Brian Kibby is the CEO of Knewton. With more than 20 years of leadership and executive experience in the education industry, Brian is a passionate driver of digital transformation in education, with deep experience in personalized learning technology and an unmatched record for generating results.
Prior to joining Knewton, Brian served as the President of McGraw-Hill Education’s Higher Ed Group from 2011 to 2014. During that time, he led the company’s development of market-leading digital tools, platforms and services for the higher education market. Through partnerships and acquisition strategy, he succeeded in making adaptive technology the centerpiece of the company’s higher education business. Brian previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Pearson Education, where he delivered consistent increases in top-line and bottom-line growth. Brian’s global experience includes having served as President and General Manager of McGraw-Hill Education in Australia and New Zealand. Most recently, he served as CEO of MV Transportation.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Illinois University.
Jennifer Grunebaum joined Knewton in 2016 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. She is a visionary business leader with a diverse set of abilities – a combination of financial, strategic and operational acumen – that she is using to help drive profitable growth for the Knewton Business.
For the past 10 plus years Jennifer has been working with multi-nationals in the Media and Education sector. Most recently she held a dual role as both CFO, Americas International and Professional as well as Interim Managing Director – Latin America at McGraw Hill Education. Prior to that, Jennifer held various strategy and finance leadership roles at Penguin Random House, Time Warner and ExxonMobil. She began her career in investment banking in New York.
Jennifer holds an B.S.B.A. in finance from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Duke.
Doug Hughes is Knewton’s Chief Product Officer. He brings more than 20 years of leadership as a technologist and product innovator in education. In his role, Doug leads Knewton’s product development efforts, overseeing the company’s product engineering, content development, marketing, data insights, and data science teams.
Prior to Knewton, Doug held progressive leadership positions at McGraw-Hill Education in which he drove the adoption of the company’s adaptive technology and successfully led its sales efforts in the face of industry decline. While at McGraw-Hill, Doug was responsible for the creation of many industry-first technologies, all of which have stood the test of time and are still in use in classrooms around the world.
Before joining McGraw-Hill, Doug worked as an analyst and engineer, beginning his career in the U.S. Army as an M1 Abrams Tanker.
Doug completed an executive education program in financial analysis at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, earned an M.B.A. in technology management from the University of Phoenix, and received a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from the University of West Georgia.
Erion Hasanbelliu is Knewton’s Chief Technology Officer. In his role, he oversees the research and development of the company’s adaptive learning platform as well as of alta, Knewton’s fully integrated adaptive learning courseware for higher education. Erion manages Knewton’s technology engineering team.
Since joining Knewton, Erion has held a series of progressive leadership roles on the company’s technology team. He began his tenure at Knewton as a software engineer.
Erion is highly experienced in developing mathematical/statistical models and machine learning algorithms to solve problems in various fields. He has advanced knowledge and experience in both prototyping and full product development.
Erion earned his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida, where his research focused on machine learning and computer vision. Erion earned an M.S. in systems and software design and a B.S. in computer science from Jacksonville State University.
Jason Jordan oversees Knewton’s partnerships with higher ed institutions. Jason’s passion is helping students succeed in college, especially students who arrive underprepared. He believes that access to education should extend to anyone who desires to learn and that facilitating equal access to education — regardless of a student’s past performance or socioeconomic status — is crucial to maintaining the health of our society.
Prior to joining Knewton, Jason spent 27 years at Pearson Education in various sales, editorial, and technology roles, including leading the strategy and product creation for best-selling courseware solutions like MyMathLab, MyFoundationsLab, and Pearson Writer.
Jason holds a B.A. in English from Westminster College and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mike Chapin joined Knewton in 2013 and brings his near-10 years of legal experience to overseeing Knewton’s legal and regulatory affairs worldwide.
Prior to joining Knewton, Mike was a corporate attorney in the Boston office of Cooley LLP advising technology companies on a broad range of corporate, commercial, intellectual property and regulatory legal issues. Prior to that, he was a process development engineer at several technology companies in Silicon Valley.
Mike holds a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Heather Shelstad has a 20-year proven track record in strategic marketing with well-rounded experience in sales, marketing and product development.
As head of Knewton’s marketing team, Heather is responsible for defining and accelerating awareness of the company’s brands around the world. Heather leads initiatives designed to engage customers through multi-channel marketing campaigns and drive customer acquisition and revenue goals. Heather led the brand development, testing and launch of alta — Knewton’s fully-integrated, adaptive learning courseware for higher education — as well as a marketing program that resulted in customer acquisition across more than 250 academic institutions within the U.S.
Prior to joining Knewton, Heather was instrumental in the success of many of the industry’s leading digital brands within higher education, including McGraw-Hill’s Connect and LearnSmart brands and Cengage’s MindTap. At both companies, Heather led research and branding initiatives that informed product and marketing strategy and integrated marketing campaigns that grew awareness, engagement and sales. Heather also led brand, corporate communications and sales programs at former startup CourseSmart LLC (now VitalSource), formerly the world’s largest online store for digital course materials.
Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Washington State University.
Jose Ferreira is the founder of Knewton and serves on the board. Jose earned his MBA from Harvard.
He was formerly an executive at Kaplan, a strategist for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and most recently, a partner at New Atlantic Ventures (formerly Draper Atlantic), investing in new media and SaaS companies. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills, as well as the advisory boards for Laureate International Universities, Cambridge University Press, and the ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit.