Koru Names Ben Richardson as VP Business Development; Megan Bassetti as VP Marketing [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Koru, a company focused on transforming the college-to-career landscape, announced the expansion of its leadership team with the hiring of Ben Richardson as the VP of Business Development.
According to a release, Richardson joins Koru from Amazon Local, where he was Head of National Sales. He started with Koru on April 14.
Richardson will be responsible for establishing partnerships with high-growth, employers and managing placement of Koru graduates in jobs at these companies. Koru's network of employer partners currently includes category leaders such as REI, zulily, PayScale, Smartsheet and Trupanion.
Richardson brings to Koru his experience as the Head of National Sales at Amazon Local, where he managed a team developing nationwide programs to help merchants engage with their customers on a local level. Prior to Amazon, Richardson also spent a decade in social gaming and virtual worlds to build successful multi-million dollar advertising sales teams.
As part of the company's executive-level growth, Koru noted that it will also onboard Megan Bassetti as VP of Marketing. Megan comes to Koru from JeNu Biosciences and Calidora where she was the VP of Marketing.
Koru has also recently added to its Board of Advisors, including Peter Mack, VP of Experience and Innovation at ToughMudder and Cathy Carl, Global Marketing Director at digital agency Essence. The growth demonstrates Koru's momentum on the heels of the company's $4.45 million funding announcement in December 2013.
"Ben, Megan and our expanding Board of Advisors bring insights that will help advance Koru," said Kristen Hamilton, Koru CEO. "They understand the inherent challenges in the category and are already helping to shape our direction."
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