GlobalEnglish Bolsters Japan Operations with Appointment of Former Mitsubishi Executive as Managing Director
South San Francisco, CA, February 12, 2001 — Masatsugu Fujii Brings More Than 25 Years of Worldwide Management Experience to GlobalEnglish, the Leading Online English Language Learning Service
GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading online English language learning service for corporations and consumers, today announced the appointment of Masatsugu Fujii as managing director of the company's operations in Japan. With more than 25 years of management experience at Mitsubishi and other international companies, Mr. Fujii brings to GlobalEnglish a wealth of experience and knowledge of the expanding global economy in Japan. In his role as managing director at GlobalEnglish, Mr. Fujii will manage all aspects of the company's business in Japan, including working to secure new corporate and consumer partnerships for the company's award-winning online English language learning service.
Mr. Fujii is a passionate teacher of the English language. He is currently a television instructor for NHK, Japan's national broadcasting corporation, hosting "Business World in English," a program watched by a million viewers throughout Japan. Mr. Fujii has also written several books and articles on English language instruction for students and business professionals, including Business English Writing Manual, Business Negotiation, An Essay on English and English Conversation.
"The market for English language instruction among corporations and consumers in Japan is $15 billion, with more than 1 million people currently studying English," said Fred Grainger, president and CEO of GlobalEnglish. "To date, we have seen tremendous success in Japan with corporate accounts such as IBM, which recommends GlobalEnglish to its employees as a way to secure career advancement. Mr. Fujii's experience and his proven track record in working with business leaders in Japan will be invaluable to GlobalEnglish as we continue to expand in this exciting global market."
Mr. Fujii was most recently with Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, where he was responsible for the company's New Business Initiative Group and managed its strategic joint-venture investment in India. Prior to this post, Mr. Fujii held several management positions at Mitsubishi. During his tenure there, Mr. Fujii was general manager of the company's International Human Resource Development office, as well as a manager in the company's food department.
In between posts at Mitsubishi, Mr. Fujii held management positions at successful companies in the United States and India. In 1999, Mr. Fujii was the executive director of Snowman Frozen Foods Limited in Bangalore, India, managing 10 stores throughout the country. While at Snowman, Mr. Fujii significantly enhanced the financial position of the company, gained several major business partnerships and set the strategic direction for the company.
"GlobalEnglish is enjoying significant market momentum on all fronts," said Mr. Fujii. "My responsibilities at GlobalEnglish involve furthering the company's success across an extended enterprise of customers, and I am thrilled to join the company at this dynamic stage of its international development."
Earlier in his career, Mr. Fujii was president and CEO of Premier Edible Oils Corporation in Portland, Oregon. After growing the organization to more than $200 million, Mr. Fujii successfully sold several divisions of the company to US Food Conglomerate in 1995.
About GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish is the leading provider of online assessment, learning and support for Business English communication for the world's top companies. The company offers a suite of scalable, on-demand products that help employees improve their ability to communicate effectively in English and enables companies to succeed in the global marketplace.
GlobalEnglish is proudly made up of a team of global consultants who partner with clients to assess their Business English needs, ensure successful implementation and provide ongoing local support to over 30 countries worldwide.
GlobalEnglish is the preferred choice of the world's largest companies, including BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Cisco, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, GSK, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton, John Deere, Procter & Gamble, Unisys and Wyeth.
For more information, please visit www.GlobalEnglish.com.