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Current Executive Bio

WP Hall
Vice President of Learning and Development


Bill Hall has enjoyed a career in the upper echelons of the technology world. He is currently Vice President of Learning and Development at Simulation Studios, LLC, a business training software firm, where he creates and develops solutions for some of the world’s most profitable global companies. Innovative corporate training software is Bill’s passion, and he has taken Simulation Studios to new heights with proven year-over-year profitable growth. He specializes in innovative leadership development methodologies leveraged from his experience in Apple’s education division and Learning Technology Group’s engineering division.

Bill began his career at the Learning Technology Group in New York, where he focused on cutting-edge solutions for educational technology in collaboration with Apple’s education team. He then moved on to Apple, where he spent more than ten years. He started out as an educational technology systems engineer, winning a Golden Apple award in his first year, before taking a product-marketing role for Apple software. This was followed by building and running eLearning, marketing, and business-expansion projects in Apple’s worldwide developer relations group. During his time at Apple, he won the MVP award five times, worked directly with Steve Jobs on various projects for four years and received Apple’s “Way To Go” award.

After Apple, Bill held senior positions at AOL/Time Warner and Nortel, before moving on to Skype, where he was responsible for their strategic desktop software offerings. This included Skype for Macintosh and Linux, where the active user base grew well over 100% annually under his watch. He was engaged in building Skype’s solutions on the Web, and spearheaded Skype’s product initiative with Intel and Apple. His involvement led to the pre-installment of Skype on mobile Internet devices. In this role, Bill was responsible for strategically managing and growing a $60M+ annual revenue business globally.

Bill’s experience gives him the ability to combine business strategy, innovative learning, and technology. He is equally at home in front of a computer or an audience, and relishes the challenges of making connections in an increasingly global tech environment.

Bill has a degree in communications and an MBA where he majored in entrepreneurial economics. Both are evident in his off-desktop interests. He sits on an enterprise advisory board and, when time permits, teaches classes in presentation skills and business acumen. He is an avid drummer and enjoys piloting small aircraft (though not usually at the same time!). He and his wife, daughter, and son live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Current Resumé

WPH
San Francisco Bay Area
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SDG, LLC - SF Bay Area
Vice President of Learning and Development
Managing the business for a corporate development group. Overall leadership responsibility for business growth and solution development. Successfully built business from no revenue to 98% profitability within first year. Responsible for over 100% profitability since 2001.

SKYPE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. - LONDON, UK
Director, Strategic Desktop Solutions
Reporting directly to the General Manager of Desktop Solutions. P&L responsibility for Macintosh and Linux desktop software solutions globally. Successfully doubled active user base and revenues within 1 year. Successfully idealized and brought to market Skype solution with Intel for MID devices. Built team and started exploration and development of Skype’s next generation solutions on the web. HR responsibility for diverse global team in various regions.

NORTEL NETWORKS, INC. - SANTA CLARA, CA
Senior Manager, Global Partnership Marketing
Reported directly to the vice-president of Global Strategic Marketing. Built up global reaching marketing program focused on strategic partnerships. Responsibilities include program and strategy development, marketing existing strategic partnerships, program framing and budgeting. Successfully forged new marketing strategy around 5 year/$1B IBM/Nortel partnership.

AOL/TIME WARNER, INC. - DULLES, VA
Partnership Marketing Director
Reported directly to vice-president of Developer Services Group. Built up partnerships and marketing programs for new developer services group. Responsibilities included successful creation and articulation of developer partnership strategy, partner targeting, contact, and execution. Extensive internal and external relationship development. Successfully forged new marketing partnerships in limited amount of time.

APPLE COMPUTER, INC. - CUPERTINO, CA
Senior Partnership Manager, Worldwide Developer Relations Group
Developed and supported “Business Development Toolkit” for partnership managers. Toolkit developed to assist partnership managers more effectively conduct partnership activities with outside developer community. Resulted in more efficient marketing and partnership practices. Assisted managers with financial analysis models as well as repairing existing struggling corporate partnerships.

Senior Partnership Manager, Worldwide Developer Relations Group
Successfully managed high-level marketing and product relationships such as Oracle, SAP, and Peoplesoft. Responsibilities included financial and marketing analysis, legal negotiations, business requirements analysis, project and team management, and interaction with senior management. Developed marketing, sales, and technical requirement plans. Resulted in repairing existing Oracle and SAP relationship and rapid delivery of world class solutions for Macintosh.

eLearning Partnership Manager, Worldwide Developer Relations Group
Successfully forged and managed partnerships with key eLearning developers. Responsibilities included analysis of emerging technologies and new market potential. Extensive market analysis and corporate relationship positioning required. Developed strategic recommendations and implementation marketing plans for senior management. Developed worldwide keynote presentations for senior management including the CEO. Results included bringing compatible eLearning solutions to the Macintosh platform. Assisted outside companies with business practices and partnership strategies.

Software Product Marketing Manager, Worldwide Product Marketing
Managed marketing requirements and strategies for software products including Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Java and QuickTime. Reviewed product requirements, QA process, and product engineering requirements. Responsibilities included competitive analysis, market positioning, customer requirements and general industry trend analysis. Successfully worked with senior executives to develop large-scale keynote presentations worldwide.

Senior Systems Engineer, Worldwide Education
Awarded Apple’s distinguished “Golden Apple” award as System Engineer of the Year for FY 1997. Successfully grew the New York City Board of Education account to over $50M annually. Responsibilities included consulting, sales, marketing, executive presentations, application development, customer relations, marketing plan implementation, and customer requirements.

Learning Technology Group - MELVILLE, NY
Systems Engineer, New York State Apple Education
Created New York state system engineering division. Supported teams and customers in technical operations of the computer and general consulting capacities. Delivered presentations on Apple education and technical solutions.

EDUCATION

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
ELLER GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT - TUCSON, AZ
Masters of Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and Economics curriculum. MBA Student Association President. Member of the Eller College strategic planning and associate dean search committees. Successfully developed student based endowment fund. Elected to the Eller MBA Advisory Council. Recipient of the Ray H. Johnson award for Excellence in Leadership. Elected as graduating class commencement speaker.

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS - STOCKTON, CA
Awarded Bachelor of Communication, organizational communication. Chosen to coach and manage public speaking teams with the development and delivery of class workshops in career management.

INTERESTS AND AWARDS

Professional achievements include Apple Golden Apple award, Apple Northeast MVP, five system engineer of the quarter, and WWDR “way to go award”. Selected to participate in eBay’s Emerging Leaders Program 2007. Current advisory board member of the Southwest Academy of Entrepreneurship. Interests include piloting small single engine aircraft, and avid drummer. Very strong communication and presentation skills. Currently teaching presentation and business acumen classes when time permits.