Viviance new education Inc. Opens Office in New York Expanding North American Operations

October 26, 2000

AUSTIN, TEXAS, October 25, 2000– Viviance new education, Inc., the premier

global online Education Service Provider (ESP) for business, consumer and

student markets serving the eLearning industry, today announced it has

opened an office in New York, New York and added two key additions to its

executive management team ╦ťGeoffrey Mann, Sr. Vice-President of Sales-North

America, and Thomas Christel, Vice President Worldwide Marketing.

Headquartered, in Austin, Texas, Viviance new education has an existing

office in San Francisco, California and a sales office in Canada. The new

New York office is located at 225 Lafayette Street, Suite 1003, New York, New York.

The company’s new office is part of its corporate strategy to

bring top-notch web-based eLearning services to growing regional markets

such as the East Coast and expanding Viviance’s North American presence.

Michael Weller, Worldwide Chief Executive Officer for Viviance AG new

education is also located in the New York office.

Viviance new education creates effective and dynamic web-based education and

learning solutions for unique companies seeking a competitive advantage

and/or new revenue stream. The company’s proven co-development approach

with its customers is one of the distinguishing factors of Viviance new

education’s success. Customers are able to deploy education programs with

tailored content that leads to deeper learning across geographic locations.

The company currently has a broad range of customers in the financial

services, softskills, education, professional services, publishing, health

care, manufacturing, and high-tech markets participating in Viviance new

education’s partnership model who will now benefit directly from this

expansion on the East Coast.

Recent partner-clients include companies and organizations such as 3Com

(NASDAQ: COMS), EpicEdge, Inc. (AMEX: EDG), Klett LernTraining, ABB,

Volkswagen, Linuxcare, (NASDAQ: STMP), Personal Systems Training,

and other leading users of web-based education services.

Doug Reid, Viviance CEO for Viviance new education, Inc., USA said, “Our new

East Coast location brings us one step closer to dominating the eLearning

field in North America and providing a host of technology resources to the

entire area. East Coast-based businesses will now be able to tap into those

resources and step out in front in the eLearning market.”

The appointment of Mann and Christel will provide sales management and

marketing oversight and strategic direction planning for the US operations.

Commenting on the appointments, Reid said, “These positions are pivotal to

the ongoing growth and innovation of our web-based education and elearning

solutions that meet the evolving demands of today’s eBusiness strategies.

Geoffrey and Thomas, who have extensive experience building sales and

marketing programs on an international scale, will help us continue to

provide clients with the best eLearning services second to none in the


Geoffrey Mann- Sr. Vice President of Sales North America

Mann, originally joined Viviance new education Inc., as Vice President of

Sales-Eastern Region, and was recently promoted to Sr. Vice President of

Sales-North America. This extremely experienced former ad agency executive,

lead account management teams for Coca-Cola, Seagram, Pfizer, Nabisco, and

Avis. From ad agency to publishing, his keen sites on sales leadership has

proven to be a winner for Mann at such notable publications as Playboy,

Games, The Cable Guide and NCAA Sports. Prior to joining Viviance new

education, Mann spent 10 years formulating strategic marketing plans within

the public education sector, and led the charge to redevelop the sales team,

strategies, positioning and targeting for web site developer This former lecturer at New York University, The New School, and graduate of

Kent State University says that a former boss best described him as “a born

leader, who not only responds to his clients first, but realizes the

importance of their prompts.”

Thomas Christel-Vice President Worldwide Marketing

Christel will also be based out of New York Office and focus on Viviance’s

North American efforts after positioning and launching Viviance’s efforts

across Western Europe.

With over 17 years of high-tech marketing and communications experience with

such companies as IBM, Andersen Consulting, Ameritech and more, he brings a

cohesive approach to marketing Viviance AG new education on a global scale.

With a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a Masters of

Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame, Thomas

brings to Viviance the strategic and tactical expertise for market

leadership in the eLearning marketplace worldwide.


Additionally, Viviance AG new education has also recently opened new offices

in Denmark and Belgium. The new office in Copenhagen, Denmark, was due to a

recent acquisition of Feldborg Multimedia. This acquisition will open the

doorway to Viviance new education – Nordic serving Denmark, Sweden, Finland

and Norway. The office in Belgium was the result of a contract win with our

partner Siemens for the Flemish Government.

About Viviance new education, Inc.

Viviance new education is the global online Education Service Provider (ESP)

serving business, consumer and student markets within the eLearning

industry. Our goal is to partner with our customers helping them realize

their eLearning business vision and opportunity for a competitive advantage,

market leadership, or even a new revenue channel. We deliver custom

eLearning environments specific to your content and your learner’s knowledge

and certification needs. We are a global company serving the eLearning

markets in over 10 countries: Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain,

United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium, Austria and the United States.


additional information please visit our web site at or call

(toll free in the US) 1-877-4-NEW-EDU.

Contact Info

Sandy Flora

Communications Manager-North America

Viviance new education

200 East 6th Street Suite 206

Austin, TX 78701

Tel: 512-481-1595 X36

Fax: 512-481-9525