Wednesday, May 26, 2010

IBM's Cindy Skirvin joins our Executive Advisory Board

Cindy Skirvin
ProtonMedia's Executive Advisory Board is continuing to grow at a healthy clip. I'm very proud to announce that Cindy Skirvin is our latest member. She's the Partner of Strategy and Transformation Workforce and Talent Solutions for IBM Global Business Services. She joins Cisco’s Greg Pelton and Microsoft’s Sam Batterman around our advisory board table.

Cindy's sweet spot is deploying and running human capital management and corporate training and learning programs in life sciences. She's spent about 15 years consulting to organizations including Merck, Pfizer, Amgen, Abbott, and Johnson & Johnson. Having her on our board is an ideal fit for us, as we continue to develop ProtoSphere to meet the human capital management needs of life sciences companies.

If you're looking for more details on Cindy's background and what she'll be bringing to the table, take a peek at the press release we issued to announce Cindy's joining. We're also working on interviewing our new board members in turn, so watch the blog for that.

Welcome to the team, Cindy!

ProtonMedia Adds IBM’s Cindy Skirvin to Executive Advisory Board

Partner at IBM Global Business Services will provide strategic insight into the continued development of ProtoSphere for helping enterprises improve human capital management

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, today announced Cindy Skirvin has joined the company’s Executive Advisory Board. Skirvin is Partner of Strategy and Transformation Workforce and Talent Solutions for IBM Global Business Services.

As a member of ProtonMedia’s Executive Advisory Board, Skirvin joins Cisco’s Greg Pelton and Microsoft’s Sam Batterman to provide the company’s management team with input and counsel related to development of its 3-D virtual collaboration technology, strategic industry partnerships, business development, and overall corporate strategy. Specifically, she will provide valuable insight into corporate training and learning programs, human capital management, and how these programs are deployed by enterprises.

“An engaged and collaborative workforce is an organization’s best asset,” says Skirvin. “ProtoSphere provides the knowledge transfer and collaboration tools necessary to not only create a high-performance workplace, but also ensure it continues to pay dividends long after deployment. I am eager to join ProtonMedia’s Executive Advisory Board and help innovate ProtoSphere to meet the human capital management demands of customers in life sciences and other industries.”

Skirvin has spent over 15 years developing and delivering strategic consulting and talent management services for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. Her work has focused on workforce transformation, leadership development, 3-D and virtual world strategy and implementations, and remote workforce development. Her client roster includes Merck, Pfizer, Amgen, Abbott, and Johnson & Johnson.

“Cindy’s expertise in workforce performance and transformation is crucial to ProtonMedia’s Executive Advisory Board,” says Ron Burns, founder and CEO of ProtonMedia. “But even more important is the experience she has in deploying collaborative technologies and services, like ProtoSphere, in life sciences enterprises across the globe. Her expertise, combined with the level of knowledge and experience already assembled on our advisory board, is enviable in any industry.”

Skirvin holds a master’s degree in international business and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Portland State University in Oregon. She is a member of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), and is an industry partner and speaker for both The Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT) and the Human Capital Institute (HCI). Skirvin is also a lifetime member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide.


ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. The company is a Gartner “Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace” for 2010. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected brands, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Inc., BP, Chevron, Duke University, Deloitte, TIAA-CREF, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Cisco. A trial version of ProtoSphere can be downloaded at For more information, visit


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