leverage its best-in-class platform to enhance their workforces’ capabilities and make strategic talent management decisions. There is a significant opportunity to not only grow that customer base, but also deepen relationships with existing customers. My personal commitment to continuous learning fuels my excitement to apply my experience on a broader scale to help organizations and professionals reach their full potential. I am thrilled for the opportunity to join the leadership team at Udemy to further the mission of transforming lives through learning.”

About Udemy

Udemy (Nasdaq: UDMY) transforms lives through learning by providing flexible and effective skills development and validation. Through the Udemy Intelligent Skills Platform and its community of instructors, millions of learners gain expertise in a wide range of technical and professional skills – from generative AI to leadership. The Udemy marketplace provides learners with thousands of up-to-date courses in dozens of languages, offering a variety of solutions to achieve their goals. Udemy Business empowers enterprises to offer on-demand learning for all employees, immersive learning for tech teams, and cohort learning for leaders. Udemy Business customers include Fender, Glassdoor, On24, The World Bank and Volkswagen. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco with hubs in Denver, USA; Ankara and Istanbul, Türkiye; Dublin, Ireland; Melbourne, Australia; and Gurugram, India.

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