John Ambrose is senior vice president, strategy, corporate development and emerging business for Skillsoft. In addition to identifying new strategic opportunities for the company, he oversees the operations of Skillsoft’s Books24x7 and the Leadership Development Channel. Previously, he had served as vice president and general manager of Books24x7, a subsidiary of Skillsoft and the developer of online Referenceware® which he co-founded. Books24x7 was acquired by Skillsoft in December 2001. Ambrose has more than 23 years experience in executive, international business development, web marketing and software marketing roles. Prior to Books24x7, he held executive positions including CEO of DeltaPoint, a NASDAQ-listed web tools software firm in Monterey, California, and vice president of corporate marketing for SystemSoft, a firmware company based in Natick, Massachusetts. He spent 10 years with Phoenix Technologies Ltd where he co-founded and was vice president, marketing and business development, of Phoenix Publishing Systems, a worldwide software publishing business unit that in 1994 was acquired by Softbank of Japan. He began his career in 1984 in marketing at Cullinet Software.