ELS Educational Services, Inc. announces executive changes at Berlitz Corporation effective on April 1st, 2013. Mr. Mark W. Harris has been appointed CEO and President of Berlitz Corporation and will also continue to serve as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ELS Educational Services. Ms. Yukako Uchinaga, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Berlitz Corporation, will be appointed honorary chairman.
Mr. Harris joined the Berlitz organization in 1978, and has devoted his career to international education for more than three decades. In 1997 Mr. Harris led the management team which acquired ELS Educational Services for Berlitz, and since 1998 he has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ELS Educational Services, and in 2000, Mr. Harris joined the Board of Directors as an Executive Vice President of Berlitz Corporation.
"During the last five years Berlitz Corporation has made a number of strategic acquisitions to diversify the media and technologies through which we can deliver content to our customers. Our multi-national corporate clients have increasingly relied on us for cultural and leadership training as well as diversity management and communications training for managing their global workforce and expanding geographic footprint. Our ELS Educational Services subsidiary had grown at a rapid double digit pace facilitating international student mobility by helping students find tertiary programs in foreign destinations and preparing them for success in undergraduate and post graduate studies overseas." said Harris.
With more than 550 locations in over 70 countries, Berlitz Corporation was established in the USA in 1878 and has been the premier provider of language training and cross-cultural services. Today Berlitz is a global leadership training and education company with a comprehensive portfolio which adds communications skills development, global leadership training and customized dynamic solutions for cultural competency, available via multiple delivery platforms.
As the leading provider of intensive English programs offered on university campuses, ELS Educational Services provides an international pathway to further education for students from around the globe. Over the past 50 years, ELS has helped more than 1.1 million international students learn English quickly and effectively. ELS Language Centers is the largest network of campus-based English language instruction centers in the world, offering 84 locations in 11 countries, including the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, China and Malaysia.
Mark W. Harris Profile
• Board Director and Executive Vice President of Berlitz Corporation
• President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ELS Educational Services, Inc.
• 1978 Joined Berlitz International, Inc. (currently Berlitz Corporation)
•1998-Present ELS Language Centers, Princeton, NJ – President and CEO
•2000-Present Berlitz International, Inc. Princeton, NJ – Director of the Board
•2001-Present Berlitz International, Inc, Princeton, NJ – Executive Vice President & Director of the Board
•2004-Present Benesse Corporation, Inc, Okayama, Japan – Group Executive
• Master of Business Administration – Marketing & International Management, UCLA
• Master of Arts, Romance Languages & Latin American Literature, University of Pennsylvania
• Bachelors of Arts, Spanish, Magna cum laude, Oberlin College
• Council of Senior Advisors to the International Association of University Presidents (2011 - present)
• Advisory Council to the President of Adelphi University (2003 – present)
ELS Educational Services Inc. offers over 50 years of expertise in assisting international students, more than 1,100,000 to date, achieve their personal and professional goals, through English preparation and professional counseling. ELS assists international students in identifying and gaining entry to higher education institutions in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Malaysia.
ELS has the largest network of campus-based English language instruction centers in the world (ELS Language Centers), offering 70 study locations in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, China and Malaysia with the majority of locations on university campuses.
Additionally, fourteen additional English language instruction centers are located throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Panamá, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.
More than 650 universities worldwide accept completion of an advanced ELS level (Intensive English for Academic Purposes Program) as proof of English proficiency (thereby meeting the English language requirement for admission).
ELS annually facilitates enrollment of thousands of international students into degree programs, thus expanding their future possibilities.
ELS Educational Services, Inc. is a Berlitz company.
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