Cambly, a Marketplace to Support English Learning, Expands Leadership Team With Five New Key Hires

Industry Veterans from Airbnb, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Yelp Join the Company to Bring High Quality English Education to Every English Learner In the World

San Francisco, CA · November 16, 2022

Cambly, the video chat app that connects English learners to native English tutors, announced five new hires to continue building the massive global marketplace helping people around the world learn English. Cambly’s newest team members include:

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Morgan Hughes, Chief Financial Officer

Morgan brings deep Finance and marketplace expertise to Cambly as the company’s first CFO after running Finance teams at Airbnb and Grubhub for more than 10 years. Prior to Cambly, Morgan spent two years at Airbnb on the CFO's leadership team, running Finance for Experiences where she supported the international Finance organization and helped the company navigate many changes through the pandemic, including its IPO. Prior to Airbnb, Morgan spent eight years building the Grubhub Finance and Analytics functions from the ground up and played a pivotal role taking Grubhub public in 2014. Morgan holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A..from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Scott Tong, Head of Design

Scott joins Cambly as its Head of Design bringing with him nearly two decades of design experience. Prior to Cambly, Tong held various roles at Pinterest over five years culminating as the Head of Product Design. Before joining Pinterest, Scott was a Principal Communication Designer at global design consulting firm, IDEO and a co-founder of the automation startup IFTTT (If This Then That) where he helped to define the company’s vision, strategy, product, culture, and organization. He is also an advisor to Designer Fund, a board director, and angel investor and advisor to early stage startups. Scott holds a B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design from the University of Washington. 

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Omar Seyal, Head of Product

Omar joins the Cambly team as the company’s new Head of Product. Omar previously served as the Head of Product at Pinterest for more than six years where he led the Core Product Product Managers and the International teams. Prior to Pinterest, Omar cofounded a Y-Combinator and Google Ventures backed startup called Egomotion Corp, the creators of the context aware apps Status, Trigger and Agent. Egomotion Corp was recognized as one of the 10 New Apps of the Year (2013) by TechCrunch and awarded one of the 40 Apps of the Year (2014) by The Next Web. Omar Seyal holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School.

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Shannon Benjamin, Head of People

Shannon brings decades of knowledge and experience in human resources and recruiting to Cambly as its new Head of People. Before joining the Cambly team, Shannon was the VP of Global Talent Acquisition at PureStorage. She was also a cofounder of a boutique talent consulting firm which supported well-known companies like FitBit, Syapse and T-Mobile in their recruitment business process development and training. Prior to that, Shannon was the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition for Global Sales at LinkedIn where she led the GTM recruiting team of more than 100 to enable a 7x expansion of LinkedIn revenue. Shannon holds a B.A. from Hamline University.

Laurence Wilson, General Counsel

Laurence recently joined Cambly as its General Counsel. He was an early executive at Yelp, helping to take the company public in 2012 and running its user operations, people operations, and legal teams. He left as its Chief Administrative Officer after more than 14 years at the ubiquitous local search platform. Before Yelp, Laurence ran the legal, fraud, and business development teams at Xoom, a Sequoia-backed fintech startup that IPOed in 2013 and later sold to PayPal. Laurence continues to advise tech startups and speaks frequently on emerging legal issues in technology. He holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.

Launched in 2014 and based in San Francisco with teams around the world, Cambly has been quietly building a massive marketplace of tutors and students to support English learning. There are more than 1.5 billion people across the globe actively trying to learn English. Cambly is a marketplace that matches students who want to learn English with the right English tutor based on a few key factors like occupation, interests, time zone, gender, native language, and personality.

Cambly is now one of the largest English language schools in the world. The model is simple: students pay a subscription fee to access service, and tutors are paid for time they spend speaking with students. All language sessions can be accessed directly on desktop or with the Cambly mobile app. Cambly is now used in more than 150 countries, making it one of the most global, on-demand marketplaces in the world. 

With these new hires, Cambly now has more than 200 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with the global teams across the globe in Brazil, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Korea, Japan, India, Germany, France and with recent expanded operations in Spain, Egypt, Poland, and Germany. 

About Cambly:

Cambly is the one-on-one video chat app that connects English learners to native English tutors. The company’s mission is to bring high quality English education to every English learner in the world. Cambly is a marketplace that matches students who want to learn English with the right native English tutor to practice conversing in English. Cambly is headquartered in San Francisco with teams in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Istanbul (Turkey), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Shanghai (China), Seoul (Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Bangalore (India), Berlin (Germany), and Paris (France). Cambly has raised $60 million in venture funding from top tier firms like Benchmark and Bessemer Venture Partners, including an impressive list of angel investors. To learn more about Cambly or join the team visit

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