Chief Executive Officer
Vivek Sharma is an Indian-American business executive, and has extensive experience building and growing profitable businesses through the application of technology, having served as CEO, senior tech executive, Fortune 500 board member, data science professor, author and startup investor.
He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of InStride, a Strategic Enterprise Education™ company, enabling leading employers to provide career-boosting online degrees and certificates to their employees, through top-tier global education partners. In 2020, InStride was recognized with Inc.’s Best in Business award and as one of Fortune’s Impact 20 companies globally.
Vivek co-founded InStride after six years at The Walt Disney Company, where he was the SVP, Digital Guest Experience & eCommerce, for theme parks, resorts, cruises, restaurants and retail businesses globally. Prior to Disney, he spent four years with Yahoo in Sunnyvale as General Manager for Yahoo Mail & Messenger, and VP of Yahoo Search products. Earlier in his career, Vivek was an Associate Partner with the technology practice of McKinsey & Company in their Chicago and Singapore offices for eight years.
As an Independent Board Director for JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), Vivek serves as chairman of the Technology committee and member of the Audit committee. He also is an adjunct professor of data science at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is a member of the G100 Chief Executive and BoardExcellence groups, World50 group and Fortune CEO Initiative.
Vivek is the author of two books, “C-SPARK: CEO-led Workforce Education for the AGE of AND” and “WIREFRAMED: Simplifying Digital Innovation for Business Leaders.” He is an active early-stage investor and strategic advisor to founders of multiple technology startups.
Vivek graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.
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