Press Releases & Coverage

Hannaford Supermarkets Partners with SkillSoft to Deliver Highly Instructive Learning Solutions

Leading Supermarket Chain offers e-learning enterprise-wide for employee training and development

NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions, today announced that Hannaford Bros. Co. has selected SkillSoft to develop its company-wide e-learning program. This partnership gives Hannaford a consistent and highly efficient means of professional development for employees in geographically dispersed locations.

With more than 120 years in the supermarket business, Hannaford has 158 supermarkets and combination food and drug stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Prior to the deployment of SkillSoft's e-learning solution, employees had to travel to training facilities to attend seminars. To enhance the learning experience, Hannaford partnered with SkillSoft to develop an online learning program for leadership development activities. Through this initiative, Hannaford enriches its managers' people skills in communication and coaching. Courses include:

    * Building Relationships to Get Results
    * Mindsets, Emotions, and Coaching
    * The Basics of Listening
    * Effective Listening Skills Simulation
    * Effective Feedback for Employees and Colleagues Simulation
    * Managing Conflict in the Organization

"We're pleased with the learning vehicles that SkillSoft has provided," said Michelle Thorpe Hayes, Vice President of Organizational Development and Learning of Hannaford Bros. Co. "We now have a way to further develop our team members and engage them in growth opportunities."

One hundred seventy-five Hannaford store and department managers, with a mix of backgrounds, participated in a pilot of the e-learning initiative. The first group of learners shared positive feedback on the program's content, usability and applicability to their job responsibilities. Based on the success of the initial phase of the program, Hannaford is rolling out its next phase of learning content to 160 associate relations managers. This phase will include leadership development and communication skills.

"Hannaford is known for its strong leadership and positive work environment," said Jerry Nine, Chief Operating Officer of SkillSoft. "By partnering with SkillSoft, Hannaford can offer its employees richer and more flexible and rewarding educational opportunities."

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL) is a leading provider of e-learning and performance support solutions for global enterprises, government, education and small to medium-sized businesses. SkillSoft enables companies to maximize business performance through a combination of comprehensive e-learning

content, online information resources, flexible learning technologies and support services.

Content offerings include business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections, as well as complementary content assets such as SkillSim(TM) simulations, KnowledgeCenter(TM) portals and online mentoring services. The Books24x7(R) division offers online access to more than 10,000 unabridged IT and business books in its Referenceware(R) collections, as well as book summaries, executive reports and best practices. Technology offerings include the SkillPort(R) learning management system, Search-and-Learn(R), SkillSoft(R) Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, SkillView(R) competency management software and the Enterprise Learning Connection Suite(TM), a set of platform-neutral modules that can be used to create learning programs tailored to business needs.

SkillSoft courseware content described herein is for information purposes only and is subject to change without notice. SkillSoft has no obligation or commitment to develop or deliver any future release, upgrade, feature, enhancement or function described in this press release except as specifically set forth in a written agreement.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, Ahead of the Learning Curve, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, Referenceware, ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, AnalystPerspectives ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Donna Keenan                      Ed Hadley
    SkillSoft                         PAN Communications, Inc.
    603.821.3211                      978.474.1900