Meet the Minds Shaping Education
Chief Executive Officer
Nothing gets Shmoop's esteemed head honcho Andy Rahden pumped up quite like digital learning and educational technology. Before hopping aboard the Shmoop train, Andy was the Vice President of the Pluralsight Creative, Design, and Engineering business unit. Armed with his passion for democratizing education, Andy built teams at Pluralsight from the ground up to forge strategic partnerships and create a world-class customer experience.
Since his early days as a Mechanical Engineer at Baker Hughes, Andy has always enjoyed building things, from mechanical stress tests to Marvel-worthy teams of super-employees. Prior to Pluralsight, Andy made his way as an all-rounder at Autodesk, where he directed sales teams through all elements of improving customer experience. He has also worked for the largest SolidWorks reseller, where he provided in-person training, worked with customers on implementation, and provided guidance to companies transforming their design process.
Chief Experience Officer
Mike Soldan knows how to take a customer experience from zero to hero, and he gets jazzed about improving the experience of education and training. He carries an alphabet soup of certifications & formal education including: CISSP, PMP, CAPM, SSGB, and degrees in Information Systems.
Before he took up the reins as Shmoop's CXO, Mike was the VP of Pluralsight's Professional Services and Solutions Architect teams. In this position, he helped the largest companies in the world create effective upskilling cultures and to future-proof their workforce through digital training programs. Prior to Pluralsight Mike was a founding member and product leader for one of Verizon Communications largest Product & New Business Innovation arms, focused on IoT programs and products.