Melissa King Named Ellucian Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations
Industry veteran will enhance Ellucian’s global market strategy and portfolio alignment
- Melissa King now serves as senior vice president of strategy and operations for Ellucian.
- In this role is responsible for the development of business opportunities to expand Ellucian’s global market presence.
- King has spent more than 20 years at Ellucian, starting as an engineer and moving into strategic roles leading product strategy.
RESTON, VA – Ellucian, the world’s leading provider of software and services built to power higher education, today announced that it has appointed Melissa King to its executive team to serve as senior vice president of strategy and operations. In her new role, King is responsible for the identification and development of business opportunities to expand Ellucian’s global market presence and alignment of solution portfolio, sales operations, go-to-market methodologies, and strategic partnerships required for success.
King has spent more than 20 years at Ellucian (and its predecessor company, SunGard Higher Education), starting as an engineer focused on technology architecture and management and moving into strategic roles leading product strategy and propelling global expansion. Previously, King served as vice president of research and development, where she led global product development teams through the delivery of centralised common functions and services, including engineering experience centers, test engineering, and user experience design.
“Melissa is an invaluable leader who has played a significant role in Ellucian’s success,” said Ellucian President and CEO Laura Ipsen. “Her strength as a leader and expert in the higher education industry will help us achieve the goals we have set for Ellucian and our customers. We are incredibly proud Melissa’s accomplishments and excited about the impact she will have in her new role.”
“For more than 15 years, I’ve guided teams in the higher education industry on the development of new products and the adoption of emerging technologies and methodologies,” said Ellucian Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations Melissa King. “I look forward to utilising this experience in my new role, where I will work to bring the global strategy team and go-to-market organisation together to facilitate greater cohesion and collaboration, connecting market dynamics with solution development, go-to-market plans, and customer support models across our organisation.”
King is also engaged in community and industry programmes that promote women in technology and STEM education. Melissa studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and holds a B.B.A. with concentrations in applied information systems and business.