Pat McDonagh


Pat is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the global e-learning market. Originally a schoolteacher, he had a vision for improving learning through technology. In 1983 he founded the CBT Group which ultimately became SmartForce/Skillsoft – the largest e-learning provider in the US Corporate market.

Pat then founded Riverdeep, a company that was floated on NASDAQ in March 2000. Riverdeep delivered on his original vision of providing an online learning suite to schools. Riverdeep grew to become the largest provider of e-learning content to US schools.

Having established two significant companies that provide e-learning to the Corporate and Schools market, Pat formed ThirdForce to deliver e-learning solutions to the wider adult population both pre-employment and in employment.
Pat is actively involved as Non-Executive Chairman of ThirdForce.