Conall Ryan is a digital learning executive focused on helping organizations strategize, design, and partner to build breakthrough products and services.
Conall works directly with senior executives on corporate strategy, new business initiatives, and product development. Depending on the assignment, he also can draw on a global network of specialists to meet the most demanding client needs. Areas of focus include SaaS-based authoring tools for K-20 and corporate learning, multiplayer game simulations for the higher education market, personalized adaptive learning for K-12 and Higher Ed, next generation assessment, and video-based English language instruction for the global consumer market. Conall’s specialty is connecting people, technologies, and companies to form mutually beneficial business alliances.
Conall helped build the partnership between Muzzy Lane and McGraw-Hill Education to develop the award-winning McGraw-Hill Practice series before joining Muzzy Lane as CEO in December 2014. During his tenure, the company developed Muzzy Lane Author, received grants from the Library of Congress and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and established new business relationships with universities across the country. Stepping down as CEO in August 2017, he continues to advise Muzzy Lane’s executive team and support the company’s strategic partners.
Conall previously served as Executive Vice President of Houghton Mifflin Company, a billion dollar educational publisher in Boston. Conall was President & Publisher of Sunburst, Houghton Mifflin’s educational technology division. The company’s businesses included Sunburst, Houghton Mifflin Interactive, Tenth Planet, and Little Planet Literacy. As a member of the company’s Executive Group and Operating Committee, Conall reported directly to the CEO, Chairman & President, Nader Darehshori. After Vivendi Universal acquired Houghton Mifflin, Ryan helped integrate their respective educational software units before starting his own business.
Prior to Houghton Mifflin, Conall consulted with high tech companies in the Boston area and served as the Vice President of Publishing at Knowledge Adventure, an educational software company based in Los Angeles.
Conall joined ON Technology, a workgroup software company, as Vice President of Marketing, and succeeded Mitchell Kapor as President & CEO. While at ON, Conall helped close two rounds of venture capital as a member of the executive team. When On Technology merged with Notework Corporation, Conall became Chairman of a combined enterprise that went on to complete a successful IPO.
Conall was a marketing executive at NeXT Computer, Inc., in Palo Alto, California, where he had overall management responsibility for bundled software applications WriteNow, Digital Library, Mathematica, Sybase, and NeXT Mail.
At Lotus Development Corporation, Conall was the product manager for Lotus Agenda and Lotus Metro, and also had management responsibilities for Lotus HAL and a version of Lotus 1-2-3. He joined Lotus from Software Arts.
Conall is a published author of technical and business articles, short fiction, and two novels. He speaks frequently at industry conferences including SXSWedu, EdNET, LearnLaunch Across Boundaries, ISTE, the MIT Enterprise Forum, and Revolutionary Learning. He received a B.A. in English with honors from Boston University.