About

Worldwide Leadership Team

Shozo Mori, CEO/Chairman

Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc.

Shozo Mori, CEO and Chairman of Wilson Learning Worldwide Inc., is responsible for investor relations and providing overall strategic direction to Wilson Learning’s global organisation, while upholding the company’s mission to provide solutions that inspire, develop and transform organisations around the world. Mori San has been an intricate part of Wilson Learning Worldwide for more than 30 years, having served as President, CEO and Chairman. His background and experience has been instrumental in Wilson Learning Worldwide’s growth and development.

Tom Roth, Chief Operating Officer

Wilson Learning Worldwide

Tom Roth, Chief Operating Officer of Wilson Learning Worldwide, is responsible for the strategic direction and business performance of Wilson Learning Worldwide operations. Tom is also responsible for leading the global marketing services and R&D solutions group, assisting the global executive leadership teams with issues related to employee engagement, leadership development, strategy alignment and business transformation. Prior to his current role, Tom served as President of Wilson Learning Americas.

Tom has more than 35 years of experience developing and implementing human performance improvement solutions. He is co-author of the book Creating the High-Performance Team and is published in numerous business publications. As a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and client events, Tom presents on a wide variety of issues, including leadership, employee and customer engagement, change and strategy implementation.

Ed Emde, President

Wilson Learning Corporation

Ed Emde, President of Wilson Learning Corporation, is responsible for overall business strategy and operations in the Americas. Ed’s tenure at Wilson Learning Corporation includes serving as Executive Vice President where he was responsible for sales, marketing and learning services operations for Wilson Learning Americas. Earlier in his Wilson Learning career, Ed managed business development and implementation services for key client relationships in the Midwest United States.

Ed has 25 years of experience working directly with senior level executives in linking human resources development, organisational development, training and education initiatives to strategic imperatives and business outcomes. He has held executive and leadership positions with a number of leading training and organisational development companies, including Ninth House and serving as President and CEO of Blessing White. He has managed several successful turnarounds, as well as the acquisition, merger and integration of several businesses. Ed is published in numerous print and on-line business publications, including CLO Magazine and Training Magazine.

Richard Chappell, Managing Director

Wilson Learning Europa

Richard Chappell, Managing Director of Wilson Learning EMEA is responsible for overall business strategy and operations within Europe, Middle East & Africa. He leads an internal team as well as managing the Authorised Distributor network throughout the region. Richard has more than 20 years’ experience in leading customer centric sales teams within the Learning and Development space and is passionate about creating high performing sales organisations.

Life before Wilson Learning included managing the Technical training company, Learning Tree International’s EMEA operation including responsibility for the partner businesses. Prior to this, Richard served in the military for 5 years and started his commercial career as a graduate trainee within the pharmaceutical industry (GSK) culminating in him running the UK’s South East Region.

Daniel Kong, Managing Director

Wilson Learning China

Daniel Kong, Managing Director of Wilson Learning China, is responsible for overall business strategies and operations in the Greater China region, with presence in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Daniel has more than 25 years of working experience with multi-national companies across various industries and his experience spanned across roles in regional sales and business development, subsequently converged on providing business leadership and management in China and S.E Asia. Prior to Wilson Learning, Daniel has been a facilitator and coach for over 5 years, committed to developing leadership competencies through personalised learning journey, facilitating change management processes and conducting performance coaching.

Such unique background and experience enabled Daniel to develop insight into client’s developmental needs and formulate tailored solutions to meet them.

Vivek Chandramohan, Managing Director

Wilson Learning India

Vivek Chandramohan, Managing Director of Wilson Learning India, is responsible for overall strategy and operations across India. In this role, he regularly meets with business leaders to provide sales, consulting and leadership development guidance. Vivek has been an integral part of Wilson Learning for nearly six years, having served as the Wilson Learning India Sales Manager and a program facilitator and consultant.

Vivek has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of information technology (IT), information technology enabled service (ITES), sales, and sales management, including tenures at IBM India, e-Serve International Ltd., Dell International Services Ltd. and HCL Technologies. Through his industry involvement, Vivek has gained extensive knowledge and experience in sales and consulting, customer service, process transition management, global solutions and leadership development.

David Yesford, Senior Vice President

Wilson Learning Worldwide
Managing Director, Wilson Learning Asia

David Yesford, Senior Vice President of Wilson Learning Worldwide, has nearly 30 years of experience developing and implementing human performance improvement solutions around the world. He brings valuable experience, strategic direction, and global perspective to his work with clients. Mr. Yesford is an active member of the Wilson Learning Global Executive Board, with current responsibility at a global level. Over the years, he has held strategic roles in our core content areas of Sales and Leadership, as well as e-learning and Strategic Consulting. He has also held managing director positions in both China and India. Mr. Yesford is the contributing author of several books, including Win-Win Selling, Versatile Selling, The Social Styles Handbook, and The Sales Training Book 2. He has also been published in numerous business publications throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Mr. Yesford frequently speaks at international conferences and summits, focusing on issues such as sales and sales strategy, leadership, employee and customer engagement, brand, and strategy implementation.

Akio Tamesada, President

Wilson Learning Japan

Akio Tamesada, President of Wilson Learning Japan, is responsible for overall business strategy and operations in Japan. Tamesada San’s background includes more than 30 years of experience at Nikkei Inc., where he has held several high-level leadership roles including Human Resource and Business Education Bureau General Manager, Special Planning Office General Manager, Nikkei MJ (Marketing Journal) Managing Editor, Marketing News Department Manager and Vienna and Budapest Bureau Chief.

Tamesada San’s extensive knowledge and experience with Nikkei Inc. provides Wilson Learning Japan with added insight as it moves forward with its Nikkei capital and strategic alliances. As Tamesada San explains, "As we [Nikkei] were looking to expand into the global marketplace, Wilson Learning was the only company that had the global standards we were searching for."