GlobalEnglish CEO Ron Hoge to Speak at e-Learning Brasil Conference & Expo
South San Francisco, May 12, 2004 — GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading online English learning and support service for business communication, is pleased to announce that Ron Hoge, President and Chief Executive Officer, will participate in the featured executive panel at the e-Learning Brasil Conference and Expo, Brazil's largest e-learning event, to be held this week in Sao Paulo.
The panel, called "CEO's Expectations about e-Learning's Business Contributions," will feature four executives who will provide their visions of the role of e-learning in supporting organizational objectives. Hoge will be joined on the panel by Jorge Steffens, CEO of Datasul, Ozires Silva, Chairman of the Board of Administrations for WTC Pablo (World Trade Center), and Moreira Da Silva Jr., Vice President of Business Development for Brazil Telecom. Each executive will also share his experience as a business leader in Brazil and his view of the metrics that are meaningful to executives for quantifying the value of e-learning against business goals.
"With new market growth, outsourcing, and off-shoring, global organizations are being pressed to integrate operations efficiently. They have invested millions in communication infrastructures, but those initiatives become ineffective when language barriers prevent employees from communicating with one another, management, partners and customers," commented Hoge.
In GlobalEnglish's latest analysis of the business impact of language skill gaps, 90 percent of employees with global companies said that English is "required" or "important" for their jobs; however, only 9 percent indicated that their current level of English was sufficient for their jobs in global organizations. Moreover, GlobalEnglish determined that for every 1,000 employees that are not proficient in English, approximately US$4 million in productivity value is lost each year. Corporations also reported sizable losses associated with missed opportunities--for example, slower entry into new markets and difficulty integrating acquired companies.
Hoge joined GlobalEnglish in 2002 after more than two decades in global executive positions. He has proven himself as an innovative executive and decisive global leader, driving growth in new markets for corporations such as Cummins Engine, Allied Signal and MagneTek, Inc. From 1981-1986, he was President of Cummins Brasil and lived in Sao Paulo.
Hoge has served on the Board of Directors of Graco Corporation, Merrill Corporation, and MagneTek, Inc., and advises several community organizations, including Chrysalis and ACCION. With his experience managing the implications and opportunities associated with globalization, Hoge has made GlobalEnglish and its Corporate Learning Service the leading choice of global corporations for their online English training needs.
"Globalization and The Digital Information Age have forever changed how business is conducted each day around the world," said Hoge. "Never before have there been such opportunities for growth yet such challenges in achieving it. E-learning will be instrumental in the coming years in helping companies develop employee skills in a cost-effective, measurable, and scalable way".
More than 700 human resource, IT, operations, and marketing/sales executives will attend the e- Learning Expo Brasil on May 12 and 13, including representatives from some of the world's most successful companies, such as BASF, Coca-Cola, EDS, General Motors, HP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Motorola, Texaco, and Unilever. Another 2,000 are expected to attend the exposition, where GlobalEnglish representatives will be available in booth #23 to answer questions and provide demonstrations of its Corporate Learning Service.
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.