CARY, NC, January 6, 2016 – Relias Learning, the leader in online training and compliance solutions for the healthcare market, today announced two additions to their executive team. Mark Belles, named the new Chief Operating Officer, and Alex Osadzinski, the new Managing Director of Global Operations, will play major roles in Relias’ expansion plans.
“We are thrilled to be adding these two accomplished executives to the Relias team,” says Jim Triandiflou, CEO of Relias Learning. “Our goal is to be the global leader in healthcare training. Mark and Alex have both grown software companies from small providers to global leaders delivering the best solutions to their markets. Their experience will be invaluable in ensuring Relias maintains the highest quality while managing through the explosive growth we are experiencing.”
Mark Belles comes to Relias with more than 20 years of experience growing and scaling operations at multiple online businesses, including his time at Blackboard, the leading provider of education products to millions of learners and educators across the world. During his seven years at Blackboard, Belles played a leadership role in tripling overall company revenue from $200 million to $630 million, including his most recent position as a Senior Vice President of K-12, responsible for managing all aspects of sales, marketing client care and implementation. In addition to Blackboard, Belles spent eight years at IBM and has led sales, marketing and client care at multiple companies including his most recent role as President and COO of Teaching Strategies, LLC.
“Relias has become the industry standard for compliance training in a number of healthcare segments,” says Belles. “As we expand into new healthcare segments and grow the product to focus on patient outcomes, there is the potential to extend Relias’ impact to influence the quality of healthcare in the United States. Listening to our customers and continuing to build a culture that supports their success will be a key element in our growth. I am excited to work with the team to build on the very solid foundation they have created.”
Alex Osadzinski joins Relias with over 30 years of experience in executive roles with technology companies and a successful career in venture capital. Osadzinski’s global experience includes his work with Sun Microsystems, where he helped create their $600MM European business and more recently at Nagra Kudelski, a Swiss public company where he was a member of the Group Executive Board and responsible for end-to-end solutions in the digital media space. Osadzinski also spent seven years as a Venture Partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading venture capital firm, where he was involved in investing, board work, sourcing, diligence and successful exits for multiple companies.
“Joining Relias is an extraordinary opportunity to help a dynamic company become a significant global player in a very underserved industry,” said Mr. Osadzinski. “The need for quality healthcare training is global. Countries from Europe to South America to the Far East are struggling with how to educate caregivers and how to serve their aging populations. I look forward to contributing to Relias’ global expansion.”
Since being acquired by Bertelsmann in 2014, Relias has continued on an aggressive growth track fueled by domestic acquisitions and organic growth. The company acquired Academy Medical Systems and RediLearning in 2015 and has continued to grow in its core markets of post-acute care, behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disabilities. The company currently serves more than 4,600 organizations and 2.6 million learners who take over 26 million courses annually.