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Uttara Choudhury  |  BSCAL 

Infotech guru Axel J Leblois usually has a good reason for stirring up media interest.

This time, he had two. Ostensibly here to attend a two-day seminar on The Politics of Information, Leblois presentation on bridging the IT learning gap was lapped up by the audience.

But the media hung onto his words for a completely different reason. Its an open secret that the CEO of the worlds leading computer training company for executives, US-based ExecuTrain Corporation, is here to appoint a franchisee in India.

We think the country is going to be a critical market as the software and services industry in India is very developed. It is a matter of time before we appoint a master franchisee. This year, ExecuTrain will have a presence in at least five major Indian cities, says Leblois.

The Frenchman is also willing to stick his neck out and predict that ExecuTrain will be among the top three leading IT training companies in India.

Give us three years and we will be at the top, says a confident Leblois. We dont mind going the extra mile. Our in-house course developers create manuals based on adult learning methodology. And, our courseware is available in ten different languages everything from Arabic to Turkish!

Undoubtedly, this desire to speak a local language or just plain English, and not computerese, has helped ExecuTrain flourish in 26 countries.

It also helps that ExecuTrains biggest shareholder is the Massachusetts-based $10 billion International Data Group (IDG). Leblois is on the board of directors of IDG and has also been the president of IDGs publishing subsidiary IDG Communications Inc, which brings out PC World, Computer World and InfoWorld.

Leblois loves glaciers and has trekked in the Alps as well as the foothills of the Himalayas. But it is not so much the mountains that bring him to India as her rich cultural heritage. I have been visiting India since 1973. As a student of history, I find Rajasthan and Kerala awesome. I always do find a reason for coming back.

First Published: Mon, March 30 1998. 00:00 IST