The American Society for Training & Development announces that Charles Fred, founder and CEO of The Breakaway Group, is joining the Society’s Board of Directors for a three-year term, 2012-2014. In his role as CEO of The Breakaway Group, Mr. Fred has led the organization in significant growth from its initial startup to a leading position in healthcare IT adoption services. He has a proven track record of success in both education and enterprise software companies, and served as the CEO of Omega Performance and Avaltus before those companies were acquired. Mr. Fred is the author of the best-selling book Breakaway, which is used today in many leading universities’ curricula to reinforce innovative methods for instructional technology and simulation. The eight-year research effort that resulted in the publication of the book also provides the foundation for The Breakaway Method used in service to healthcare organizations worldwide. Featured at the Smithsonian Institute and the International E Learning Expo in Paris, Mr. Fred is one of the healthcare and corporate education industry’s most renowned keynote speakers. Mr. Fred holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering and technology from Montana State University, and completed the Aerospace Industry Manufacturing Program from the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Business.