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Bersin & Associates Announces2006 Learning Leaders

Fourteen Organizations Recognized for Achieving Positive Business Impact Through Training and Development

Oakland, CA – January 9, 2007 – Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm solely focused on enterprise learning and talent management, today announced the winners of the Bersin & Associates 2006 Learning Leaders Program. Based on detailed criteria compiled over years of research, the Learning Leaders Program recognizes organizations which have developed and implemented effective and efficient approaches to employee learning and development resulting in significant business improvement.

The Bersin & Associates 2006 Learning Leaders are:

For Operational Learning Excellence:

  • American Power Conversion Corp. (APC), a provider of high availability systems for network infrastructure, for its online technical training and certification for customers and prospects.
  • General Motors Corp., the world’s largest automaker, for its blended learning program for training dealership service technicians.
  • Scottrade, Inc., the online brokerage firm, for customer service and sales skills training for branch associates.

For Learning Technology Excellence:

  • Bellevue University, a private university in Nebraska, for its virtual, interactive auditorium experience used by faculty, students, and the business community.
  • Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., a specialty retailer of children’s merchandise, for its online training targeted to store associates on how to effectively introduce the store’s credit card to customers.
  • CIBC, a Toronto-based financial services company, for an enterprise-wide LMS implementation for centralizing regulatory compliance training.

For Leadership Development Excellence:

  • Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent), the global communications provider, for its company-wide manager training focused on leadership skills for global environment.
  • Digitas Inc., a digital and direct marketing company, for strategic business training for up-and-coming executives.
  • Philips Ultrasound, a supplier of medical devices and diagnostic technologies, for leadership training tied to business challenges and profitability.

For Learning Organizational Management Excellence:

  • Caterpillar Inc., a major manufacturer of construction equipment, for operational effectiveness and efficiency of Caterpillar University.
  • Symantec Corp., a global provider of infrastructure software, for its technical support training.

For Learning Initiative Excellence:

  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), the nuclear power industry’s self-regulatory body, for the revamping of its learning and development program.
  • MetLife, provider of insurance and financial services, for a major transition in its corporate learning strategy and platform.
  • Saks, Inc., a retailer with more than 240 stores, for its merchandise manager training.

“We received many outstanding applications from companies of all sizes and industry segments. Our judges were highly impressed with the creative thinking, innovation, and business savvy shown across the board,” said Josh Bersin, president and founder of Bersin & Associates. “We applaud the winners for their best practices, strong executive support, clear alignment with business goals, and in-depth understanding of their audiences.”

Bersin & Associates will use the data collected from applications to produce an in-depth report on training best practices, scheduled to be published in early 2007. All Learning Leader applicants will receive a complimentary copy of the report; it will also be available to Bersin & Associates research members.

More detail about the winning organizations will appear in the cover story of the Winter 2007 issue of Elearning! Magazine, the media partner for the Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders Program. To read the cover story, go to www.elearning.b2bmediaco.com. Elearning! will also feature a series of case studies and follow-on articles throughout 2007 on the Learning Leaders winners. In coming months, Elearning! will present a series of web seminars, moderated by Josh Bersin and featuring participants from the Learning Leaders winner organizations.

For more information, including a list of honorable mentions, go to www.bersin.com/leaders. To be added to the Bersin & Associates mailing list for news, updates, and the 2007 call for applications, please contact diane.siroky@bersin.com.

About Bersin & Associates
Bersin & Associates is the only research and advisory consulting firm focused solely on research in enterprise learning and talent management. Bersin & Associates’ WhatWorks® research and research-based services are designed to deliver actionable direction and to help improve operational effectiveness and business impact.

Bersin & Associates research members gain access to a comprehensive library of best practices, case studies, benchmarks, and in-depth market analyses designed to guide professionals in making fast and confident decisions. Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, technology and infrastructure, and measurement and analytics. Member benefits include in-depth advisory services, access to proprietary webcasts, on-site analyst visits, and strategic workshops. For more information, go to www.bersin.com or call 561 819 6213.

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