International Institute for Learning, Inc. Acquires UK-Based Orbital Training and Consulting

NEW YORK, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global training provider International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) announced today that it has acquired Orbital Training and Consulting. This acquisition will allow IIL to bolster its professional services and better serve its European clients.

For the past six years Orbital has provided high-impact corporate learning solutions focusing on Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, business process improvement, Project Management, Agile, PMO and soft skills. Orbital is an accredited/approved center for the Institute for Leadership and Management. It is also on the register of apprenticeship training providers, a UK government initiative to have 3 million apprenticeships established by 2020. Debbie Hughes, Orbital’s founder and CEO, will take on her new responsibilities with IIL as the Managing Director of IIL Europe Ltd, based in London. 

Hughes states, “I am here simply because of the visionary leadership of E. LaVerne Johnson, President, Founder and CEO of IIL. I loved setting up and running Orbital and I am delighted to bring this success back into the IIL family. I look forward to working with IIL’s global teams and know that it will be valuable to everyone to merge our assets. LaVerne Johnson is a true inspiration – she is both a strong business leader and one who leads with compassion and empathy. I’m delighted to be working with her again in building a future of thinking differently and acting differently to create a new era of cutting edge client solutions.”

Headquartered in New York City with wholly owned companies strategically located throughout the Americas, ASIAPAC, and EMEA, IIL works locally and globally with clients across a broad range of industries in the areas of Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Microsoft® Project and Project Server, Lean Six Sigma, PRINCE2®, ITIL®, Agile and Scrum, Leadership and Interpersonal Skills, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Orbital has worked on many successful corporate innovation projects by building understanding, planning and management in evidenced, systematic and robust ways. This acquisition aligns perfectly with IIL’s core values “Intelligence, Integrity and Innovation.”

Johnson comments, “We are very excited about bringing the achievements of Orbital Training and Consulting to IIL. Orbital has done a lot of work around innovation that complements IIL’s offerings. It’s an excellent cultural fit for the two companies. Debbie Hughes will be a phenomenal asset to IIL and I am extremely pleased to have her running IIL Europe and working with our great global team members. Orbital’s clients will now have full access to IIL’s deep portfolio of services, products, and courses using our Many Methods of Learning™.”

About IIL
IIL’s commitment to improving organizational performance with Intelligence, Integrity and Innovation has made it a trusted learning partner to thousands of global companies — in more than 150 countries and for over 25 years. Courses are also offered through IIL’s university affiliate, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS). Learn more at

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SOURCE International Institute for Learning, Inc.

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