Open English expands its board of directors with industry innovators

MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Open English, the leading English-learning platform in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market, today announced the appointment of three new board members administration that will support the company’s mission of high quality, effective and affordable English learning solutions.

“We are thrilled to expand our Board of Trustees with three industry innovators who can offer their vast expertise on how to better serve our student community and continue to make English learning accessible to all” , said Andrés Moreno, Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO. leader (CEO) of Open English. “As our company grows and strengthens, so does our Board of Directors, and these people represent the very best in their respective fields.”

Lee Kirkpatrick, former CFO at Twilio; Lincoln Healthcare Leadership Board Member; member of the board of directors of Spreedly, Inc.; board member of Updater, Inc.; Member of the board of Bilander Acquisition Corp.

Lee Kirkpatrick provides a broad perspective on finance and its value as a partner across all functional areas. As CFO of Twilio, Lee built a global finance team that scaled the company to approach nearly $1 billion in revenue. Since 2019, Lee has advised private and public technology companies including PagerDuty, Unity Technologies, Olo and Marqeta.

“I look forward to being part of the tremendous growth that awaits a mission-driven company like Open English,” said Lee. “It’s incredibly rewarding to join such a passionate team dedicated to improving people’s lives.”

Samir SamatVice President of Product Management at Google

Currently responsible for Android and Google Play, Sameer Samat began his career at Google nearly 14 years ago. Prior to this, Sameer was Executive Vice President of Products at Kofax, where he was responsible for product management, engineering and product marketing. Sameer holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program.

“Through my own family experiences and working on Android, I have seen how learning English can impact both economic opportunity and a family’s well-being. , not just in the present but for generations,” Samat said. “Open English’s ambitious vision resonates deeply with me, and I’m proud to join their board to continue to propel it forward,” he concluded.

Victoria ValenzuelaChief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at AppLovin

Adept at navigating the intersection of legal, tax and accounting issues, Victoria Valenzuela is currently Chief Legal Officer (CLO) and Corporate Secretary at AppLovin, a leading marketing software company which she helped take public in 2021. In her more than 20 years of experience, she has advised global private and public companies of all sizes, with employee populations ranging from 300 to 3,000, on a wide range of strategic, legal and regulatory issues. . Victoria holds a law degree from Stanford University and was previously named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

“Open English’s mission to make English accessible to all socio-economic groups really struck a chord and motivated me to join their board,” said Victoria. “Learning English or another essential second language can get a family moving and have a real impact on future generations,” she added.

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About Open English

Open English is the leading English learning platform in the Hispanic markets of Latin America and the United States, providing live online instruction to 1.5 million students enrolled to date. The company is revolutionizing the language learning market with a proprietary technology platform that provides unlimited 24/7 access to live lessons with native-speaking teachers. Open English offers personalized learning solutions for business (Open English for Business), children (Open English Junior) and digital skills development (NextU). Open English has also expanded its business with Open Mundo, a new online language learning platform that offers live lessons in French, Italian and Portuguese. The company is headquartered in Miami, Florida, with offices in Mexico City, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Bangalore and São Paulo. To learn more about Open English, visit

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