How Ericsson is Building Skills for the Future of the Business

Explore Ericsson’s L&D strategy to find out how their learning leaders are driving engagement and what role skills play to support their business goals. Discover the details of the company’s learning culture, analytics and tech ecosystem that make the importance of skills real for the people of Ericsson.


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Vidya Krishnan, Chief Learning Officer, Ericsson

Vidya is a technology and entrepreneurial leader with 20+ years of experience in Networks, Digital Services, Learning, Engineering, Consulting, and Business Transformation Operations. She currently serves as Ericsson's Chief Learning Officer, leading Ericsson’s Global Learning and Development team as part of Ericsson’s Global People organization. She holds a B.S. degree from Princeton University and an M.S. degree from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in how technology can uplift impoverished areas. Vidya is particularly proud and privileged to sponsor the Ericsson-Girl Scouts Alliance, a unique and growing partnership dedicated to building tomorrow’s STEM Leadership Pipeline today, and part of Ericsson's Technology for Good program. Outside of work, she coaches a kids creative service learning team along with her best friend as part of Destination Imagination. She is proud and privileged to lead a team dedicated to transforming how, where, and when effective learning (and role reinvention!) takes place in the workforces of today and tomorrow.


Peter Sheppard, Head of Global L&D Ecosystem, Ericsson

An expert at leading transformation in corporate learning. Leading change in learning strategy, technology, business alignment, impact measurement, leading edge learning methods, learning design and operations. A driver of corporate learning to achieve business impact. Commercially focused with the ability to inspire improvement both globally and at European levels.

In 2007 I began to specialise more in learning & development due to a strong belief in its business relevance and the ability of individuals to improve and grow. Not looking back I progressed through UK, European and global roles having shown what can be achieved to make learning an important activity at all levels of an organisation. My current role is focused on leading an international team to develop Ericsson's capability as a learning organisation.

A broad HR background in L&D, talent management, employee relations and general HR. Worked with all aspects of business including sales, manufacturing, research and development. Experience in "blue chip" tech companies: IBM, Philips Electronics and Ericsson.

As a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and Learning & Performance Institute I am keen to learn from others with a constant open mind on the best ways to learn within organisation. International speaker on key L&D topics.

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