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Welcome the New President of Allen Interactions

Allen Interactions is pleased to announce and welcome Zarir Erani as company President, effective immediately.

A well -known figure in the Minnesota business community, Erani brings more than fifteen years of corporate leadership experience to Allen Interactions. 

The appointment is a clear reflection of the organization’s plan for significant growth over the coming years. Well known for his visionary approach and experience with technology innovation, Mr. Erani is the ideal fit to lead Allen Interactions into the coming growth phase.  Erani shared, “I am humbled by the opportunity to lead a team of such renowned learning experts and industry thought leaders.  I believe the talented team at Allen Interactions has the ability to enhance the human mind and spirit, improving performance and understanding for companies and learners.”

Michael Allen, Allen Interactions founder and CEO said of the new President, “We were so proud of the caliber of applicants for the executive position at Allen Interactions, knowing it was due in large part to the global reputation our great men and women have earned for producing the best corporate training programs in the field for over 25 years. Zarir’s broad and applicable experience along with his successes in spearheading corporate growth made him an ideal candidate for us. We are so very excited to have him on board.’

Previously, Mr. Erani held leadership roles at Sun Country Airlines, Hallmark Business Connections, PDI NinthHouse and MotivAction. 

ABOUT ALLEN INTERACTIONS

As a leader in the industry, Allen Interactions is driven to rid the world of boring and ineffective learning. For over 25 years, Allen Interactions has partnered with over 500 clients – from Fortune 500 to Main Street – creating custom solutions that execute business change, drive performance, accelerate growth, and improve employee performance.

Guided by e-learning pioneer Dr. Michael Allen’s learning methods and design principles, the Allen team offers custom and tailored interactions to ensure learning experiences are Meaningful, Memorable, and Motivational to produce Measurable business results.

Using the best instructional design and latest technology, Allen Interactions continues to revolutionize the learning industry with its advanced methods of performance-based CCAF design and agile-based SAM process for collaborative development.


Allen Interactions was founded in the Twin Cities of Minnesota by members of the core team that also founded Authorware, Inc., which merged to become Macromedia and was later purchased by Adobe for $3.4 billion. This team built the first universally used tools for creating interactive learning applications and now not only creates award-winning, custom-designed learning simulations, games, and engaging skills-building applications, but also provides thought leadership to the entire industry through their books, workshops, and professional certifications.

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Michael Allen
Michael Allen

Michael W. Allen, our CEO, has been a pioneer in the e-learning industry since 1975. He was the innovative force behind one of the most successful authoring tools ever created, Authorware, and our recently launched authoring and publishing system, ZebraZapps. Michael Allen has nearly 45 years of professional, academic, and corporate experience in teaching, developing, and marketing interactive learning and performance support systems. He has led teams of doctorate-level specialists in learning research, instructional design, computer-based training, and human engineering. For decades, he has concentrated on defining unique methods of instructional design and development that provide meaningful and memorable learning experiences through “true” cognitive interactivity. He developed the advanced design and development approaches we have used at Allen Interactions for the past two decades, including CCAF-based design and the SAM process for iterative, collaborative development. Michael is a prolific writer, sought-after conference speaker and recognized industry leader. In 2011, he received ASTD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award. In 2012 Michael was selected by The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) Advisory Committee as a recipient of the 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He holds M.A and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from The Ohio State University and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Michael Allen was the director of advanced educational systems research and development of Control Data Corporation’s famous PLATO computer-based education system used around the world. He was the founder, and former chairman of Authorware, Inc. and also the primary architect of Authorware Professional, which was based on Allen’s extensive research on creativity and creative problem-solving. It became a groundbreaking authoring tool combining power and ease of use, and ultimately the industry standard. Authorware, Inc. merged with Macromind/Paracomp to become Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe.

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