2020-2021 Board Candidate: Mladen Stojak
Chief Strategy Officer
Since 2003, I have been a co-founder and executive of Ciklopea, a home-based startup that has grown to become one of the leading LSPs in the Southern Europe – and growing.
This position enabled me to apply my organizational skills and rich customer service management experience on development of translation and localization solutions. Having been in charge of the business operations, I have been in position to develop an innovative language solutions company that addresses the translation/localization requirements of the modern industries, including life sciences, IT and software and technology and manufacturing.
It was always clear to me that the key to superb industry-focused language service is in the process which is the nexus of linguistic knowledge, technology and subject-matter expertise and this is what I ultimately achieved to develop in Ciklopea.
Since 2003, I have been a co-founder and executive of a home-based startup that has grown to become one of the leading LSPs in the Southern Europe – and growing. I have successfully managed the company for 16 years through all development phases, technological, organizational, legal and market changes.
I believe that my track record and rich real-life experiences qualify me as the person who is able to grasp the challenges, issues and priorities of the GALA members from the aspect of an LSP that has always been able to meet the challenges and move its business forward.
Today, the staggering pace of technological developments and the changes in the business dynamics make decision-making processes more difficult than ever before. We need to keep our businesses afloat in an increasingly competitive business environment, with technology becoming one of our key competitors through increasing application of AI in the language solutions.
I believe that this challenge can be met only through use of real-life experiences from the industry, careful identification of the business aspects that are not likely to change and forecasting of the future technological and business trends and application of the generated information on business strategies. No theory can really prepare us for the future.
In this respect, I believe that GALA is an ideal knowledge hub that can synthesize and bring the very essence of accumulated industrial experiences from different economies to its members and thus help them run and transform their businesses successfully.
In short, my intention is to bring to the table just that – actual business experience from the language industry and thus act as a genuine supporter of GALA members to make their membership as beneficial as possible through application of accumulated knowledge acquired through close to two decades of successful business operations, years of GALA membership, attendance of many events and use of content and contacts offered through GALA channels.