Our Team

Management Team

Kelly Fairbairn, President

Kelly began her career as an Instructional Designer with a northeastern utility. While piloting projects, she evaluated programs and conducted training sessions as part of the utility’s university for professional employees and supervisors. Kelly evaluated and designed learning on management development topics such as team skills, communication skills, listening skills, conflict management, selection interviewing, and termination management. Later, she became Instructional Design Manager, managing a team of technical and professional development trainers and instructional designers who created total learning solutions for leadership, professional development and technical employees. Kelly has also served as a Director of Human Resources for two global organizations.

To-date, Kelly has designed over sixty full-scale leadership and professional development training programs as part of curriculums for companies such as BMW Manufacturing Co., First Data Corporation, GE, and Puma, Randstad, The Timberland Company and Wolters Kluwer to name a few. (Four of these programs are parts of a client’s Corporate University Best in Class Award, another helped a client achieve a ranking on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” List.)

Kelly’s experience is not limited to the design of training and development. She has also created dozens of performance management processes for companies worldwide. These designs were based on her real-world experience as a Human Resource Director best practices in human resource development. Kelly has designed processes such as recruiting plans, leadership development curricula, performance planning systems, appraisal/review systems, and new employee orientation sessions.

Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in public communication from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in employee counseling and relations from Binghamton University.

In her role, Kelly is responsible for business development, instructional design and intellectual property management, assessment center management, technology learning solutions, global program administration and financial management.

Alex Grimshaw, Managing Director

A specialist in leadership and executive development and a consultant in performance improvement, Alex develops and facilitates more than 100 programs a year that consistently exceed client objectives. He has also helped individuals assess and develop their organizational effectiveness through executive coaching and development.

Alex has been an HR consultant since 1987. His previous experience was with Carrier Corp. as a sales trainer, marketing manager, and internal consultant. He continues his work with Carrier distribution network developing and training managers in the area of performance improvement. Alex has presented a wide variety of programs in interpersonal communications, sales, presentation skills, leadership and team building. In addition to training, Alex has worked with as variety of clients in the area of performance improvement and developing performance management systems. Alex is a frequent speaker at international conferences on the topics of leadership trends.

Alex has partnered with Burberry, Credit Suisse, GE Capital, Hitachi, Johnson & Johnson, New York State Electric and Gas, Novartis, Sharp Electronics, Wolters Kluwer and many other firms in the banking, fashion, insurance, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and financial industries.

In his role, Alex is responsible for business development, trainer development, and global delivery quality.

Operations Team

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Kayla Burns, Project Manager

Kayla Burns joined PPS International Ltd. in the spring of 2013. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Genetics from Clemson University, with a minor in psychology. Coming from a non-corporate background, Kayla brought a unique perspective to her role. Her responsibilities include training logistics, client communications, and trainer coordination. She also assists with the coordination of DiSC, MBTI and other assessments. Kayla provides support for special projects in various roles.


Janet Langley, VP Operations

Janet Langley joined PPS International Ltd. in 2000. With more than 25 years of corporate experience in administration, she is responsible for Materials Management and our Assessment Center including 360-degree assessments, Interaction Style surveys, Harrison Assessments, Hogan Assessments, MBTI and others. Janet coordinates the production management of all program materials as well as providing design support and coordination of materials for translation. She provides client support around training logistics, project management and client services and is also responsible for vendor management.