Cheryl Ainoa


Cheryl Ainoa
Chief Operating Officer

As COO for D2L, Cheryl Ainoa is responsible for delivering solutions that so profoundly amplify the impact of educators that people can’t imagine learning any other way. She directly oversees the functions of product management, development, delivery and support for all Brightspace solutions.

An accomplished technology executive, Ainoa has built innovative, high performing teams that have successfully delivered many of the web’s most popular and award-winning consumer experiences. Prior to joining D2L, Ainoa was SVP of Product Development at Intuit, a leader in personal and small business financial software. There, she led the transformation of Intuit’s product strategy to mobile-first, software-as-a-service-based solutions. Before Intuit, Ainoa led product development for Yahoo’s market-leading media sites, including the Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! News. As Yahoo’s SVP of Global Service Engineering, Ainoa was responsible for the reliability and scalability of all of Yahoo’s sites worldwide. Prior to joining Yahoo, Ainoa was the VP of product development at A&E Television Networks/Genealogy.com, where she oversaw the development of Geneaology.com into an award-winning, profitable online subscription business.

Ainoa has been a recipient of the YMCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, which recognizes women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to industry in executive, managerial and professional roles. Ainoa was also a recipient of the 2013 Intuit CEO Leadership Award.

Ainoa holds a master’s in business administration from the Santa Clara University – Leavey School of Business and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Washington State University. She is also a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at San Jose State University.

My Sessions

Conquering the Great Divide: Building Consensus Between IT & CLOs


Building consensus between IT departments and L&D is not only critical for successful implementation and adoption, but it is a strategic relationship that can mean success or failure of a learning technology investment. On average, 5.4 people are involved in B2B purchasing decisions, oftentimes adding IT after the vendor selection has been made. So why…