CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EdX, the nonprofit online learning initiative, today announced the appointment of Wendy Cebula as the company's president and chief operating officer. Ms. Cebula will assume the day-to-day management and oversight of the nonprofit's operations, while current president Anant Agarwal will become edX's CEO, focusing on its strategic direction, growth and partnerships.
The appointment of Ms. Cebula, a former Vistaprint executive, comes as edX continues to grow, expanding users, courses and partners. Ms. Cebula will help to build out and scale operations to accelerate edX's next phase of growth. The company currently provides a world-class destination site for learning and an open sourced platform, embraced by countries, institutions and companies around the world.
"Wendy will be a great asset to edX because she has a proven track record for enabling global growth and driving operational excellence, and she is experienced in running large online businesses," said Agarwal. "We are confident that Wendy will bring strong digital and business expertise to bear as we take edX to the next level and continue to drive access and awareness of our high-quality, diverse courses."
Ms. Cebula is best known for her 13-year tenure at Vistaprint, a leading online provider of professional marketing products and services to micro businesses and the home, where she most recently served as chief operating officer and helped grow and scale the company from $1 million to over $1 billion in revenue globally.
"I'm thrilled to join edX at such an important point in the organization's growth and evolution," said Ms. Cebula. "Innovation in education shows no signs of slowing, and I'm excited to be a part of this movement and part of an organization that is literally changing the face of education for whole nations, businesses, universities and millions of learners around the world."
Ms. Cebula received her bachelor's degree in finance from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Board of Directors for ResearchNow and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit founded to help women-led businesses become and stay successful.
EdX is a nonprofit enterprise offering online courses from the 34 global institutions of higher education that comprise the xConsortium, along with a diverse group of leading organizations around the world that also contributes courses to edx.org. Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX is focused on transforming online and on-campus learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like experiences and cutting-edge research on an open source platform. Based in Cambridge, MA, USA, edX is focused on people, not profit.
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