GlobalEnglish Announces New Vice President of Worldwide Sales
South San Francisco, May 24, 2004 — Industry Veteran of 23 Years Brings Global Experience and Strong Leadership Skills to the Company that "Delivers on Its Promise" to Customers
GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading online English learning and support service for business communication, is pleased to announce that Timothy G. (Tim) Ellinger has joined the organization as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Mr. Ellinger comes to GlobalEnglish® after seven years with SkillSoft Corporation, where he was Senior Vice President for Worldwide Field Operations, having responsibility for the largest, global sales and support organization in the e-learning industry.
"Tim's long and varied experiences in the e-learning industry will enable him to have an immediate impact on GlobalEnglish's direction and growth," said Ron Hoge, CEO, GlobalEnglish. "Most importantly, he has strong international experience and clearly understands the challenges that our global clients face when conducting business throughout the world."
Mr. Ellinger brings more than 23 years of sales and operational experience in the training and e-learning industry to his new role. Prior to managing SkillSoft's global sales and support organization, he held various management positions with SmartForce (before its merger with SkillSoft), including Vice President of Sales for the Americas and Vice President of International Sales. Mr. Ellinger began his career in sales in 1978 with the IBM Corporation and has held various sales and sales management positions in the training industry with companies such as Deltak, SRA and Platinum Technology.
"I joined this organization because GlobalEnglish is the premier solution provider for what I believe is the most critical training requirement facing global companies today," said Mr. Ellinger. "GlobalEnglish delivers an English language learning solution that is highly effective, yet far more scalable and affordable than traditional training methods such as classroom instruction."
In a recent GlobalEnglish survey of more than 30,000 non native-speaking employees of global companies, 90 percent said that English is "required" or "important" for their jobs. Only 9 percent, however, indicated that their current level of English proficiency was sufficient enough to be effective in their roles. Additional research by GlobalEnglish has shown that companies that operate globally can lose up to US$4 Million in productivity, annually, for every 1,000 employees who lack proficiency in English. Senior management from global companies have also linked English proficiency in their organizations to the ability to quickly adapt to strategic business issues and events, such as entry into new markets, rapid integration of acquisitions, and developing a larger pool of "high potential" employees for succession planning.
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.