FutureLearn announces new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Growth Officer
Andy Hancock has been appointed as FutureLearn’s new Chief Executive Officer. Andy will join FutureLearn as CEO from 11 October, replacing Josh Nester, Interim CEO, who will resume his place on the Board. Andy will drive our mission of transforming access to education and continue to scale our position as a global leader in EdTech.
He brings extensive experience of scaling purpose-led consumer brands including MoneySaving Expert, DMG Media and most recently in his role as Chief Operating Officer at Moneysupermarket Group PLC, a FTSE 250 company with the mission to help households save money.
He has a proven record of leading the digital transformation of content and marketplace businesses, helping them leverage data to grow across new sectors, markets and audiences.
“I’m really excited to be joining a digital company with so much potential for growth and a clear purpose to transform access to education. I look forward to working with the Board and FutureLearn’s team to continue innovating for the benefit of our partners, existing learners and the global learners we have yet to connect with”
Andy Hancock, newly appointed FutureLearn CEO
“Having had the pleasure to get to know Andy over a series of conversations in these past few weeks (and spoken to several of his colleagues past and present), I can confidently say he is the ‘real deal’ and the right person to lead us through our next stage of growth and beyond. He’s a remarkably talented yet down-to-earth, humble person and an energetic, authentic leader who inspires and leads-by-example. Just as importantly, it’s clear to me that he is passionately motivated by our purpose to transform lives around the world through access to education.”
Josh Nester, Interim FutureLearn CEO
“The Board are delighted to announce that we found the right candidate for this crucial role. Josh has brilliantly steered the ship and Andy will continue our journey onwards”
Ron Kalifa, Chair of The FutureLearn Board
Yvonne Chien joined FutureLearn as Chief Growth Officer on 1st September and will focus on commercial strategy, data and marketing as key drivers in scaling our mission.
Yvonne has strength and depth of leadership experience across digital brands such as Google, Bebo, Brainjuicer and Getty Images. Her previous role was Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at life sciences global innovator Abcam. She has a fantastic record of integrating E-commerce, Customer Strategy and Marketing to drive impact and scale within competitive sectors.
“I’ve always been passionate about driving positive change in the world and I look forward to bringing my energy and leadership to the FutureLearn team. It’s an exciting time to be joining as we look to strength our global position and focus on what really matters to learners around the world”
Yvonne Chien, newly appointed Chief Growth Officer, FutureLearn
“Yvonne stood out for her mix of commercial experience and people first leadership. We know she will thrive at FutureLearn and the Exec team are especially excited to welcome her expertise and experience of e-commerce and customer strategy from such a diverse range of purpose-driven brands”
Josh Nester, interim CEO
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