eContinuum Appoints Kevin Oakes as Executive Chair

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eContinuum, providers of customized hiring solutions for highly targeted employee selection, announced that human capital industry veteran Kevin Oakes will join the company in the role of Executive Chair.

eContinuum, providers of customized hiring solutions for highly targeted employee selection, announced that human capital industry veteran Kevin Oakes will join the company in the role of Executive Chair. In this executive advisory role, which is a part-time position, Oakes will help the company build on it’s impressive growth over the last year and guide the company as it enters the next stage of expansion.

eContinuum, a Minneapolis-based company, offers a unique hiring solution enabling companies to assess and predict job performance of applicants, with a focus on hiring for sales and other revenue-generating functions. The company was founded on the principle that identifying the key criteria for success within an existing position is the best way to assess a candidate's achievement within that position.

eContinuum’s success is the company’s signature product Overture™, the first hiring tool to integrate a company’s intrinsic knowledge into the applicant screening process - far superior to the traditional key-word search used by most applicant sorting systems. The company’s 'intelligent' Internet/network-based screening tools are designed to allow organizations to better identify high-quality applicants, predict job performance, and reduce interview time and employee turnover.

Established in 2004 by Orrin Broberg, a seasoned CEO and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in technology-enabled training and education, eContinuum has adopted a holistic view of the employee lifecycle.

“We see the employment cycle not as a series of separate events, such as hiring, training, retaining, etc., but as a seamless, continuous whole – the employee continuum,” said Broberg, CEO of eContinuum. “Our products are designed to create alignment and consistency, steadily increasing value in the people you hire and the results they deliver over time.”

“I’m extremely pleased that Kevin will be joining me in leading the company as we capitalize on the significant interest in, and need for, our products and strategies for hiring better performers,” added Broberg. “Kevin’s fantastic track record at growing companies in the talent management industry, and his vast experience and knowledge will be a great asset to eContinuum as we execute on our business plan.”

“eContinuum is a company that understands that solid employee performance starts with hiring potential stars from the start, and most importantly stars that will fit within an organization’s culture,” said Oakes. “While applicant tracking systems are plentiful in the marketplace, most do little to nothing to identify the optimal candidates for a position and predict job performance. eContinuum’s provides a comprehensive approach by finding the right person for a specific position, resulting in a strong employer-employee relationship for both short-term effectiveness, and sustained long-term value and profitability. While eContinuum’s solutions can be used for a broad range of positions, the company’s products and solutions are ideal for sales and other revenue-critical positions, which is one of the primary areas that concerns senior executives and where our primary focus remains.”

“I’m excited to work with Orrin and the dynamite team of passionate and exceptionally bright people he has put together. It’s an energizing environment; one that we expect will re-energize the hiring processes of progressive companies that utilize eContinuum’s products and services.”

Oakes, a 15 year veteran of the human capital industry, is the 2006 Chair of the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) board of directors, the largest association in North America dedicated to workplace learning and performance. Oakes was most recently president of SumTotal Systems, (NASDAQ: SUMT), the business performance and learning technology industry’s largest single provider of technologies, processes and services. Oakes remains on SumTotal’s board of directors, and as a retained advisor to the company. Prior to the formation of SumTotal, Oakes was the Chairman & CEO of Click2learn (formerly Asymetrix), which was founded in 1985 by Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. Oakes was also CEO and founder of Oakes Interactive, an award winning technology-based training company in Needham, Massachusetts, which he merged with Asymetrix in 1997 prior to being part of the team that successfully took Asymetrix public in 1998. Oakes is also an advisory board member of Longworth Ventures, a Boston area venture capital firm. A regular columnist and editorial board member of T+D Magazine – the learning industry’s most widely circulated publication – Oakes also is a frequent author and international keynote speaker on the strategic use of talent management within organizations. Oakes, along with his wife and 3 children, will continue to reside in Bellevue, Washington.

About eContinuum

A pioneer in helping companies hire and develop better performers, eContinuum provides competency-based solutions that enable companies to assess and predict job performance of applicants. Through its use of expert systems, eContinuum allows organizations to rank, measure, and evaluate job candidates against the skills and abilities of their best performers. The result is optimal hiring decisions for better performance over the entire employee lifecycle - developing a strong employer/employee relationship for both short-term effectiveness, and sustained long-term value and profitability. With more than 20 years of experience in the learning environment, eContinuum is the industry expert in providing a comprehensive approach to hiring and developing the right people for the right job. The company’s signature product, Overture™, is the first tool to integrate expert systems technology, job simulations, and a company’s intrinsic knowledge into the screening process - removing the subjectivity in candidate selection and increasing accuracy in predicting job performance. By translating complex selection data into relevant and actionable information, eContinuum goes beyond traditional selection tools and methods and is ideal for sales and other revenue-critical positions.

The company is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, contact John Doyle at 612.343.2284.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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