Koreen Pagano, renowned industry Product Leader, joins Thrive Learning as Chief Product Officer

At a time when women hold only 26.7% of tech-related jobs, Thrive is paving the way for an equal future with the appointment of Koreen Pagano closely following on the heels of Niloufar Zarin, appointed as Head of AI in March 2024. 


April 2024: Thrive Learning, the fastest-growing learning technology provider, proudly announces the appointment of Koreen Pagano as its Chief Product Officer. The appointment of Pagano means 50% of Senior Leadership positions are held by women. With a stellar track record spanning over three decades, Pagano brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, having led impressive product teams at LinkedIn Learning, D2L and Degreed, she is poised to steer Thrive’s product strategy and innovation initiatives to new heights.

Having held pivotal positions at esteemed organisations such as Degreed, Wiley, D2L, and LinkedIn Learning (Lynda), Pagano has consistently demonstrated her expertise in driving product excellence and fostering groundbreaking advancements in the technology landscape. Her tenure as Vice President of Skills at Degreed and Group Vice President at Wiley exemplifies how she has led innovation, set strategic visions and executed truly transformative initiatives.

Pagano’s illustrious career is underscored by her visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to revolutionising corporate learning and development. As an Advisory Board member at SilVR Thread, she spearheaded pioneering endeavours in leveraging virtual reality for immersive training experiences, cementing her status as a trailblazer in the intersection of technology and education.


“We are thrilled to welcome Koreen Pagano to the Thrive family as our new Chief Product Officer,” said Sean Reddington, CEO and Founder at Thrive. “Her exceptional experience in our industry and track record driving innovation and delivering impactful solutions for some of the most forward-thinking tech businesses perfectly aligns with our mission to become the market’s leading AI-driven and user-first learning platform.”


In her new role, Pagano will be at the head of Thrive’s product strategy, harnessing her visionary insights to lead the development of cutting-edge solutions that will ultimately empower businesses to build a culture of always-on learning.

“I am incredibly excited to join Thrive and lead its already impressive product team,” said Koreen Pagano. “Thrive’s commitment to innovation and customer-centricity resonates deeply with my own values. Their platform caught my eye when they first entered the market but to see how it’s evolved is incredibly exciting and I look forward to working with this exceptional team to shape the future of digital experiences.”


Koreen Pagano’s appointment as Chief Product Office marks a significant milestone in Thrive’s journey towards becoming a leader in the digital transformation and learning space, poised to revolutionise how organisations engage with technology to upskill, drive growth and success. Not only sparking a new era of innovation and growth for Thrive, affirming its commitment to innovation, but it also sees Thrive add another strong female lead to the ranks of its impressive C-suite as Koreen joins, Leanne Ainsworth, Chief Operations Officer, Helen Marshall, Chief Learning Officer, Al Thompson, Chief Content Officer and Cassie Gasson, Chief Marketing Officer.

In March 2024, Thrive announced the appointment of Niloufar Zarin as Head of AI, bringing to the table a rich and varied background with experience from organisations including Dyson and Healx. Niloufar’s focus will be on driving innovation, recommending ways of working using AI, leading a team of AI specialists, and understanding and addressing client pain-points when it comes to learning and development. A strategic move, it demonstrates Thrive’s continuous commitment to be industry-leaders in AI-driven workplace learning, empowering individuals and organisations to excel in this ever-evolving landscape.