American Management Association International (AMA) today named Manos Avramidis as its 18th President and Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Edward T. Reilly, who announced his desire to transition leadership after a 16-year term, during which he led the transformation of AMA into a digital and multiple media learning organization.
Avramidis, who joined AMA in 1998, held the positions of Senior Vice President of Product Development and Chief Human Resources Officer. He helped AMA evolve into a multifaceted professional education provider that delivers learning experiences in more than 80 countries. He is also credited with helping refine AMA’s ability to meet ever-changing customer and industry demands by leading the development of best-in-class content and leveraging multiple delivery platforms.
“After more than 16 productive years at American Management Association, it’s time to pass the reins to the next generation of leaders who will continue the progress and keep AMA in the forefront of education and leadership training,” Reilly said. “Manny and I have worked together closely since 2001, and I am confident he is committed to continuing the legacy that has made AMA the gold standard for the past 94 years. I’m pleased with the board's unanimous decision in selecting him, and I’m looking forward to working with him to ensure a seamless transition.”
Charles Craig, Chairman of the AMA board, said, “Manny is well qualified to lead AMA into a new, competitive era. We thank Ed for his 16 years of service as AMA’s chief executive and wish him the very best. Ed and I have had a long, mutually positive relationship together as CEO and Board Chair.”
Reilly is credited with introducing a wide array of new digital, video and audio capabilities for the teaching, publishing and marketing components of AMA. He transformed AMA into a multi-modality learning institution.
“I’m grateful for the board’s confidence in me to lead this historic and prestigious organization, which is the world’s leading instructor-led training organization in our space,” Avramidis said. “We will retain our dominant position in the industry and leverage our best-in-class content as we meet our customers' ever-changing needs. I look forward to continuing to work with the brilliant people and faculty we have. Our mission is to continue to be a trusted partner in developing talent with large and small organizations throughout the world.”
Avramidis also served as Senior Vice President of US Management Education, which includes leading faculty, product development and delivery, learning technologies, assessments and consultative learning services. He is on several boards and was part of AMA’s senior executive team, where he served as strategic adviser to both the CEO and Board.
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American Management Association (AMA) is globally recognized as a leader in professional development. For 94 years, it has helped millions of people bring about positive change in their performance in order to improve results. AMA’s learn-by-doing instructor-led methods, extensive content and flexible learning formats are proven effective -- and constantly evolve to meet individuals' and organizations' changing needs.
The world’s foremost organizations rely on AMA’s years of experience, expert guidance, vast award-winning learning resources and global capabilities. AMA supports the goals of individuals, organizations, and government agencies with a complete range of corporate talent transformation solutions, including public open-enrollment seminars and onsite group training, with both live and digital learning capabilities. AMA is consistently cited by industry sources as among the world's Top 20 training organizations.