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CHUCK MORAN 

Nashua businessman honored as entrepreneur


NASHUA — Charles “Chuck’ Moran, CEO of the Nashua-based company Skillsoft, has been named a 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for New England.

The award, given to 10 individuals throughout New England, recognizes individuals who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses.

“These winners are accomplished leaders who have contributed a tremendous amount to their communities,” said Kristin Keating, EY Entrepreneur of the Year program co-chairman for New England.

Moran founded Skillsoft, a local online learning company, in 1998. Since becoming public in 2000, Skillsoft has grown to include 1,400 employees globally and about 280 employees at its Nashua site.

“Though the workplace and our solutions have evolved significantly since our founding, Skillsoft’s core philosophy remains focused on empowering organizations and employees to improve their performance,” Moran said in a statement. “I could not be more proud to work alongside a team that continually raises the bar to ensure we deliver on this commitment, and I am honored to accept the recognition on behalf of every member of the Skillsoft organization.”

Skillsoft, housed at 107 Northeastern Blvd., serves more than 6,000 customers and more than 19 million learners around the world, according to its website. It was previously named one of TrainingIndustry.com’s top 20 training outsourcing companies and top 20 leadership training companies.

Moran, who has an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, was able to raise a total of $148 million in venture capital support at the start of his business venture with Skillsoft.

Prior to founding Skillsoft, Moran was president and CEO of NETg, a computer-based training company.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year program honored Moran for demonstrating excellence and achieving extraordinary success in key business areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to his company and community, according to a release.

The awards were announced on June 4 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place during a gala event. Moran, along with the other nine New England winners, will now be eligible for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year national program. That winner will be announced on Nov. 14 in California and be eligible for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The other winners include: Anthony Ackil of b.good, Timothy Rowe of CIC, Gil Zimmermann of CloudLock, Jason Robins of DraftKings, Jonathan Feinman of InnerCity Weightlifting, Kurt Graves of Intarcia Therapeutics Inc., Lee Kennedy of Lee Kennedy Co., Jack Shields of Shields Health Solutions and Susan Hunt Stevens of WeSpire.

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