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Congratulations 2013 Global Skillsoft Perspectives Innovation Award Winners!

We are happy to
announce the winners of our 2013 Global
Skillsoft Perspectives Innovation Awards! The winners,
which include the United Service Organizations (USO), PPD, the largest
healthcare insurance company in Michigan, TELUS, ACTIVE Network, Ricoh Americas
Corporation, BT, Sysmex, Carrington Mortgage Holdings, LLC, Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory and Lloyds Banking Group, demonstrate how Skillsoft’s
elearning solutions are enabling organizations to improve their performance
through a diverse set of innovative learning programs. In addition, Mary Beth Alexander, AVP, organizational development and corporate
marketing for Economical Insurance was recognized as Learning Champion of the
Year, and First Data was recognized for Program of the Year.

Skillsoft honors these
winners annually for their significant achievements in corporate learning and
development, recognizing innovative ideas and inspiring leaders who are helping
to transform the learning landscape. We are thrilled with the positive response
reflected in this year’s submissions and are proud to honor this group of
exceptional organizations and individuals who truly personify what it means to
make learning integral to everyday business and life. We look forward to
continuing to work with these valued customers as they move forward on their
path towards fully-optimized corporate learning and are excited to see where
their learning programs take them in the future.

Special thanks to
the independent panel of industry experts who judged the awards this year,
including Mike Prokopeak of Chief
Learning Officer
, Catherine Upton of Elearning!
, John Hollon of,
Debbie Bolla of HRO Today, Bill Brandon of Learning Solutions
, Andrew McIlvaine of Human Resource Executive, Kris Dunn of
HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent and B.J. Schone of eLearning Weekly.

The 2013 Innovation
Award categories and winners are below:

Effective Elearning in
Emerging Business
: The United Service Organizations (USO) was
recognized for their three-tier learning program that engages all USO employees in consistent learning, regardless
of geographic location or longevity in the organization. In just six months,
the USO realized a 312 percent return on investment through their use of
Skillsoft learning portal for USO University.

Empowering Learning
Cultures in the Enterprise:
PPD was honored for its
multi-faceted approach to learning to meet the evolving needs of its business
and employees. Delivery modes range from
traditional instructor-led training to highly innovative approaches such as
role playing, gaming, simulations and social learning. An Honorable Mention was
awarded to the largest healthcare
insurance company in Michigan.

Best Custom Design: TELUS was recognized for their innovative, custom set
of 2D and 3D game-based learning environments that include solutions for field
service, retail sales, customer service representatives and other targeted
audiences. In partnership with Skillsoft, TELUS created a series of interactive
learning and gaming solutions.

Inspiring Leadership
ACTIVE Network was honored for
building a pipeline of leaders by creating the “Bento Box” learning strategy. ACTIVE Network’s “learning Bento Boxes” are a
hybrid of Skillsoft and ACTIVE Network proprietary content, with a balanced mix
of formal, informal and social learning. An Honorable Mention was awarded to Ricoh Americas Corporation.

Best IT Training: BT was recognized for
their new approach to IT skills development in today’s rapidly changing IT
environment. BT created a number of flexible learning programs
called Accredited Learning Pathways (ALP’s)
which combine a mix of informal technical and business awareness skills
alongside evidence of on-the-job experience, knowledge sharing and external

Enhancing Learning with
: Sysmex was honored for customizing their leadership
portal, in partnership with Skillsoft Solution services, enabling their users
to find assets by competency. To increase usage and effectiveness, their portal
was personalized to reflect their culture and branding. An Honorable Mention
was awarded to Carrington Mortgage Holdings,

Innovative Collaboration in
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was recognized for
their online learning program, U-Learn, which
incorporates social networking tools to facilitate collaboration across
organizational boundaries. U-Learn enables social learning outside formal
classroom settings, supports and encourages networking among program
participants and provides vehicles for ongoing knowledge sharing and feedback
between current and past participants.

Learning Champion of the
Alexander, AVP, organizational
development and corporate marketing, Economical Insurance, was honored for her dynamic vision that engages employees and leaders alike. For the past four
years she has earned Economical Insurance placement
on the distinguished Training Magazine
“Top 125” list of companies that excel at human capital development. An Honorable Mention was awarded to Simon
Brown, head of learning transformation, Lloyds Banking Group.

of the Year:
First Data was recognized for their highly engaging, multi-modal, blended learning strategy
aligned to employee competencies and business performance goals. First Data
delivers learning to a diverse and globally-dispersed population and leverages Skillsoft assets for more than 80
skills and 100 certifications. The company increased employee development by
more than 350 percent by providing targeted blended solutions to meet specified
business needs.

For more
information on the 2013 Global Skillsoft Perspectives Innovation Awards, please

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