51Talk Online Education Group
China Online Education Group Appoints Michael Farley as Head of North American Operations

BEIJING, Oct. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- China Online Education Group ("51Talk", or the "Company") (NYSE: COE), a leading online education platform in China with core expertise in English education, today announced that Mr. Michael Farley has joined the Company as Head of North American Operations, effective immediately.

Mr. Farley will be in charge of the Company's teacher sourcing, recruiting and training, as well as branding and business development in North America. Mr. Farley has over 30 years' experience in educational management and reform in the United States, during which time he developed innovative educational programs and established new schools in Washington, D.C., Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, and Utah. Through his work, Mr. Farley has engaged with over 500 schools in more than 20 states and several different countries. Student-centered learning and the use of technology in the classroom to enable effective personalized learning have been core areas of his concentration. Mr. Farley has also developed a keen understanding of Chinese culture and educational practices, while helping establish international schools in China.

Before joining 51Talk, he served as the Founder and Superintendent of American International School of Utah ("AISU"), where he led the formation of a strategic partnership between 51Talk and AISU in October 2016. Mr. Farley received his master's degree in Educational Administration from Arizona State University in 2008 and his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University in 1989.

Mr. Jack Jiajia Huang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, "We are excited to add Michael to our management team as the Head of North American Operations.  We believe that his extensive experience in education management in the United States, coupled with his entrepreneurial orientation, will greatly strengthen our North American operations. Additionally, his cross-cultural education experience in both United States and China will be a great asset for our future development in our North American teacher resource expansion, as well as potential business cooperation opportunities in North America."

Mr. Michael Farley, added, "I am excited to take on the role of Head of North American Operations for 51Talk. I look forward to collaborating with the 51Talk leadership team and generating synergistic results to enhance 51Talk's core business as well as enable the Company to strengthen its leadership position in the dynamic online education marketplace."

About China Online Education Group

China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) is a leading online education platform in China, with core expertise in English education. The Company's mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable. The Company's online and mobile education platforms enable students across China to take live one-on-one interactive English lessons with overseas foreign teachers, on demand. The Company connects its students with a large pool of highly qualified foreign teachers that it assembled using a shared economy approach, and employs student and teacher feedback and data analytics to deliver a personalized learning experience to its students.

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