David Ells Named Managing Director of Watershed 


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 20, 2019)—David Ells has been promoted to Managing Director of Watershed, a learning analytics platform that assesses the impact and effectiveness of corporate learning programs. Ells previously led the development team as Watershed’s Director of Technology and was instrumental in the company’s recent user interface refresh.

“David has been a crucial part of our success at Rustici Software and Watershed over a decade,” said Tim Martin, Chief Innovation and Product Officer at Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG), Watershed’s parent company. “I’m proud of his development from an exceptional developer, to a technology leader, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do leading a company as a whole. Learning analytics is inherently a technical discipline, and David’s sensibilities in this regard will serve Watershed well.”

David Ells is named Watershed's managing director.Ells joined Watershed’s sister company Rustici Software in 2008 as a developer, where he helped create SCORM Cloud, a cloud-based SaaS solution that meets all eLearning needs from testing standards-based content to delivering courses and reporting on results. He also led the development of the world’s first learning analytics platform powered by xAPI, a modern framework for exchanging data.

His promotion comes on the heels of LTG’s 2018 acquisition of Watershed and the departure of Mike Rustici, the company’s co-founder and former CEO.

“Coming from the technology side of the business, I’ve had the opportunity to drive the production of Watershed’s software from its earliest inception, beginning almost five years ago,” said Ells, who will help integrate Watershed’s analytics technology within existing LTG products in addition to future product innovations. “It’s been a great journey to bring it to fruition during these years, and the experience has left me deeply engaged and connected with Watershed. I’m excited to bring that engagement into the new set of work in front of me today.”


About Watershed

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Watershed is a SaaS Learning Analytics Platform that enables learning departments to explore all their learning and performance data in one place, measure how L&D affects business outcomes, and maximize investments in learning. Built on the flagship Learning Record Store (LRS) by the people who invented the concept, Watershed employs xAPI and proprietary connectors to aggregate data from any learning, performance, and business system into a central dashboard. Watershed has worked with clients such as Visa, Verizon, PwC, Bridgestone Americas, and Caterpillar, just to name a few. To learn more, visit www.watershedLRS.com.


About Learning Technologies Group

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Learning Technologies Group is a leader in the high-growth workplace learning and talent industry. The Group offers end-to-end learning and talent management solutions ranging from strategic consultancy, through a range of content and platform solutions to analytical insights that enable corporate and government clients to meet their performance objectives.

LTG is listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (LTG.L) and headquartered in London. The Group has offices in Europe, the United States, Asia-Pacific, and South America.

LTG’s businesses—LEO Learning, gomo, Eukleia, PRELOADED, Rustici Software, PeopleFluent, Affirmity, Watershed, and VectorVMS—are at the forefront of innovation and best-practice in the learning technology and talent management sectors, and have received numerous awards for their exceptional performance. Our portfolio of brands represents the best of breed and they are acknowledged throughout the industry as market leaders.

For more, visit ltgplc.com.