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Press Release Category Computers - Internet - Release Date: June 05, 2008

Former CEO Joins as Advisor

June 05, 2008
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Language Learning Social Network to benefit from Management Professional's Experience.

PR9.NET June 05, 2008 - SHANGHAI, China – Language learning social network, announced Tom Soohoo has joined its board of advisors. SooHoo has over 19 years experience throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently, SooHoo served as CEO of eLong, one of China's leading online travel companies, majority owned by the US online travel giant Expedia, Inc.

SooHoo is excited about italki's concept – making language learning accessible to everyone through social networking and advancements in Web 2.0.

As part of his extensive experience across Asia-Pacific, SooHoo served as Regional Managing Director for McDonald's China, overseeing more than 325 restaurants and a team of 25,000 employees. Besides his leading roles at eLong and McDonald's, SooHoo has had an impressive history at other multinational corporations. He held managerial roles with Nike in China and Southeast Asia, as well as Hyatt Hotels International in Hong Kong. Tom received a BA from University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

With his broad leadership experience across the Asia-Pacific region, Tom SooHoo will advise italki on international growth and corporate development. Eric Pang, President and COO of italki, in referring to SooHoo said, "I am thrilled to have Tom joining us as an advisor. His comprehensive experience in global enterprises and strategic planning are invaluable. I am confident that Tom's knowledge and expertise will help us significantly in our plans for international expansion."

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italki, a Shanghai-based Internet start-up, is using web 2.0 insights to create a language learning community focused on making language education free for all.

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