Former IBM Watson CMO Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek Joins Skillsoft as Chief Marketing Officer

New CMO to further ignite a culture of skills development powering the workforce of tomorrow

BOSTON – November 26, 2019 –Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate learning with expertise in leadership development & business skills, technology & development, compliance, and talent development, today announced that Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, she will join Skillsoft’s executive leadership team to drive go-to-market initiatives that bolster the Skillsoft brand and help customers ignite a culture of skills development.

Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek joins Skillsoft as CMO

Boockoff-Bajdek will oversee the global marketing organization, leading both the Skillsoft and SumTotal marketing teams and the company’s customers toward a vision of unlimited learning potential. Most critically, she will serve as Skillsoft’s brand evangelist, helping to build a vibrant community of passionate learners who understand the key to sustainable success is the ability to develop critical skills in each employee.

“Michelle brings tremendous experience building and leading global teams with deep customer-centered vision, and she is passionate about bringing Skillsoft even closer to our customers,” said Ron Hovsepian, executive chairman, Skillsoft. “As business leaders adapt to an ever-changing workforce and persistent changes in what their customers demand, continual skills development has become a foundation for differentiation. Michelle’s top mission is to make it even easier for our customers to adopt a culture of learning and skills mastery across their entire operation.”

“Skillsoft’s award-winning solutions, talented team, and vibrant customer and partner communities are the powerful ingredients that will fuel an adaptable, forward-leaning workforce of the future for our thousands of customers around the world,” said Boockoff-Bajdek. “I am thrilled to be leading a global marketing organization focused on helping companies unlock the hidden value inside their greatest asset–their people.”

Prior to Skillsoft, Boockoff-Bajdek held several executive roles in the high-tech sector. Most recently, as CMO of IBM Watson, she was responsible for marketing the company's artificial intelligence (AI) products and solutions. She also served as the global head of business marketing for The Weather Company, an IBM business. In that role, she helped companies understand how to anticipate, plan for, and ultimately make better decisions–with greater confidence–in the face of weather.

Boockoff-Bajdek is an avid runner and Peloton fanatic who lives in New Hampshire with her husband, two talented daughters, and two giant Akitas. She is a prolific speaker on the value of artificial intelligence and the impact of technology on our daily lives at home and at work in addition to being a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in business and veteran rights. A life-long learner herself, Boockoff-Bajdek earned a M.S. in Communications Management from Simmons University and counts her customer-centered campaign focused on promoting women leaders in AI as one of her greatest professional achievements.

“The best marketing is done side-by-side, not pushed at customers,” Boockoff-Bajdek went on to say. “At Skillsoft, we have the unique opportunity to use our marketing efforts to accelerate skills development to create the world’s most adaptable workforce of progressive learners. It is a responsibility I am honored to lead.”

Read more from Boockoff-Bajdek about her strategic priorities on the Skillsoft blog, “Meet Skillsoft’s New CMO, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek.”

About Skillsoft

Skillsoft is a global leader in corporate learning, delivering beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for modern enterprises. Skillsoft comprises three award-winning systems that support learning, performance and success: Skillsoft learning content, the Percipio intelligent learning experience platform and the SumTotal suite for Talent Development.

Skillsoft provides a comprehensive selection of cloud-based corporate learning content, including courses, videos, books and other resources on Leadership Development, Business Skills, Digital Transformation, Technology & Developer, and Compliance. Percipio’s intuitive design engages modern learners and its consumer-led experience assists in accelerating learning. The SumTotal suite delivers measurable impact across that entire employee lifecycle via award-winning technology that powers talent acquisition, learning management and talent management.

Skillsoft is trusted by thousands of the world’s leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Learn more at


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