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Open LMS Announces David Ells and Bill Conran as New Leadership

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With over 14 years of combined leadership experience working with SaaS-based learning technologies, David Ells and Bill Conran are Open LMS’s new senior leaders.


Open LMS, a leading provider of open-source learning management systems, is delighted to announce David Ells as the company’s new Managing Director. Additionally, joining the esteemed core leadership team is Bill Conran, as newly appointed Head of Sales.

Both David and Bill, with a combined 14+ years of leadership experience working with SaaS-based learning technologies, are joining from Watershed, Open LMS’s sibling company within the Learning Technologies Group (LTG) portfolio.

In the last five years, David Ells has led Watershed’s 175% growth in its learning analytics platform business. With a strong and extensive technology background, he has been in the eLearning industry for the last 15+ years, having started out with eLearning standards and interoperability specialists, Rustici Software, in 2008, which is also part of LTG.

Bill Conran joins Open LMS with over seven years of expertise as Head of Sales, Business Development, and Strategy at Watershed and, prior to that, he spent eight years as Vice President, Global Strategy & Business Development at Underwriters Laboratories (now known as UL Solutions).

“Being part of a team powering the education and training for millions of people worldwide is the biggest honor I've experienced during my 15+ year career in the eLearning industry,” said David Ells. “I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter of Open LMS along with a diverse group of colleagues from around the world.”

Said Bill Conran, “With David and myself at the helm, we’re confident that Open LMS has a known and proven leadership team supporting the organization and its customers. We look forward to bringing our fresh perspectives alongside the input of our new Open LMS colleagues to usher in a new period of growth and innovation.”

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