NEW YORK (June 22nd, 2019) - WGI Worldwide Inc. today announced a significant digital transformation plan designed to bolster current capabilities and impact. This transformation plan builds on an existing global re-organization of WGI, which included the relocation of its corporate headquarters to New York City and a series of new leadership appointments.
Currently, WGI operates through brick and mortar programs that physically mobilize manpower and resources to beneficiaries. These programs, active in places like Los Angeles and Hong Kong, have allowed WGI to teach literacy skills to beneficiaries in their local communities. This model has been in use since WGI’s founding five years ago and has seen various successes where implemented.
As a result of this transformation plan, WGI will transition from its current operating model to a solely digital model. This will see WGI phase out its current physical programming and focus on educating beneficiaries through the use of technology. WGI will work with its partners to build proprietary digital platforms that can teach reading and writing skills to those in need. WGI sees this digital transformation as a critical way to increase the impact of its work, expand the reach of its global network, and ultimately position the organization for a sustainable future.
“These changes will allow WGI to significantly expand our work to more countries around the world,” commented Chance Wilson, WGI’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “This digital transformation offers us a superior operating model which does not face the same limitations as our current one.”
WGI has appointed former AOL and Oath (A Verizon Company) executive Alex Khan to lead this digital transformation. In the role of Global Head of Innovation, Mr. Khan will lead this transformation plan globally and coordinate the development of WGI’s future digital platforms. Mr. Khan first joined WGI in 2016 as a Board Member of its Singapore Affiliate.
“WGI is looking to embrace the rapid growth of mobile app adoption and deliver proprietary learning apps to a wider audience more quickly,” added Alex Khan, WGI’s Global Head of Innovation. “We believe this will have a real impact helping to raise literacy skills on a global scale as mobile adoption grows across all age demographics.”
The digital transformation plan, which began earlier this year, was adopted unanimously by the Board of Directors of WGI. WGI intends to gradually phase out its current programming throughout 2019 and launch its first digital platform by January 2020.