A US training giant has made Wellington the location of its Asia-Pacific headquarters after buying a local reseller.
Ohio-based Pathlore has taken over Software Education Asia Pacific, which claims 150 customers, including Air New Zealand, BNZ, McDonalds, Toyota, Fuji Xerox and Ericsson.
Pathlore says the takeover is part of a major global expansion and New Zealand is a rapidly growing market for e-learning solutions. It presently has five staff in the capital and says it is recruiting another.
Account executive Ben Rickard says the takeover has given the company a wider range of software to sell. This includes the Pathlore Learning Management System that can manage a company's e-learning, including instructor-lead, web-based and live online collaborative events.
"We don't provide courses. Our software is the shell that allows these courses to be delivered, tracked and managed. We can deliver that from one portal and manage that process," he says.
Globally, Pathlore, formed in 1995, reported $US21 million of revenue from 3000 customers in 1999, with 650% growth in internet related revenue.