Viridis Learning Names Jing Liao President and Chief Commercial Officer

Recognized industry-leading executive joins young company seeking to disrupt human capital and higher education markets

Feb 16, 2016, 12:00 ET from Viridis Learning Inc.

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Viridis Learning Inc., a leading provider of algorithm-based software for college student career placement, named award-winning executive Jing Liao, formerly a member of Viridis' Board of Directors, as President and Chief Commercial Officer.

Felix Ortiz, Chairman and CEO of Viridis commented, "we are very excited to invite Jing to join our team. We have an unprecedented opportunity to capture the higher education placement market and impact millions of people's lives globally. Jing's passion and her remarkable experience and success in providing enterprise-class human capital solutions is just what we need to take Viridis to the next level. We are looking forward to a bright future with Jing coming on board to spearhead our sales efforts!"

"I am thrilled to work with Viridis' highly reputable board and investors, our passionate and fearless leader Felix and our committed leadership team and staff, and critical college and corporate partners to extend our impact in connecting students, schools and employment," said Liao. "Time to fill, cost of hire, and quality of hire have always been the front and center of corporations' talent concerns. Viridis Learning provides a unique solution with access to validated school records and systematic job match. I am honored to be considered for this ideal leadership opportunity to marry my passion for higher education and talent development with my track record of successful enterprise talent management. Our vision to build stronger career path for millions of college students will have a real impact of the whole world. I'm excited to be a part of the journey."

Liao comes to Viridis Learning from TriNet HR Corporation, the leading bundled HR service provider for small to mid-sized companies as their Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Under Liao's leadership, TriNet won the Elite Award of the Best and Brightest Company in San Francisco in 2014, and the National Award of Best and Brightest Company in 2015, and National Award of Best and Brightest Wellness Practice in 2015. Her team filled more than a thousand positions in 2015 and created one of the largest sales organizations in the Professional Employer Organization industry. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Global Human Resources for Atmel Corpration, a leading Semidonductor Company. Atmel was called the "King of Touch Controller outside of Apple" in 2011. Liao has been Co chair of the San Francisco CHRO Forum since 2011, and serves the advisory board of the HRIR program for the Carlson school of management of university of Minnesota. She also serves the Board Executive Compensation Committee for El Camino Hospital. She was awarded as the top ten global HR leaders in 2013 by Evanta, and the HR executive of the year by the American business award in 2015.

Mark Farrell, Partner at Thayer Ventures, an investor in Viridis Learning, said "we are pleased Viridis Learning is able to attract Jing to join the team. We are confident Jing will help to bring in the strategic and operational discipline to Viridis to capture an amazing market opportunity in the higher education career placement segment. We are looking forward to the rapid growth and success of Viridis Learning."

Ryan Craig, Managing Director at University Ventures and an investor in Viridis said, "Utilizing technology to connect colleges and students with employers on the basis of skills is one of the most significant economic opportunities of our time. We are pleased Viridis has successfully attracted an top HR executive like Jing with such an impressive track record and are confident she will help Viridis become a market leader in this exciting new sector."

ABOUT VIRIDIS LEARNING

Viridis is a New York-based social enterprise focused on decreasing income inequality and expanding the middle class by seamlessly connecting students, colleges, and employers. Effectively, we aim to "fill" the skills gap by focusing on the needs of employers and integrating into existing college infrastructure. This integration empowers students with a clear pathway to gainful employment and, once they're prepared, our algorithms automatically match them to their target job.

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