New York, NY (PRWEB) January 18, 2013
World Education Services (WES), the nation's leading authority on credential evaluation and provider of research about student mobility, international enrollment management, and transnational education has elected two new members to its board: Ambassador Curtis S. Chin and Mr. John Ovrutsky. WES is dedicated to helping people with international education achieve their higher education and professional goals by evaluating and advocating for the recognition of their international education qualifications. WES' board of directors guides the mission and efforts of the organization.
“I am pleased to welcome Curtis and John to WES’ Board of Directors,” said June Noronha, chair of the Board of World Education Services. “They both bring a wealth of experience that will no doubt provide strong strategic counsel to help guide WES in the coming years.”
Ambassador Chin is a senior fellow and inaugural executive-in-residence at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand -- an international institution for higher education in engineering, advanced technologies, and management and planning. He is also a managing director with the advisory firm RiverPeak Group, LLC. In 2006, Chin was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the U.S. executive director to the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, with the rank of ambassador. Following U.S. Senate confirmation, he served in this role from 2007 until late-2010 under Presidents Bush and then Barack Obama, as part of the senior International Affairs team at the U.S. Treasury Department. Ambassador Chin previously worked with the international public affairs firm Burson-Marsteller in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Washington D.C. and New York. He is a board member of Asia- based Community and Family Services International. Ambassador Chin holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS from Northwestern University.
John Ovrutsky is a media and business advisor and adjunct instructor at New York University in media studies and video. Ovrutsky was the co-founder and executive producer for City on Demand, which produced vignettes about things to do in New York City. Launched in 2005 by Time Warner Cable television, it was then acquired by Time Out New York magazine in 2008. This endeavor led to the production of hundreds of short-form videos, some of the earliest video-based Internet guides. Previously, Mr. Ovrutsky was a senior vice president of HBO, responsible for the direct-to-home satellite affiliate business, including sales, marketing, promotion, finance, public relations, day-to-day operations and business administration with HBO's national satellite distributors. He also served as General Manager for American business personnel at SONY Corporation in Tokyo, Japan where he created a high technology language learning series. Mr. Ovrutsky was profiled in a March of 2006 issue of Crains New York Business on his success in transforming from a senior corporate executive to an entrepreneur. He has lectured at the University of South Carolina, University of Denver and University of California San Diego. Mr. Ovrutsky has a BA from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
“Both Curtis S. Chin and John Ovrutsky bring a fresh perspective to WES’ Board that reflects the global nature of the communities we serve," said Mariam Assefa, executive director of World Education Services. “We look forward to advancing our work and exploring new directions under their guidance and leadership.”
About WES (http://www.wes.org): Founded in 1974, World Education Services, Inc. is the largest non-profit credential evaluation service in the U.S. and Canada and a leading provider of research regarding student mobility, international enrollment management, and transnational education. WES is dedicated to helping people with international education achieve their higher education and professional goals by evaluating and advocating for the recognition of their international education qualifications so they can use their education more effectively. WES has delivered over 750,000 credential evaluation reports to educational, business, and governmental institutions worldwide.