The Focus Group, a Global Tech Services Company, Expands Education Operations Through Strategic Partnership With Michael R. Sandler of EIG Advisors

Oct 19, 2010, 10:00 ET from The Focus Group

BOSTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The education and e-learning division of The Focus Group today announced its strategic partnership with Michael R. Sandler, CEO of EIG Advisors, Inc., a leading advisory firm in the education industry. The Focus Group, a global corporation based in Bangalore, India, with U.S. operations in Woburn, MA, holds businesses in education services, financial services, healthcare, and software/IT consulting.

The Focus Group's Focus EduVation provides online tutoring and technology-related services for K-12 and Higher Education. "The Focus Group is excited to expand our U.S.-based education division through our relationship with Michael R. Sandler, an education industry leader and innovator," said Anirudh Baheti, CEO and Managing Director of the Focus Group. "Sandler possesses the market expertise and unique experience to help us expand our current education and e-learning offerings."

With operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, The Focus Group specializes in utilizing technology and services to bring scale to a wide range of industries. In 1999, The Focus Group first successfully entered the U.S. market with its medical transcription company, Focus Infomatics, which specialized in combining voice recognition technology and scalable medical transcription services. It grew exponentially, and in 2007, Nuance Communications acquired Focus Infomatics for $58 million.

"Our goal is to enter markets where technology combined with scalable services help meet market needs. While The Focus Group previously has operated in the education space, new emphasis on technology and innovation in education provide greater opportunities for Focus to have a large impact as a leader in the market," said Chris Blue, Executive Vice President of The Focus Group.

Sandler, a lifelong entrepreneur, is the author of the 2010 book, Social Entrepreneurship in Education: Private Ventures for the Public Good, which chronicles the 25-year history of the education industry. Current clients of EIG Advisors include Inetoo, a leading provider of student learning platforms, and Campus Direct, a global online education and marketing company. Sandler also is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Eduventures, Inc. "I am delighted to be working with The Focus Group's education businesses to provide strategic guidance as they move through their next stage of growth," said Sandler.

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