Consumer Tech Veteran John Lilly Joins Duolingo Board of Directors
PITTSBURGH, December 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Duolingo, Inc. (Nasdaq: DUOL), the world’s leading mobile language learning platform, today announced that it has appointed John Lilly as a new independent director and member of the remuneration committee and management committee.
Mr. Lilly has had a distinguished career spanning more than 25 years during which he held various leadership positions in consumer and enterprise technology. He is a venture capital partner at Greylock Partners, where he led investments in Instagram, Dropbox, Tumblr, Figma and Quip, among others. John is the former CEO and board member of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, the open source web browser. He also co-founded Reactivity, an internet security infrastructure company acquired by Cisco in 2007, where he served as founding CEO and later CTO. Earlier in his career, John held positions on the executive team at Trilogy Software and as a senior scientist in Apple’s research labs.
He currently sits on the boards of Figma, Caffeine, Clockwise, Code for America, Voting Works and Nuro. He previously served on the boards of TripIt, CenterRun, Mozilla and Reactivity.
âDuolingo is firmly committed to providing universal access to the best education in the world,â said Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of Duolingo. âJohn’s deep digital expertise, leadership roles and proven track record in driving transformational initiatives for consumer technology companies will be a valuable addition to our board of directors. “
John holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and an MS in Computer Science with a specialization in Human Machine Interaction, both from Stanford University. He is currently a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and previously was an assistant professor at the Stanford d.school.
He is the co-inventor of seven US patents.
Duolingo is the world’s leading mobile learning platform, offering courses in 40 languages ââto approximately 40 million monthly active users. With over 500 million downloads, its flagship app has organically become the world’s most popular way to learn languages ââand the highest grossing app in the Education category on Google Play and the Apple App Store. With technology at the heart of everything it does, Duolingo has constantly invested in providing learners with a fun, engaging and effective learning experience while remaining committed to its mission to develop the best education in the world and make it accessible. to all.
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