Rosetta Stone CEO named national Entrepreneur of the Year

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Tom Adams, the president and CEO of software-learning company Rosetta Stone, has been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year’s overall national winner.

In addition, Adams was the national winner in the Retail and Consumer Products category.

“Tom Adams’ efforts at Rosetta Stone have helped change the way the world learns languages, a critical skill in today’s global economy,” James S. Turley, chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, said in a statement.  “For 23 years, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards have recognized the entrepreneurial passion that defines great leaders, and we are proud to add Tom Adams’ name to this distinguished list of business leaders.”

The contest recognizes the business innovation, financial success and personal commitment of entrepreneurs. A panel selected national winners in 10 categories from about 400 regional winners.

Rosetta Stone produces software in 31 languages using audio and visual techniques. Adams, who was born in Sweden and educated in the United Kingdom, became CEO of Fairfield Language Technologies in 2003. He helped reshape the company’s business model, sales force and research development team. He moved the company’s headquarters to Arlington and renamed it Rosetta Stone. The company went public in April.

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