Eric Altman

エリック アルトマン


Highly organized, enthusiastic education professional with over 20 years experience in Japan. Possessing an in-depth knowledge of inter-cultural, business, organizational and communication behaviors.

Work Experience

Owner  •  Alterra Education Solutions  •  Kobe 

2020- present

Alterra is a recently established sole-proprietor business which offers language and business communication training as well as management and consulting services to education industry clients.  

Global Human Resources Director  •  GG Co. Ltd.  •  Osaka, Cebu


Managed projects, programs and personnel working for GG Group educational institutions in Osaka (EigoJuku/Entore/Corporate Services Division) and the Philippines (Idea Academia/ Idea Cebu/ Top ESL Online).

  • Established the first Cambridge CELTA center in the Philippines and have the role of Centre Exam Manager for Cambridge Assessment English.

  • Led multiple ELT curriculum development projects to create over 25 original textbooks for both online and offline lessons including content for juniors (K-12), general English, business/ESP courses, and exam preparation.

  • Created TOP-Score, a customized assessment for English speaking proficiency.

  • Hired and managed English instructors for corporate and educational organizations including major multinational corporations, Universities and High Schools.

  • Participated in marketing of our Cebu-based schools at industry events in the UK, Russia, Czechia and Germany.

Human Resources Manager & Trainer  •  Berlitz Japan / Phoenix Associates  •  Osaka


Responsible for all aspects of human resource management for one of Japan’s leading providers of training programs for leadership, communication and personal development. Trusted as the key trainer and advisor for many major multi-national companies including top 3 companies in the Pharmaceutical, Electronics, Advertising and Food & Beverage industries.

  • Managed one direct report and supervised up to 40 contract trainers and external vendors. Responsible for all employee issues including recruitment, training, labor law compliance, discipline and termination.

  • Delivered over 10,000 hours of program content in courses ranging from 1 hour to 5 consecutive days to more than 1000 client personnel, from new employees to senior management.

  • Led change management initiatives through M&A by Berlitz/Benesse including organization-wide salary-reduction programs, achieving over 10% HR cost saving while increasing performance results.

  • Upgraded hiring, training and performance assessment programs through creation of corporate HR and governance policies.


Marketing Manager of Essential Noise Records  •  Virgin Music Canada  •  Vancouver


Reporting to the VP Marketing & Sales and the President, responsible for marketing and promotional efforts of an independent record company licensed to Virgin Music Canada (EMI). 


Musician/Artist Management  •  Ottawa


Member of professional rock band Jimmy George that toured through Canada, US and UK to support two commercially released CDs (Cargo/MCA Records). Responsible for record label contract negotiations and liaising with management and concert booking agencies.


Honours Degree- Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Ottawa, 1996

Major: Communication, Studio Arts (with artist apprenticeship at Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego: 1992)

Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DELTA) Module 3 

Extended Assignment on Language Development for Teachers

Cambridge Assessment English