Welcome to the new GlobalEnglish. An independent company with a rich history and an ambitious future.
GlobalEnglish was founded 20 years ago on the premise that progressive learning techniques combined with emerging technologies could transform language learning.
During the past 10 years, as the leading provider of Business English solutions for global corporations, we continued to transform language learning with a blended approach that combined the benefits of human coaching with our online expertise.
As we look ahead, we see a world where technology is transforming business, education, and our everyday lives at unprecedented speed. A world of even greater opportunity for GlobalEnglish to transform the way global organizations communicate, learn and collaborate.
But to capitalize on these opportunities will take organizational agility. The ability to respond in an instant to changing customer requirements, and the ability to execute at scale, but with speed and focus. Which is why it was the right time to bring the company back to independent ownership.
In November 2016, we completed a management buyout from Pearson who had acquired GlobalEnglish in 2012, and once again became the largest company focused on Business English learning for global corporations.
Global Citizens Who Lead as We Live
Our new owners will look very familiar to existing clients. Dean Cooper, Scott Ludeke and Valentine de Roubaix have all had leading roles with GlobalEnglish over the past 18 years.
Julien and I are the new kids on the block! And while we don’t share their length of history with the company, we share the same passion and enthusiasm for its potential to change the world for the better.
During my first four years leading GlobalEnglish I saw for myself how we literally changed the lives of individuals around the world. But as we took over ownership of the company at the end of 2016, it felt like we had an even greater opportunity.
There is a growing trend towards nationalism in the world, built on the belief that globalization is driving economic inequality. As a leadership team we all have a personal passion, as well as a professional interest, in reversing this trend.
Four out of the five of us have built careers and lives outside the countries where we were born. Three of us have done so as non-native English speakers.
As global citizens, we’ve all experienced the joys and opportunities of living and working in different parts of the world. And as global leaders, we’ve also experienced the exhilaration of helping employees develop and rise beyond what they ever thought possible.
We truly believe that success should be driven by ability and ambition not bias or birthright, that personal communication builds global understanding, and that great technology transforms business by empowering people.
Advancements in technology and the business opportunities they create will continue to drive globalization. And more than ever before, education will provide the passport to a better life.
Our purpose is to give a voice to global talent. Since 1997 we have helped 3 million learners in 181 countries to advance their careers through targeted improvements in Business English proficiency.
We’re just getting started!
Karine Allouche Salanon