The Renaissance Network is excited to announce the placement of Eric Kuennen as President, North America, for their client, upGrad.
A global leader in online higher education, upGrad partners with top-tier universities to create immersive learning experiences, including high-level online courses and career counseling.
As President, Eric will oversee all university partnerships and operations for upGrad in the United States. He will be developing a nationwide strategy to connect the visions and goals of premier universities with upGrad’s mission and values to establish long-standing partnerships.
Eric is a dynamic, learning leader who brings twenty-five years of successful business development, strategy, and management experience in the education industry to his new role. With a strong belief in the impact of education and a growth mindset, he has excelled at leading EdTech organizations to achieve higher levels of growth and development in a constantly evolving industry. Most recently, Eric led business development efforts at Kaplan University Partners as Executive Director, Work Readiness Solutions.
Eric has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Advertising and Business Administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
upGrad began in 2015 with the conviction that in an ever-changing industry, professionals need to continuously upskill themselves to stay relevant. Since then, they have focused on building a great online learning experience by collaborating with the right universities and industry partners. upGrad received the ‘Best Education Brands’ award by Economic Times in 2018, Most Innovative Companies in India’ by Fast Company in 2017, and has made it to LinkedIn’s ‘Top 25 Startups’ two years in a row in 2018 and 2019, and in 1st position in 2020.
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