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goFLUENT Taps Former Skillsoft Executive as Part of Global Expansion


goFLUENT, a leading disrupter in the language learning market, continues
its global expansion with the appointment of John Ambrose, former
Skillsoft and SumTotal executive, as President, goFLUENT North America
and Chief Strategy Officer. goFLUENT is now operating and offering local
support in 18 key markets around the world, including Brazil, China,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mauritius, Mexico, Philippines,
Russia, Spain, Switzerland and now also the US and Canada.

"We are super excited to have John on our leadership team," said
Christophe Ferrandou, goFLUENT Founder & CEO. "We see tremendous
opportunity ahead and John's experience and perspective will help us
both with our organic and strategic opportunities for growth."

Ambrose joins goFLUENT after 17 years in a variety of executive roles
with Skillsoft. He joined Skillsoft in 2001 with its acquisition of
Books24x7, a company he co-founded in 1998 that revolutionized digital
performance support in the enterprise. Ambrose created partnerships with
the world's leading publishers including John Wiley, McGraw-Hill,
Pearson, Microsoft Press, Harvard Business Publishing, Elsevier and many
others, and led the company through a period of rapid global expansion
that solidified Books24x7 as the de facto industry standard.

In 2007 he was appointed Skillsoft's Senior VP, Strategy and Corporate
Development, where he led a number of key acquisitions and was
recognized as one of the eLearning industry's thought leaders. In 2015,
Ambrose took on additional responsibilities as SVP & General Manager of
SumTotal, a leading HCM provider acquired by Skillsoft in 2014.

goFLUENT is a leading provider of distance
language learning solutions
that combine innovative eLearning
technology, live virtual
, and one-on-one
24x7 interactive coaching
. In an increasingly global market, the
company's solutions help organizations communicate more effectively
internally and externally by accelerating broad-based language
proficiency of non-native speakers of English and a growing portfolio of
other languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, and
Portuguese. The company is on a mission to give every employee "an equal
voice" regardless of their native tongue, thereby increasing their
ability to perform, advance and succeed.

"Three powerful trends are driving language skill training to the
executive agenda: the globalization of business, the intense war for
talent, and the increasing importance of a diverse workforce. If you are
part of the 85% of the world's population that doesn't speak English
natively, you are at a distinct career disadvantage," said Josh Bersin,
world-known industry analyst and founder of Bersin™ by Deloitte.

"John will help goFLUENT tap into the growing global demand for reducing
the ‘language friction' that exists in many large companies trying to
operate and compete globally. He has a keen sense for where the industry
is headed and how to build sustainable companies that deliver tremendous
value to their customers," said Bersin.

Ambrose is aggressively adding talent to its North America sales and
support organization. Industry veterans Bill Ferry, formerly of Grovo
and Skillsoft, and Kevin Bauman, formerly of Penn Foster, Microsoft, and
IBM, also joined the company as Regional Vice Presidents.

About goFLUENT

goFLUENT is established in 18 countries and powered by more than 600
employees. goFLUENT has assisted more than 500,000 learners from over
2,000 organizations become more efficient when doing business globally
and managing intercultural situations. With content partnerships
including the Harvard Business Review and the New York Times, and a
global average satisfaction rating of 98%, goFLUENT's wide array of
solutions are preparing organizations for global growth and success. For
more information, please visit

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