Senior executive with 20+ years of experience in product development, product management, strategic planning, start-ups, M&A, and integration, for public and privately held technology companies. Proven ability to build high performance teams. Hired, trained and led product teams that delivered high growth and profitability for SaaS businesses including Relias Learning, Essential Learning, Netsmart Technologies, and InfoScriber. Defined
Senior executive with 20+ years of experience in product development, product management, strategic planning, start-ups, M&A, and integration, for public and privately held technology companies. Proven ability to build high performance teams. Hired, trained and led product teams that delivered high growth and profitability for SaaS businesses including Relias Learning, Essential Learning, Netsmart Technologies, and InfoScriber. Defined product vision and aligned stakeholders. Created go to market and product strategies, led requirements definition and roadmaps, developed positioning, pricing and packaging.
Led products at Essential Learning and helped scale the business from $500K in revenue in 2006 to $12 million in 2011 with 25% EBITDA. Member of the deal team during the sale to Vista Equity Partners in March 2012, and key leader in integrating that business with Silverchair Learning Systems to form Relias Learning. Led development and launch of the company’s flagship learning management system. In October 2014, after just 2½ years, Vista sold Relias to Bertelsmann, which became the most successful portfolio company sale in the history of the firm. Integrated five highly successful acquisitions since May 2013.
Chief Product Officer @ Executive responsible for product management, engineering, content development, integrations, and the Relias Institute.
Relias Learning offers online training to post-acute, behavioral health, social services, therapies, public safety, and intellectual and developmental disabilities organizations. It’s our mission to help clients achieve the highest quality practice and accreditation standards with online learning and compliance programs.
Relias has been delivering online training programs to organizations with specialized needs since 2002. By bringing together Silverchair Learning Systems, Essential Learning, and Care2Learn, we provide our clients with over 2,500 courses and dedicated support to meet their compliance and clinical training needs. Strong partnerships with leading advocacy and professional organizations enable us to create engaging, relevant, and timely learning experiences. Our intuitive user interface makes learning enjoyable.
Relias Learning offers much more than just course content. We understand the complexities associated with delivering, tracking, and documenting staff training. Our online learning solution simplifies management of a training and continuing education program. Every year, more than 4,000 organizations have 2 million employees take over 25 million courses—enabling staff to provide better service. From July 2015 to Present (6 months) Vice President of Products @ Leader responsible for product management, engineering, and content development. Hired and scaled product management team and applied best practices including Pragmatic Marketing, roadmap development, W/L calls, competitive battle cards, market research, greenfield and whitespace studies, repricing, and repackaging. Oversaw SaaS scaling greater than 4X to support over two million end users. Orchestrated shift from compliance-based “PPT-style” course content to immersive eLearning designed to engage adult learners through techniques such as story-based learning, branched scenarios, gaming, and contextual feedback. Led four successful company integrations (Care2Learn, Upstairs Solutions, Hospice Education Network, and Autism Training Solutions). From July 2013 to July 2015 (2 years 1 month) Vice President of Engineering @ Key executive working with Vista Equity Partners in the formation of Relias Learning through the merger of Essential Learning and Silverchair Learning Systems. Led combined EL and SLS development teams in creating the Relias Learning Management System, our flagship product which launched in June 2013. From March 2012 to July 2013 (1 year 5 months) Chief Information Officer @ Provided technology vision and leadership for the company’s cloud-based Learning Management Systems (LMS). Led the company in planning and implementing information systems to support business and sales operations. Oversaw application design, built product management and development teams, and worked with the CEO, COO, and business development staff in strategic planning for company initiatives. Helped prepare the company for sale and played a key role on the deal and integration teams during Essential Learning's acquisition by Vista Equity Partners. From April 2006 to March 2012 (6 years) Greater Salt Lake City AreaSenior Software Engineer @ InfoScriber equips practitioners with real-time clinical decision support, providing a critical safeguard against potential adverse drug events. Medications are easily reconciled and converted across all care settings, and prescriptions can be sent electronically to outside retail or mail-order pharmacies, eliminating handwritten scripts.
Lab ordering and monitoring From 2003 to 2006 (3 years) Database Developer @ From 2001 to 2002 (1 year) Greater Salt Lake City AreaProject Manager @ From 1998 to 2001 (3 years) Greater San Diego AreaProject Engineer @ Data Miner is a decision support tool that extracts database tables from reports generated by the AS/400 and S/390 midrange and mainframe systems. The software allows executives and managers to filter and summarize those tables via a standard web browser. Blue Data Miner functions as a stand-alone system, or complements the enterprise data warehouse. From 1997 to 1998 (1 year) Greater San Diego Area
Master of Science (MS) @ Columbia University in the City of New YorkBachelor's Degree, Architecture, summa cum laude @ University of California, BerkeleyMaster of Business Administration (M.B.A.) @ University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business Ben Johnson is skilled in: Product Management, Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Business Analysis, Team Leadership, Project Management, Change Management, Start-ups, Team Building, Product Development, Program Management, SaaS, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Competitive Analysis
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