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Sumtotal Appoints Vice President of APAC to Drive Business Development

HR Industry Veteran Peter Kokkinos to Target Australia and New Zealand, China, and Philippines as Major Growth Markets

Melbourne, Australia – 16 July, 2015: SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of next-generation HR solutions, today announced that it has appointed Peter Kokkinos as Vice President of Asia Pacific (APAC) Sales.

With over 20 years' experience working in the Human Resources (HR) and Learning and Development (L&D) sector, primarily in sales and business expansion, Mr Kokkinos has been appointed to build awareness of SumTotal in APAC and grow the customer base.

SumTotal, a global provider of HR software, helps organizations grow and develop their people into the talent they need for today's and tomorrow's business challenges. SumTotal goes beyond traditional talent management and HCM applications, delivering contextual and pervasive information and actions that improves employee performance in real time.

Mr Kokkinos' appointment is just one of many investments the company is making in the APAC region, both in terms of people and infrastructure. The company currently has a team across APAC, with half of those based in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Kokkinos aims to double the size of team in the next 12 to 24 months, with a particular focus on the Asian markets.

"I see a lot of opportunity in Australia and New Zealand, China and the Philippines, especially because companies in these countries are really starting to build a base on human capital. As they continue to do business in and with developed markets, they are keen to implement best-practice HR systems that have been tried and tested by successful global companies," Mr Kokkinos said. "SumTotal in uniquely positioned to help these businesses. Our game-changing 'Self-Developing Organization,' a progressive, employee-centric approach to accelerating talent, leverages the fully-integrated capabilities of Skillsoft and SumTotal solutions and helps organizations build a competitive advantage in the marketplace."

"Having worked at Skillsoft for 16 years, I am confident in the commitment to SumTotal and the APAC region. I think there are huge growth opportunities for the business here," he said.

John Ambrose, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development said, "I've worked with Peter for a number of years and am very confident in his ability to grow the business. His expertise in the sector and cultural understanding of the various markets makes him the perfect candidate to take our business forward in the region."

Before joining SumTotal, Mr Kokkinos was the Senior Director of Desire2Learn APAC, where he helped to support business development. Prior to this he worked at Skillsoft for 16 years in several roles.

About SumTotal Systems

SumTotal Systems, LLC, a Skillsoft company and a leading provider of integrated HR solutions, is increasing the performance of some of the world's most successful organizations, including AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN [ADR]; London: AZN), Amway (KUL: AMWAY), and Seagate (NYSE: STX). SumTotal's people-focused Talent Expansion® applications, available on premise and in the Cloud, enable contextual, just-in-time development designed to help organizations discover, develop and unleash the hidden potential within their workforce and business ecosystem. Today, more than 3,500 organizations, including several of Fortune's "Best Places to Work," rely on SumTotal's award winning solutions to empower their employees. Visit the SumTotal Blog or follow @SumTotalSystems at twitter.com/sumtotalsystems and on Facebook at facebook.com/SumTotal.Systems for more learning and talent management tips and perspectives.

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