Online learning marketplace Udemy on Tuesday announced the appointment of Irwin Anand as the company's India Managing Director. Anand will be responsible for starting Udemy's first office in India, growing the local team and deepening the company's investment in the country. He will also be focusing on further localising the Udemy student and instructor experience in the country.
Anand said in a press release:
"It is an exciting time to join Udemy as it is already on a huge growth trajectory bringing learning opportunities to millions around the world. I look forward to working with the team, building our local operations, and making education available to even more people and in all corners of India.”
Prior to Udemy, Anand, a graduate from XLRI Jamshedpur, was the Chief Operating Officer at OLX India. Before that, Anand was leading business development for Yahoo! India.
Gregg Coccari, CEO of Udemy, said, "With a mission to improve lives through learning, Udemy sees a big opportunity to bring a more localised experience for our students and instructors in India. Irwin has the right experience to help us extend the benefits of our learning platform to students, companies, and governments alike.”
Udemy is privately-owned and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Denver, Ireland, Turkey, and Brazil. The online learning marketplace helps students, companies, and governments in skill-building.
The marketplace has over 30 million students and 42,000 instructors, teaching 100,000 courses and in over 50 different languages. Udemy for Business offers subscription access to more than 3,000 business-relevant courses and learning analytics.
The company has so far raised eight rounds of funding worth $173 million. Its list of investors include Naspers, Northwest Venture Partners, and Lightbank.