Meet the GlobalEnglish Founders

Founded in 1997 by Reece Duca, Stephen Patrick and Martin Rice, GlobalEnglish has grown from an idea to serve the English-training needs of the global business world to becoming the leading provider of on-demand technology for improving Business English proficiency and advancing the business-critical imperative, Enterprise Fluency.

Each founder brings a unique set of skills and experiences to GlobalEnglish. We’re proud to introduce you to them.

 

Reece Duca

Founder

Reece Duca is a GlobalEnglish Founder and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors until July 2012, when GlobalEnglish was acquired by Pearson. In the past, Mr. Duca served as the Chairman of the Board of The Learning Company and was Chairman of the Board of Advent Software, Inc. Mr. Duca has been a Founder or Co-founder and a lead investor in approximately fourteen companies over the last thirty years. Seven of those companies became publicly traded and seven of them, including GlobalEnglish, merged with public corporations. Mr. Duca is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Investment Group of Santa Barbara (IGSB), a private investment company managing both private and public equity portfolios solely for the principals of the organization. Mr. Duca received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his MBA from Stanford University.

Stephen Patrick

Founder

Stephen Patrick is a GlobalEnglish Founder and served on the Board of Directors until July 2012, when GlobalEnglish was acquired by Pearson. Mr. Patrick also served as the Chief Technology Officer for GlobalEnglish for eight years. Mr. Patrick was a Founder and President of Sensei Software, a high school science and math learning company. He was also a Co-founder and President of Personal News, Inc., an online service for individual investors, which was acquired by Intuit in 1995. Mr. Patrick received his BA in international relations from Yale University and his MBA from Stanford University.

Martin Rice

Founder

Martin Rice is a GlobalEnglish Founder and served on the Board of Directors until July 2012, when the company was acquired by Pearson. Previously, Dr. Rice served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development for The Learning Company, from 1995 to 1997, where he managed approximately 300 product development employees worldwide. In addition, Dr. Rice was a Professor of Slavic languages and Russian literature for 23 years. Dr. Rice received his BA in Russian literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in Russian literature from Vanderbilt University.

The GlobalEnglish approach is truly a corporate solution. They have both an effective approach and an understanding of what a business needs.

— Anna Naiberger, Organizational Development Manager, GlaxoSmithKline