Babbel Strengthens Babbel for Business With Appointment of Neil Berry as New SVP

  • The appointment of the SVP B2B strengthens Babbel’s team at a time of rapid growth and will drive the company's continued expansion into new markets and segments

  • Experienced start-up and SaaS enterprise software executive to lead Babbel for Business global team

Berlin, 15 June 2023: Babbel, the world’s most sold language learning platform, announces the appointment of Neil Berry as its new Senior Vice President, B2B. With its unique blended learning ecosystem approach consisting of Babbel’s self study app, Babbel Live virtual classes and podcasts, Babbel is addressing a wide range of market opportunities within the language learning industry. In addition, Babbel for Business is gaining significant traction internationally, with now over 1,000 corporate clients in more than 30 countries. Neil will play a pivotal role in leading Babbel's global B2B organisation, overseeing product, sales, and strategy, and driving the company's expansion into enterprise sales. Neil's arrival at Babbel marks an important milestone for the company’s B2B segment. In his new role, he will report to Julie Hansen, Babbel’s Chief Revenue Officer and US CEO.

With over two decades of experience in the Software as a Service (SaaS) industry, Neil brings a wealth of expertise in building and scaling B2B SaaS businesses. He has held key leadership positions in a variety of start-ups, scale-ups, and large corporations. Neil's extensive background includes successful stints in both product and revenue leadership roles. Most recently, Neil played a key role in the growth and development of robotics company Berkshire Grey, where he led the establishment of its European business unit. He was an integral part of the leadership team that guided the company through a successful IPO in July 2021. Previously, Neil was International SVP at Intelex, a global leading enterprise health and safety software company, where he drove growth of over 400%. Intelex was subsequently acquired for an industry record valuation of over $570M in 2019. 

“Language learning is increasingly becoming a necessity for success in the global economy. It has the power to transform businesses, and I am thrilled to join such a talented team at Babbel to drive its continued growth in the corporate space. Babbel for Business has already achieved remarkable success in its first four years, and I am committed to accelerating this growth. With my experience in product and sales, I aim to expand into new markets, with a particular focus on HR and safety solutions where language learning can truly enhance the efficiency and safety of workers across industries,” states Neil Berry, SVP B2B at Babbel. “I look forward to working closely with the market-leading and innovative team at Babbel to bring exceptional language learning solutions to companies around the globe and make a positive impact on the world of communication and understanding.”

“Babbel is excited to welcome Neil Berry as the Senior Vice President B2B. His role is a key new position created to drive the company's expansion into corporate sales even further,” said Julie Hansen, US CEO of Babbel. “With his deep industry knowledge and leadership acumen, Neil is poised to lead Babbel through the next phase of B2B growth, including the expansion into enterprise sales. His appointment underscores Babbel's commitment to providing exceptional language learning solutions to people and businesses around the world.”

Alongside his professional achievements, Neil is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. He has previously been executive sponsor of may DE&I projects ranging from supporting LGBTQ+ issues to homelessness charities, demonstrating his commitment to making a positive impact beyond the business realm. Babbel's purpose, values, and culture resonate strongly with Neil, making this appointment a natural fit.

About Babbel

Babbel develops and operates an ecosystem of interconnected online language learning experiences and is driven by the purpose of creating mutual understanding through language. This means building products that help people connect and communicate across cultures. The Babbel App, Babbel Live, Babbel Podcasts and Babbel for Business products focus on using a new language in the real world, in real situations, with real people. And it works: Studies by linguists from institutions such as Michigan State University, Yale University and the City University of New York demonstrated the efficacy of Babbel’s language learning methods.

The key is a blend of humanity and technology. Babbel offers more than 60,000 lessons across 15 languages, hand-crafted by nearly 200 didactics experts, with user behaviors continuously analyzed to shape and tweak the learner experience. This results in constantly adapting, interactive content with live classes, games, podcasts and videos that make understanding a new language easy, from Spanish to Indonesian.

Because Babbel is for everyone, its team is as diverse as its content. From its headquarters in Berlin and its U.S. office in New York, 1000 people from more than 80 nationalities represent the backgrounds, characteristics and perspectives that make all humans unique. Babbel sold over 15 million subscriptions by creating a true connection with users.

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