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Biography for Grant Ricketts

Grant Ricketts


Celebrating success!


Yes, a garage start-up
Grant Ricketts is an accomplished business development and marketing executive and industry thought leader in Governance, Learning Strategy and Human Capital ‘best practices.’  

For nearly 11 years Grant Ricketts served as Vice President Business Development and Founding Member at Saba and was part of the start-up management team that founded the company in 1997. The company had a successful IPO in April 2000 and today employees over 700 people serving over 1,200 customers worldwide. Some credit him with coining the term, ‘LMS’ though he insists it first appeared in an article by Brandon Hall.  

He played several roles at Saba, spearheading the market introduction of  the company to establish it as the leader in the enterprise learning and later, building strategic alliances, and introducing Learning Governance as a strategic discipline for the industry. He co-authored the industry’s first white paper on the subject, “Governing the Learning Organization in an Era of Strategic Human Capital Management,” and speaks frequently on the topic at several industry conferences, customer meetings and webinar events.  

Key alliance partners included IBM, PwC and Deloitte Consulting. He also created the Content Alliance program – growing it to serve over 230 content and tools providers from 30 different countries worldwide. He’s also been the host of the popular thought leadership webinar series InsideContent! and HCLive!

Mr. Ricketts has spoken at numerous conferences including Training 2011, The Conference Board 2009 and 2010, SALT 2008, 2009, OnLine Learning (1999, 2000 and 2001), Information Technology Training Association (ITTA, 1999, 2000), Instructional Systems Association (ISA, 2000, 2002), TechLearn (1998 – 2004), Learning 2006, 2007 and 2008, and 2011, Training2001, Educa Berlin (Germany, 1999), and Forum de Tecnologia (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2000), and various seminars and workshops in Mexico and Brazil in 2005.

Before joining Saba, Mr. Ricketts spent several years with Sybase where he created the company’s first channels business plan and in 1995 started the Internet Products Group,
whose web.sql product (1995) was the first commercial solution for dynamic linking of web pages with databases. He later led market development for the Internet and New Media Division at Oracle creating one of the company’s early Internet business plans to integrate the Network Computing Architecture (NCA) across several different product divisions.

He started his career in advertising with Foote, Cone & Belding and D’Arcy MacManus Masius in San Francisco.

Mr. Ricketts earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a B.A. in Economics with honors from U.C. Berkeley.
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