Management Team

The Wall Street English Management Team has a unique blend of people who have direct experience working with Wall Street English centers and students in a variety of roles. This experience gives our Management Team a great perspective on the needs of our global staff and most importantly our students.

We are truly a global organisation, with key management based in strategic locations around the world.

David Kedwards

Chief Executive Officer

David Kedwards became CEO of Wall Street Institute when the company was purchased by Pearson Longman LLC in August 2010. David started his career at Wall Street as the Operations Director for the company’s China operations in May 2001, and became the General Manager in China in August 2001. WSE China experienced tremendous growth under David’s guidance. He expanded the company’s presence in several key markets including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and oversaw the opening of over 45 learning centers in nine years. Prior to joining Wall Street Institute, he worked as the UK Operations Director for KinderCare Learning Centers, the largest private childcare operator in the world. In that role he was responsible for planning and implementing the start-up of KinderCare’s UK business. He was also a founder and General Manager of Bright Horizons Day Nurseries in the UK. He has worked in business development roles for Marriott Hotels, TRW (in the aerospace industry), and Marsh Mclennan (in the insurance industry). David received his MBA from the University of Bradford and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Lancaster, both in the UK. He also holds a Diploma in Marketing Management from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, also in the UK.

Dr. James McGowan

Chief Operating Officer

James McGowan joined WSI in 1992 as a teacher in Madrid, Spain. Since that time, Dr. McGowan has held a variety of roles within the company including Operations Manager for a Spanish franchise organization and National Service Manager in both Italy and Germany. In 2005 he assumed the role of General Manager, WSI Germany. During that time, he also served as the Vice President of European Operations. In late 2010, Dr. McGowan became the Vice President – Operations for WSI. In April 2011, he became the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Wall Street Institute, Dr. McGowan provided consultancy services for Shell UK and for a European Union funded project into mineral exploration in the Iberian peninsula in collaboration with the Spanish Geological Survey. Dr. McGowan has a Bachelor of Science with Honors Degree from Queen´s University, Belfast, Ireland; a Master in Marketing and Commercial Management from ESIC, Valencia, Spain; and a PhD from the University of Southampton, England. He is also a CELTA certified instructor of English as a foreign language. Dr. McGowan has published and presented his own research in international journals and forums.

Paul Clarke

Head of Global Marketing

Paul joined Pearson in June 2015 as Head of Global Marketing Direct Delivery and has ever since been focused on developing the marketing function in a number of key areas to ensure Marketing is a function that enables the current Wall Street business and facilitates future development in an increasingly digital and Online environment. Paul joined Pearson from the International Airport Group (IAG) where he was Head of Global Marketing for British Airway’s loyalty currency, Avios. Paul has held a number of Global Marketing and Business Development roles in companies as diverse as Skype, Disney, Johnson and Johnson and BBC Worldwide amongst others in both U.K. based Global and in market roles which have included periods based in Russia (Moscow) and Italy (Milan). Paul is based in London and works out of the Pearson London and WSE Barcelona offices. Paul has a BA Hons Degree in Business and Marketing and has spent many years living in countries across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Russia.

Michael Garcia

VP Technology

Originally from the US, Michael Garcia leads our Technology organization, setting the digital strategy and executing our journey towards improving learner outcomes through world-class platforms and digital products.  He is passionate about finding ways where technology can improve people’s lives and change their future. Michael joined Pearson Education in December, 2014 as Vice President of Technology focusing on Sales & Marketing systems across their highly-diverse Growth region.  In that role, he lead the development of systems & processes to connect with customers and grow the Pearson brand in emerging markets inclusive of countries across Latin America, Africa & Middle East, India, and Asia. He joined the Wall Street English team in December, 2015 to serve as the global technology business partner and in April, 2106 was appointed to lead technology for Pearson’s China Direct Delivery business consisting of Wall Street English and the GEDU test preparation business. Before joining Pearson, Michael has worked in various technology and quality leadership roles for 13 years across multiple business units in General Electric, serving as CIO within the GE Transportation and GE Energy units, with roles in the US, France, and Hong Kong. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University, and currently lives in Hong Kong.