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Leadership Team

NovoEd’s leadership team has broad experience in the enterprise learning and development and technology industries. Their shared passions include organizational transformation and collaborative, high-impact corporate learning.

Scott Kinney

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board

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Scott serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of NovoEd, which was acquired by Devonshire in October 2018. He also leads the education technology team for Devonshire Investors, the private investment arm of Fidelity. Before joining Devonshire in 2017, Scott was the president of Capella University, and has served as the chief executive of three other technology services businesses since the late 1990s. Scott is passionate about the potential for innovation and technology to aid the transformation of learning at all levels, particularly for the enterprise and the mid-career learner.

In addition to the field of education technology, Scott enjoys history, photography, and Nordic ski racing.  Scott holds a B.A. in geology from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University.  

Farnaz Ronaghi

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

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Farnaz designed and built the first version of the NovoEd platform in 2012 at Stanford’s Social Algorithms Lab. The project was part of her PhD thesis on collaborative learning at scale, and her research focused on incentives and motivators in online learning environments.

She is passionate about building the next generation of effective, engaging online learning experiences at scale.

Farnaz holds a B.S. in computer science from Sharif University of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D in management science and engineering; information science and technology from Stanford University.

Lory Pilchik

Chief Marketing Officer

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Lory has close to 25 years of technology sales and marketing experience. After beginning her career in corporate sales at IBM, she transitioned to marketing at Dell for 10 years. She then moved to the education sector, managing a U.S. K-12 education investment portfolio at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

Since 2010, Lory has served as CMO at two educational technology startups (Teachscape & SchoolMint) with great success. She aims to use her experience integrating technology across corporate, nonprofit, and educational markets to fuel NovoEd’s growth in the corporate and executive education markets.

Lory holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Stefanie Stevens

VP, Customer Experience

Stefanie has more than 15 years of experience as a customer operations executive, with strong expertise in building high-performance teams who consistently delight customers.

Before joining the NovoEd team, Stefanie was most recently the VP of Customer Success at Juvo, and was responsible for building a global customer experience team. Her strong passion for startup environments and building customer-focused organizations guides her success in delivering and managing NovoEd’s world-class processes.

Stefanie holds a B.A. in history from Wellesley College.

Bob Cronin

VP, Strategic Accounts

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Bob brings more than 32 years of sales performance consulting, team effectiveness, and coaching execution to his position.

Bob began his career at Achieve Global (formerly Xerox Learning Systems) before co-founding RevenueLab, a go-to-market strategy, training, and revenue acceleration consultancy. In 2003, he launched DQI Consulting, a sales decision training and consulting firm. This experience has guided his broad success at NovoEd, engaging clients across the globe.

Bob holds a B.A. in marketing from Suffolk University.

Bob Indihar

VP, Sales (West)

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Bob has over 30 years of technology sales and solution delivery experience having worked for software companies, management consulting firms, and high technology manufacturers.

Before joining NovoEd, Bob had focused on learning and collaboration solutions while at Cornerstone OnDemand,. EdCast, and Jive Software.  He has significant SaaS industry experience which helps him create successful customer outcomes with a focus on business value.  Prior significant roles were held with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC., General Instrument, and Unisys.

 Bob holds a B.S. in Computer Science & Business Administration from the University of Minnesota – Mankato.  

Charlie Chung

VP, Business Development

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Charlie has a background in management consulting and software technology implementation.

Before joining NovoEd, Charlie worked for ZS Associates, where he specialized in market research, designing and conducting large-scale quantitative surveys and qualitative methods including in-depth interviews and focus groups. Charlie is passionate about the professional learning field, and served as Editor in Chief of Class Central, where he conducted interviews with University professors who have launched online courses to hundreds of thousands of learners around the world.

Charlie holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Ferketa

VP, Engineering

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Daniel oversees NovoEd’s technical infrastructure, architecture and engineering organization. He spent more than a decade in Silicon Valley playing critical roles shaping the Silicon Valley landscape, to mention a couple, by merging hi5 networks into Tagged in San Francisco and helping Microsoft to move from Hotmail to LiveMail in Mountain View.

Daniel studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Addis Ababa University, in Ethiopia. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Maharishi University, in the US.

Ilbret Andrade

VP, Finance and Operations

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Ilbret Andrade’s diverse background and more than 15 years of experience include public accounting, auditing, and supporting M&A transactions.

Before joining NovoEd, Ilbret set up and built the quote-to-cash process at ServiceMax. During her tenure, the company grew to nearly a nine-figure Annual Recurring Revenue, and she was on the front line of due diligence when the company was acquired by General Electric for $1 billion.

Ilbret holds a B.S. in accounting from San Jose State University and is a certified public accountant.

Mike Straus

VP, Product Management

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Mike has more than 14 years of experience in product management across multiple industries building and delivering software that delights customers.

Before joining the NovoEd team, Mike was most recently EVP and VP of Product and Privis Health. Prior to that, he held multiple roles in Product Management including at Blackboard where he had ownership of the Learn Content Management platform and collaborative learning tools such as the Bb Learn wiki for team projects. 

Mike holds a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

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