IT education and learning company Global Knowledge has named Joseph Cece, the former top executive at BTI, as its chief executive officer and president.

Cece was selected by the owners of Global Knowledge, New York investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, which also held a majority stake in Cece’s former employer, BTI in Raleigh. He became available after the July merger of BTI and ITC DeltaCom, also owned in part by Welsh Carson.

Before BTI, Cece held executive management positions at Digital Access, Suburban Cable, Cablevision Systems Corp. and TV Guide.

“Joe’s vision and leadership experience are excellent complements to the strengths of the existing Global Knowledge management team,” said Rob Minicucci, general partner with Welsh Carson and chairman of Global Knowledge. “He has the proven ability to quickly assimilate data, establish vision and strategically execute short- and long-term goals. These are the attributes that made Joe our ideal choice to lead the company’s growth.”

Along with appointing Cece, Welsh Carson brought onboard management consultancy Nightingale & Associates of Stamford, CT. Howard Hoffmann, a principal at Nightingale, held the CEO position at Global Knowledge on an interim basis until April. Another Nightingale executive, Bert Irigoyen, is serving as Global Knowledge’s chief financial officer.

Hoffmann and Irigoyen took their positions after former CEO Duncan Anderson and former CFO Lee Wyatt left Global Knowledge earlier this year. Dave Marini, former chief operating officer, and Rich Thompson, who was chief marketing officer, also have departed the company.

Global Knowledge moved to Cary from Waltham, MA, in 1998, following its acquisition of American Research Group Inc.

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