CEO & Co-Founder – Brian OliverSmith – With 24+ years sales and marketing expertise working for Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial business development, Brian is a recognized expert and pioneer in Mobile Digital Education worldwide. He has led the development of patent pending innovative products; solved global delivery via the mobile, including reaching 95 percent of handsets; and assembled an unparalleled team of mobile, business, education and technology experts.
COO & Co-Founder – M. Catherine OliverSmith, JD – as COO and co-founder manages company messaging, product staging in the marketplace, and strategic partnerships. She has a strong background in publishing, productizing content in both audio and print, and overseeing projects from concept to market. She leads the company’s NGO and Government channel, overseeing a grant by USAID to develop a mobile literacy program for Uganda. Her background is in law, marketing communications, and publishing.
VP, Product Development – Quran Karriem, MFA – is the VP of Product Development. He has his advanced degrees in sound design and interactive design. He organizes and manages the development of the myriad lines created by Urban Planet including the language learning and test prep areas that are developed in 18 languages and available on multiple platforms. He designs new products and oversees a team of designers and engineers.
Marti Sanregret – has expertise in mobile communications software and educational software as an entrepreneurial co-founder of mobile learning software company, Hot Lava Software, Inc. and as an institutional sales executive with Rosetta Stone. She played a pivotal role in all aspects of the startup lifecycle from initial concept inception, design, development, and strategy to product positioning and ultimately business development and sales. Marti leads worldwide institutional sales.
Marketing Manager – Will Gordon, MA – is the marketing manager responsible for all print and online marketing communications, product demonstrations, managing distributor relationships, and promotions. Will has studied, lived, and worked in Europe, Asia, and Africa and has a background in grant writing, program development, community relations, and education. Will taught ESL at the American English School in Lithuania, with New Channel English in Beijing, China, and at the Thanda After-school Project in South Africa.
Director, Business Development – Alastair Lamond – is a respected ELT Market Expert with over 25 years of teaching, teacher training, consultancy, sales and marketing experience in Japan, having worked with Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill, and MacMillan English. Most recently he was the Sales & Marketing Director for EnglishBooks.jp in addition to his sales and marketing work representing Urban Planet.
ELT Sales & Marketing Consultant – Andy Cowle – Andy Cowle joined Urban Planet as an international sales team member bringing his vast experience in ELT sales & marketing to the team. Andy is a trained EFL teacher who has worked for over 20 years at all levels of sales and marketing with ELT publishers and distributors around the world, finding and/or introducing materials for/to ELT practitioners in over 30 countries.
Lauren Cleaver, JD – an accomplished attorney and entrepreneur, relocated with her family to Central America in 1999 where a lifelong fascination with language and language education lead to her develop 333 Words, a patentable system for teaching English effectively and easily. Upon Urban Planet’s acquisition of 333 Words, Lauren joined the team to expand and hone the system for digital distribution as Urban English Express.