William (Bill) Rieders, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
William leads the company as it develops and delivers student-centered educational experiences that drive life changing career opportunities for adult learners. In his role, William guides the strategic direction of the company and focuses on how to deliver value to Meteor Learning’s expanding group of partners as well building a culture of innovation at Meteor Learning.
William is a proven, innovative, and visionary leader with in-depth experience in education, technology, data and analytics, and services. William was a founder of Meteor Learning, after Cengage Learning, where he was an Executive Vice President responsible for numerous strategic and operating roles. Included in his many accomplishments at Cengage is the successful development and launch of MindTap, and conceiving and leading Cengage Brain, a first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer educational channel, and successfully operating numerous New Media businesses.
William was a Partner of The Parthenon Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm. While at Parthenon, he advised numerous clients across industries, including private equity, information publishing, and education. He was an advisor to some of the most successful education players in the market. William’s work at Parthenon focused on corporate strategy, profit improvement, growth and innovation, and mergers and acquisitions.
William has been on several Boards including IMS Global Learning, CourseSmart, and Nelson Education. He also holds a BA from Connecticut College, and an MBA/MSIA from Carnegie Mellon University.