Meet the Program Committee

GALA 2012 Program Committee

GALA would like to thank the following individuals for their tireless efforts in developing a fresh and engaging program for GALA 2012. As volunteers, the program committee members devote time and energy working together to create a program line-up that is current, relevant and useful to the broad and diverse global content delivery industry. The committee is comprised of individuals representing various sectors of the industry and is chaired by Robert Etches.

Robert Etches

Robert Etches

   CEO, TextMinded Danmark

Robert Etches is founder and CEO of TextMinded Danmark (formerly EICOM), a Top 5 Danish-based LSP. More than 20 years of experience in the translation and localization industry has taught Robert the importance of making data available to all stakeholders. As such, "connecting know-how" is for him the key characteristic of tomorrow’s world. Robert has also been instrumental in forming TextMinded, a European Economic Interest Grouping (No. 49 in CSA’s 2011 Top 50 LSP list), and the Nordic CAT Group, a collection of ten leading Scandinavian LSPs who aim to share know-how in a move to best utilize resources and stay at the forefront of developments in the industry.

"Working on the Program Committee last year was really rewarding, so I was both flattered and pleased to be offered the chance to Chair the committee for the Monaco conference. I will certainly being doing all I can do make this a conference to remember!"

Wayne Bourland

Wayne Bourland

   Director, Global Localization Team, Dell

Wayne Bourland is recognized in both the content management and localization industries as an agent for change, driving innovation and process efficiencies across global organizations. After a decade-long career in the US Army, he joined Dell, starting as a rep in the call center and quickly moving to managing call centers, launching call centers globally, and then into content management and localization. He is currently responsible for translation of, support content, learning and development and marketing collateral for more than 80 organizations across Dell. With no background in linguistics, he approaches the industry with a different perspective, focusing on end value and customer acceptance versus traditional industry key performance indicators.

"I'm excited to be a member of the program committee this year. I attended for the first time in Lisbon and was really impressed with the conference. GALA has done a great job of differentiating themselves and I hope to help continue the trend of focusing on innovation and bringing the client perspective into the discussion."

Bob Donaldson

Bob Donaldson

   Principal, Carson Strategy Group

Bob Donaldson is a well-known speaker and as founder of Carson Strategy Group, he is a sought after strategic consultant in language technology tools and language service business models. Before founding Carson Strategy, he served as VP of Strategy for McElroy Translation and before that he worked with companies in many industries, helping them with strategic technology decisions and deployments. Among other smaller engagements, Donaldson is currently serving as Chief Technology Strategist for text & form. He has over 25 years of experience in creative technology application including executive management positions in a number of software companies. Combined with his educational background in Slavic Linguistics and experience as an army Russian linguist, this gives him a unique combination of technology and industry-insider perspectives.

"I have attended all three previous GALA conferences, and they have been very worthwhile. The content is always fresh and the atmosphere is friendly and collegial. The networking opportunities are often as valuable as the presentations, good as they are. The Lisbon conference set a high bar, and I am honored to be on the Program Committee for Monaco with the challenge of maintaing the track record of year-over-year improvement."

Joseph Gomes

Joseph Gomes

   Managing Director, Viva Translations

Joseph Gomes is the Managing Director of Viva Translations, a full service LSP that specializes in European and Brazilian Portuguese technical translations. He has lived and worked in Canada, Ecuador, France, Japan, Portugal and Thailand. Over the past 16 years he has held project, marketing and upper management positions in the IT and language industries.

"It is an honor to be involved in the Program Committee, especially given the relevance and importance of GALA in the language industry. I look forward to contributing, with the goal of maximizing exposure to other small to mid-size LSPs of the valuable GALA content and services that can make a significant contribution to their businesses."

Kim Harris

Kim Harris

   Managing Director, text & form

Kim co-founded text & form GmbH, a translation and localization solutions provider, in 1996. She has been actively involved in the language industry for several years, publishing articles and speaking on a variety of industry-related topics such as trends in the language industry, quality standards, and language and the internet. Kim serves as a board member for the Globalization and Localization Association. She has served on conference program committees for a number of industry events including Localization World Berlin, LISA Paris, Networking Days Paris and Lisbon, and GALA 2009 and 2010. A native of Toronto, Canada, Kim studied French and German at the University of Toronto.


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