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Remote Learner Names Ron Olsen as CEO; Dr. Jason Cole as Chairman

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WAYNESBORO, VIRGINIA, May 11, 2015 — The Board of Directors for Remote Learner, a provider of technology-enhanced learning solutions to organizations throughout North America, has unanimously approved the promotion of Ron Olsen to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Olsen replaces Dr. Jason Cole as CEO and joins the company’s Board of Directors.  Dr. Cole will continue to provide his expertise by becoming Chairman of the Board of Directors; replacing in that role company founder Bryan Williams, who remains an active board member.

“I am honored to carry on Bryan’s vision to change the world through learning as Chairman. Remote Learner is the product of his desire to make the world a better place and we will continue to live up to those ideals. I am confident we have the right people, vision and commitment to continue to make Remote Learner a success” said Mr. Cole.

“I am grateful to the Board and our executive team for their overwhelming support” said Mr. Olsen. “Bryan did a phenomenal job starting and running the company through 2011, and Jason built upon that success during his four years as CEO. I believe that Remote Learner is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the strong position that they created in the North American market, with an outstanding team and over 600 organizations that we are proud to call our clients.”

Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. Olsen was the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of European Operations for the company’s UK-based subsidiary, Remote Learner UK, Ltd. until its acquisition in April.  Mr. Olsen joined the company as consulting CFO in 2011 and assumed a full-time role in 2013. Prior to Remote Learner, Mr. Olsen was the founder of Insight Professional Services, LLC, a Denver, CO based accounting services firm and held senior management positions with Progressive Home, LLC and Inasoft, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Olsen served as CFO for Miramar Venture Partners, Senior Associate for Enterprise Partners, and Audit Manager for Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Olsen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a Member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Summit54.

In addition the company announced that Mike Churchward has moved to the newly created position of Chief Product Officer from the previously held position as Chief Information Officer. Jenny Laughlin was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Vanessa Cleary was promoted to Director of Service Platforms. Page Chen continues in her role as Chief Learning Officer and the executive team rounds out with the previously announced hiring of Ted Hopper as Chief Revenue Officer.

About Remote Learner

Remote Learner has been providing technology-enhanced learning solutions to business, educational and governmental organizations since 1982. Today, these services include support for best-of-breed open source programs, including the world’s most widely used open source learning management system, Moodle. Remote Learner provides support and hosting services, custom development, workforce development training, instructional design and strategic consulting services for organizations planning online learning programs. Remote Learner maintains corporate offices in Virginia, Kansas, Colorado and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, serving clients throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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