NEW YORK, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LRN, which helps organizations meet their compliance obligations, shape ethical behavior, and strengthen culture and leadership, announced today that Michael A. Koch has joined the company as President and a member of the Executive Committee.
"Michael's appointment coincides with LRN's 20th Anniversary and comes at a key moment in our journey as a company," said Dov Seidman, founder and CEO of LRN. "Our robust platform and our ethics, compliance, culture and leadership solutions have enabled us to reach over 20 million people, and counting – and our focus on the 21st Century as the Era of Behavior is more resonant than ever. We intend to build on this foundation and Michael Koch will be a key leader in our global growth."
According to Seidman, "Michael's focus will be on growth, product innovation, operational rigor, and principled performance. His joining LRN reflects our deepening commitment to the ethics and compliance space while also expanding our culture and leadership solutions."
Koch joins LRN from Vienna, Austria and brings over 20 years of significant global experience. For the past seven years, he's led major businesses in media, legal information services, and publishing; serving as CEO of Wolters Kluwer France and Walters Kluwer Central and Eastern Europe where he oversaw more than 1,000 employees and managed revenues of over $200 million. Over the last two decades in leadership positions at Wolters, Mondi Group and Unilever Koch has focused on marketing and sales excellence and overall operational performance. He has worked across Europe and globally, and speaks fluent English and French, as well as native German. It is expected that Koch will have an immediate impact on expanding LRN's global presence as well as bolster business opportunities in the United States. Koch holds an MBA in Business Administration and Economics from Vienna University and attended the Stanford University Executive Program on Managing Innovation.
Reflecting on joining LRN, Koch stated: "I feel very honored and energized to join LRN's highly committed and professional team of colleagues. I believe we are a one-of-a-kind company — we have a unique mission, a set of sustainable core values, a strong business focus and operate in a world that needs as never before new ways to foster ethical behavior. I am passionate about being an active part of LRN's mission and about helping LRN leverage its immense opportunities for business success and significance."
In order to meet the letter and spirit of US immigration laws, Michael will be working out of LRN's London office, with frequent trips to the US and other LRN locations, with long-term transfer to the New York offices of LRN anticipated in the coming months.
Since 1994, LRN has helped over 20 million people at more than 700 companies, worldwide, simultaneously navigate complex legal and regulatory environments and foster ethical cultures. LRN's combination of practical tools, education and strategic advice helps companies translate their values into concrete corporate practices and leadership behaviors that create sustainable competitive advantage. In partnership with LRN, companies need not choose between living principles and maximizing profits, or between enhancing reputation and growing revenue: all are a product of principled performance. As a global company, LRN works with organizations in more than 100 countries, and has offices in major cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai and Paris.