GlobalEnglish Board of Directors Appoints Deepak Desai as President and CEO
December 6, 2005 — GlobalEnglish Corporation, the leading online English learning and support service provider for business communication, announced today that GlobalEnglish Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Asian Operations, Deepak Desai, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Desai succeeds Ron Hoge, who has been named Vice Chairman of the GlobalEnglish Board of Directors and will remain active in determining the strategic direction of the organization.
"When I became CEO four years ago, our goal was to grow our corporate business and become a leading provider of online English language training for global corporations. That task is now complete," said Hoge. "Deepak Desai is the ideal person to lead the company into our next phase of growth in both the corporate and consumer marketplaces. He has been my partner at GlobalEnglish for four years and brings a wealth of experience to the chief executive position. I have complete confidence in his ability to lead GlobalEnglish to outstanding success in the coming years."
Prior to joining GlobalEnglish® in 2002, Desai spent twelve years in senior financial positions with Time Warner. From 1995 to 1999, he served as General Manager/CFO for Time Life Asia, managing the children's education, ESL and direct marketing businesses.
"This is an exciting time for GlobalEnglish. Our award-winning learning service has proven to be an invaluable tool for global corporations, and we will now bring our technical and pedagogical expertise to the consumer marketplace," said Desai. "We have a remarkable business opportunity because corporations and individuals need an effective solution for learning English."
Desai earned a B.S. in commerce from the University of Bombay and an M.B.A from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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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.