Executive Vice President and General Manager, Workforce Skills
Balraj Kalsi is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Workforce Skills, a role he has held since 2020. In this role, Balraj leads the company’s online learning business which provides opportunities to upskill and reskill outside the traditional higher education degree-conferring path. Balraj is focused on scaling the business so millions of learners can gain the skills and competencies needed to be job ready or move up in their careers.
Prior to leading Workforce Skills, Balraj spent three years as a General Manager in the US Higher Education group as well as three years as Senior Vice President of Global Technical Product Management where he oversaw all digital platform development for Cengage Group. During his tenure, Balraj helped accelerate the digital transformation of the higher education business, including the launch of Cengage Unlimited, the industry’s first and only affordable subscription for textbooks and course materials.
Before joining Cengage Group, Balraj held P&L and Corporate Strategy roles at Skype and Elsevier. Balraj has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to his role leading Workforce Skills, Balraj is an active member of the company’s Green Employee Resource Group, which serves as an internal educator and driver of organizational initiatives that positively benefit the environment. Balraj is based out of Boston, Massachusetts.