EdX announced the appointment of Wendy Cebula, the former COO of VistaPrint as its president and COO. This is a reflection of EdX’s further move to be more commercially sustainable. Despite its US$30 million funding from MIT and Harvard, EdX is looking to be financially viable as a legal entity.
Coursera, on the other hand, also made a senior management announcement. The former Yale University President Richard C. Levin would become its new chief executive officer. This Silicon Valley backed startup is taking into the Ex-Yale president to steer the ship.
With EdX, a university-backed MOOC platform recruiting a commercial leader; Coursera, the VC-backed MOOC takes in a high education veteran. Guess to have a management team who understands education, technology and monetization, is able to blend them well is a recipe for future success.