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Seattle, Washington, USA - Members of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) have chosen new board members for the 2010-11 GALA Board. The four new members, who were elected from a pool of nominated professionals, are veterans of the language services industry; three of them are also former GALA Board chairs.
The four new board members join the three continuing board members: Serge Gladkoff (Logrus International), Robinson Kelly (Clay Tablet Technologies), and Dimitri Stoquart (Stoquart SA) who are currently in the middle of their terms on the board. The current board chair, Michael Sank (TransPerfect/Translations.com), as well as board secretary, María Gabriela Morales (RosarioTraducciones y Servicios) will be finishing their two-year terms at the end of 2009 along with longstanding board member Matthias Caesar (Locatech, a Jonckers Company) who is completing four years of service on the board.
"We were fortunate to have such a strong pool of leaders from which to elect our new board members," said Sank. "It is especially exciting to welcome such long-time supporters of GALA who have always been hardworking volunteers for the association. This is the ideal board to help GALA as it expands geographically and increases services to members."
The new board will preside over new member services for the GALA membership. In 2009, GALA held its first conference for the language services and technology industry, entitled, "GALA 2009: The language of business. The business of language." Reviews of the conference were overwhelmingly positive, with many attendees impressed with the high level of content at the conference. This year GALA also expanded its educational webinar program for members and their customers, and increased an industry awareness program in Europe. It was also the first full year for GALA's first appointed executive director, James F. Hollan III.
"GALA is in a great place right now in the industry," said Hollan. "We are coming off our first conference, which was a solid success, and making major plans for 2010 that will provide education and resources for our members. It is exciting that our new board is made up of industry veterans who really care about the association."
Hans Fenstermacher, Kim Harris and Aki Ito were previously board chairs for GALA. Arturo Quintero is a long-time supporter; his colleague, Stephen Ryan was also a board chair in 2007.
About the New Directors
Aki Ito. Director of International Operations, TOIN Corporation
A native of Japan, Aki Ito has been involved in the localization industry since 1996 in many different aspects of localization activities such as sales management, operations management, project management, Japanese language management and consulting, and translation memory tool management. He served on the GALA Board of Directors for two years (and as chairman of the board for GALA in 2006). He is currently on the editorial board for the MultiLingual Computing magazine.
Hans Fenstermacher. Vice President, TransPerfect / Translations.com
In 2002, Hans was a founder of GALA and served as its first Chairman. Since then, Hans has remained active in the Association, serving on the Executive Director search committee and the GALA Cancun 2009 program committee (along with Kim Harris and Aki Ito). Currently, Hans is chair of the GALA Advisory Council.
Hans has been in the language industry for nearly 30 years, as a translator, interpreter, technical writer, project manager, owner/entrepreneur, and corporate executive. In 1994, Hans founded a localization company, ArchiText, which was acquired by Translations.com in 2006.
Kim Harris. Managing Director, text & form GmbH
A native of Toronto, Canada, Kim studied French and German at the University of Toronto and moved to Berlin, Germany in 1986 to complete her language studies. She founded text & form GmbH in March 1996 with three other partners.
Kim served on the GALA Board of Directors in 2007/2008 and was chairperson for the last year of that term. She was a member of the GALA 2009 program committee that created the content for GALA's first independent conference, "GALA 2009: The language of business. The business of language," held in Cancún, Mexico a few weeks ago, and worked actively with the association to create value for the event.
Arturo Quintero. Chief Corporate Strategist, Moravia Worldwide
Arturo Quintero is Moravia's Corporate Strategy Director and is a co-owner of the company. He is responsible for the development of Moravia's global strategies. Arturo is based at Moravia's headquarters in the Czech Republic and spends extensive periods of time in other Moravia locations. He has been with Moravia since 1992, and together with co-owner Katerina Janku, has been the entrepreneurial driving force behind the company's growth.
Arturo has been an active member of the industry for many years, is a frequent speaker and writer, and has had direct involvement in many industry initiatives and events.
GALA is an international non-profit association that promotes translation services, language technology and language management solutions. The member companies worldwide include translation companies, localization service providers, globalization consultants, internationalization specialists and technology developers. GALA companies share a commitment to quality, service, and innovation in helping clients reach global markets. For more information about GALA visit www.gala-global.org
Contacts: Rebecca Petras