Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:22

Pluralsight spearheads APAC expansion in Australia

Pluralsight managing director of ANZ/APAC Mike Featherstone Pluralsight managing director of ANZ/APAC Mike Featherstone

Technology skills platform provider Pluralsight has appointed Mike Featherstone as managing director of ANZ/APAC as part of its strategy to use its Australian operation as a stepping stone for further expansion in the APAC region.

"We have an incredible team on the ground in Australia and Singapore partnering with leading companies across all sectors to provide them with the fastest path to developing the technology skills needed to achieve their business goals. With our foundation solidified, it's time to accelerate growth in Australia and beyond, and we are excited to have Mike at the helm to lead our expansion efforts, " said Pluralsight co-founder and CEO Aaron Skonnard.

"Mike brings a wealth of global experience and an outstanding track record for leading and transforming the Pluralsight business with energy and passion. I'm excited to see his positive influence take shape in the region with the Pluralsight team, our partners and our customers."

Featherstone has worked for Pluralsight for four years, most recently as Dublin-based head of EMEA operations, and recently relocated to Sydney to take up his new role.

He previously worked for Goldman Sachs, Barclays Bank, and Laureate International Universities.

"It's been a privilege to be with Pluralsight for as long as I have and experience first hand such incredible growth, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to sit front row and center for the next phase of our growth as we embark on our expansion in the region," said Featherstone.

Company officials said Featherstone's experience of leading Pluralsight's EMEA expansion and his deep knowledge of the business across multiple markets made him the ideal candidate to lead the company's next phase of international growth.

Featherstone holds a BA in Chinese and economics from Brigham Young University and and MBA from the University of Chicago.

Pluralsight plans to more than double the size of its team in Australia over the next three years, hiring more than 50 people for roles in areas including sales, customer support, marketing, and operations.

The company has signed a lease on new office space in Sydney's Australia Square.

These investments are expected to bring over $30 million to Australia's economy over the next three years.

"We have enjoyed working with Utah-based Pluralsight on their expansion plans for APAC and are excited that they have chosen to begin their next phase of international growth in Australia," said said Australian Trade and Investment Commission general manager for the Americas Nicola Watkinson.

"We know that Pluralsight's platform will help Australians continue to develop the necessary skills we need to grow even more competitive in this increasingly digital economy."

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