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Global Knowledge Drives Worldwide IT Training Solutions with New Executive Appointments

June 30, 2016

CARY, N.C. – Global Knowledge, the world's leading learning services and professional development solutions provider, announced the hiring of three executive leaders. Kevin Pawsey is the new global vice president of digital learning, Robb Kaufmann joins as the new global vice president of strategic alliances and Paul Renucci is the new president of EMEA. The appointments are part of the company’s commitment to deliver consistent, streamlined, global IT training solutions for organizations to maximize their technology and mitigate the talent gap.

“The typical IT product lifecycle continues to shrink and the skills gap continues to widen. CIOs can't buy their way out of this problem, they have to look inward to start training and retraining their people,” said Global Knowledge President and Chief Executive Officer Sean Dolan. “As the market leader in learning services and IT training, our recent executive appointments underscore our commitment to supporting our customers’ and partners’ ever-evolving development needs, while also expanding our ability to present and deliver training in a way that uniquely resonates with their stakeholders around the world.”

The talent gap is causing a serious problem for organizations worldwide. Twenty-nine percent of CEOs cited the inability to find new talent as impacting strategic investments and causing them to cancel or delay new initiatives, according to the 17th Annual Global CEO Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Global Knowledge helps organizations through key business transformations and technological advancements with learning programs that close skills gaps and foster an environment of continuous talent development.

While instructor-led experiences remain relevant to companies and employees alike, IDC’s market forecast for IT Education Services shows an increase in digital training formats to nearly 30 percent of the market. These executive additions ensure that Global Knowledge continues to deliver cutting-edge offerings aligned to the evolving needs of our customers.

The new executives joining Global Knowledge are:

  • Kevin Pawsey, named global vice president of digital learning, will drive the global digital business plan that addresses the market requirements, solution definition, strategic partnerships, content development and delivery and go-to-market plans. He specializes in building fast paced, high growth education technology and SAAS-based digital businesses. Pawsey joins Global Knowledge from EXO U where he was CEO.
  • Robb Kaufmann, named global vice president of strategic alliances, will focus on delivering enablement and skills development programs that accelerate client success. He has a proven track record of success to drive growth through the channel organizations of global IT and networking partners. He specializes in consulting, sales, solutions development, business strategy, indirect channels and alliances. Kaufmann was most recently vice president of global alliances at IBM.
  • Paul Renucci, named president of EMEA, will be based in the Wokingham, United Kingdom office. Renucci has strong financial, operational and technical experience; along with a passion for serving customers and driving sales. Most recently Renucci was vice president of sales in EMEA for Juniper Networks, where he successfully ran a team of field sales, inside sales, channel and pre-sales technical associates.

“For any organization, success and profitability boil down to people, process and technology,” added Dolan. “IT training boosts employee productivity and morale while maximizing technology investments. Investing in the proper learning services is a no-brainer for organizations worldwide.”

About Global Knowledge

Global Knowledge is the world’s leading learning services and professional development solutions provider. We deliver learning solutions to support customers as they adapt to key business transformations and technological advancements that drive the way that organizations around the world differentiate themselves and thrive. Our learning programs, whether designed for a global organization or an individual professional, help businesses close skills gaps and foster an environment of continuous talent development.

Offering the most relevant and timely content delivered by the best instructors, we provide customers around the world with their choice of customized programs, convenient public training scheduling options, flexible delivery formats and continuous learning support to accelerate their success. Our business skills solutions teach essential communications skills, leadership development, business analysis, project management, IT service management and process improvement. With thousands of courses spanning from foundational training to specialized certifications, our core IT training is focused on technology partners such as Amazon Web Services, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, SAP and VMware. We offer comprehensive professional development for advancements in analytics and big data, applications development, change management, cloud computing, cybersecurity and IT infrastructure and systems.

Founded in 1995, Global Knowledge employs more than 1,700 people worldwide with corporate headquarters in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina and corporate offices in Toronto, Canada and Wokingham, U.K.