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Desire2Learn Hires Additional Leadership to Support Rapid Growth

Press Release

Desire2Learn is acquiring top resources to support new client growth and more than eight million learners around the globe

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced that Dennis Kavelman will be joining the executive team as the Chief Operating Officer as the company continues to experience rapid growth.

Within the last year, Desire2Learn has hired more than 160 new employees to provide support for its quickly growing client base as well as to continue to drive innovation across a host of products and services. The growth of Desire2Learn will continue in 2012 as the company is expecting to add more than 200 employees during the year.

To assist with managing the incredible growth, the company is scaling the leadership team. As part of this expansion, Dennis Kavelman has become the newest member of the senior executive team as Chief Operating Officer.

Kavelman brings years of experience as a previous member of the senior executive team at Research in Motion (“RIM”). During his 15 year career at RIM, he was instrumental in helping the company grow from 20 employees to more than 15,000. First as CFO, and then as Co-COO, Kavelman played a significant role in financing RIM’s growth, taking the company public, and in developing RIM’s business in emerging international markets as the company grew from generating $2 million to over $15 billion in revenue.

Kavelman’s skills and experience in managing and scaling a rapidly growing company fit well with the mandate of his new role. “I’m very pleased to be joining the team at Desire2Learn”, commented Kavelman. “They are the thought leader in a global market and have huge growth potential. John Baker and his team have built an innovative, vibrant company that cares deeply about its customers and its employees. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help take the company to the next level.”

As the Chief Operating Officer, Kavelman will be responsible for a significant component of the day-to-day operations of the company, overseeing the Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Services teams.

“We are going through a great deal of growth in all aspects of the company and I am thrilled to be adding another very experienced leader to assist us as we expand,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn.”Dennis is a great addition to our team and will make a tremendous impact as we take our next steps in building our company globally.”

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than eight million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).


Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Marketing & Alliances, Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
Twitter: Desire2Learn_PR