Open English Bolsters Leadership Team Demonstrating Miami’s Increasing Role on Global Technology Stage
Open English, Latin America’s leading online English language school, has added two senior executives to its management team. Bart Catalane joins the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) while Sam Peterson will serve as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
The decision to add these seasoned executives to the Open English management team comes at the dawn of what is expected to be another year of explosive growth. “The new additions to our management team will give Open English the bandwidth it needs to tackle new regions in 2014. Both Bart and Sam’s seniority and experience at successful public start-ups will be a great asset to the company and help us prepare for the exciting new undertakings throughout the upcoming year,” said Andres Moreno, CEO and cofounder of Open English.
Bart brings over 25 years of financial leadership with top-tier digital, e-commerce and media companies to Open English and will lead initiatives in Finance, Human Resources, and Legal Affairs. Previously, Bart was CFO of Getty Images where he helped to drive results that significantly increased asset and shareholder value. His proven track record of quickly building and enhancing operating plans and his experience with start-ups will provide Open English with the capabilities it needs throughout its next several years of growth. “I am very excited about joining Open English’s vibrant business and world class management team based in Miami. The company’s phenomenal business model and growth, coupled with the city’s increasing reputation for attracting talent and producing successful start-up tech businesses, create the perfect environment for our continued business expansion and international growth,” remarked Bart.
Before joining Open English, Sam Peterson spent 13 years at Overstock.com, serving as Senior Vice President of Technology (CTO). He brings vast expertise in software and product development as well as extensive knowledge of ecommerce. “I decided to bring my development and ecommerce skills to Open English to contribute to a company that continues to innovate and evolve,” said Sam. “They have such an interesting and unique program to bring the English language to hundreds of thousands of people and I am excited to be a part of this prosperous tech organization.” Sam will head all technology projects at Open English including increasing website functionality and continued improvement of the learning platform.
These two recent hires confirm that Miami is on its way to becoming a global center of innovation, continuing to attract tech start-up companies and top executives from around the US. “Open English is proud to be headquartered in Miami and we are excited to take part in its role as an incubator of innovation,” added Andres Moreno.