SOURCE: GlobalEnglish Corporation

GlobalEnglish Corporation

August 24, 2011 08:03 ET

GlobalEnglish Promotes Senior Executives to CEO and President

CEO Mahesh Ram and President Tom Kahl Share Vision of Helping Multinational Companies Achieve Enterprise Fluency

BRISBANE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2011) - GlobalEnglish Corporation (, the leading provider of on-demand Enterprise Fluency™ software for multinational organizations, today announced the appointments of Mr. Mahesh Ram as Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Tom Kahl as President. Mr. Ram and Mr. Kahl have also been elected to serve on the Company's Board of Directors. With more than twelve and eight years of service at GlobalEnglish, respectively, they have both played a vital role in the rapid growth and success of the Company and will now lead GlobalEnglish into the next phase of this growth.

"As business becomes increasingly global, a vexing management dilemma has emerged for leaders of multinational companies who are seeking growth and innovation in more geographies than ever before. They have become increasingly challenged to improve the productivity and efficiency of their non-native English speaking employees, who are required to use English, the de facto language of business, on the job every day. Communication accuracy and efficiency translates into productivity in the global workplace. And productivity drives profitability," said Reece Duca, GlobalEnglish Founder and Chairman of the Board.

"Both Mahesh and Tom have the ideal skills and leadership strength for GlobalEnglish," continued Mr. Duca. "With many years of success leading both our sales and product development efforts, Mahesh Ram has a rare combination of deep customer knowledge, global business experience, and a keen understanding for how technology can transform human performance. Tom Kahl is a gifted and strategic leader, and has been a driving force behind the Company's rapid growth over the past several years as our Executive Vice President of Corporate Sales with an intense focus on what makes our customers successful."

Global business success requires continuous innovation and flawless execution across the entire organization. Companies are investing heavily in technology platforms to connect global teams and drive effective communications. However, there is a fundamental human communications gap that prevents organizational effectiveness and collaboration because many of these global employees aren't proficient in Business English, the de facto language of global commerce. GlobalEnglish enables its customers to realize dramatic performance and productivity increases through the use of innovative software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings that directly address these challenges and create competitive advantage.

According to a recent survey commissioned by GlobalEnglish, only a small fraction of global employees -- seven percent of 26,000 non-English speakers surveyed from 3,500 top multinational corporations -- strongly agree that their Business English skills are sufficient to do their jobs, while 92 percent of them reported that English is critical to their role.

"The global economy has dramatically changed the way companies must operate. With globally-dispersed work teams, heightened competitive pressure, and the rapid growth in emerging markets, a high level of communication prowess in a common language is an absolute strategic imperative for success. Unfortunately, most of the old approaches to solving this problem don't solve the true problem of Enterprise Fluency at the scale required," said Mahesh Ram, GlobalEnglish Chief Executive Officer.

"Fortunately, GlobalEnglish understands that the rules have changed," continued Mr. Ram. "We've developed innovative on-demand solutions that combine effectiveness, productivity gains, and cost efficiency at a scale that no one in the industry can match. These award-winning SaaS services, combined with the experience and expertise of the finest sales and account management team in the world, generate enormous value for our customers wherever they operate. I am both humbled and grateful to be given this exciting opportunity to lead the most talented and passionate team ever assembled in our industry."

Prior to his new role as CEO, Ram served in a variety of senior management roles at GlobalEnglish, including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and most recently as Executive Vice President of Product Development. He has been privileged to work with hundreds of GlobalEnglish customers and understand their priorities and concerns first-hand. He has more than 20 years of senior management experience with leading on-demand technology companies including the Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters) and Wolters Kluwer, where innovative digital solutions sharply increased customer satisfaction, profitability and shareholder value.

"It's an exciting time to be at GlobalEnglish because we're focused on driving even more significant and strategic results for our customers by building upon our proven approach and solutions to optimize global business success through new innovation," said Tom Kahl, GlobalEnglish President. "Our shared leadership vision is to deepen the value that we provide across the entire global enterprise."

Kahl was most recently GlobalEnglish's Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, leading global sales, support, marketing and sales operations. He has been responsible for assembling and leading a talented sales organization across the world, and personally helping to forge many of the Company's most important customer successes. Prior to joining the company, he spent seven years with SmartForce (now Skillsoft) serving in various management positions, including Vice President of EMEA with responsibility for sales, support, marketing, and operations.

About GlobalEnglish Corporation

GlobalEnglish offers solutions to improve Enterprise Fluency™: the communication, collaboration, and operational proficiency that companies must have to compete in today's global economy. Enterprise Fluency is the measure of a company's ability to apply company-wide gains in Business English skills to improve the ease with which global teams can communicate and collaborate with each other and the effectiveness with which the company can operate across country borders.

GlobalEnglish has more than 500 enterprises partnering with the company globally, including BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Cisco, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, Hilton, John Deere, Procter & Gamble, and Unisys. Its comprehensive, on-demand software solutions are available in 15 languages for instant, on-the-job support for business tasks in English -- such as writing emails and developing presentations -- and proven programs for building lasting Business English proficiency. Headquartered in Brisbane, California, the company has the global reach to support multinational companies in any country worldwide.

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