E.g., 10/21/2020
E.g., 10/21/2020

GALA Board of Directors

The GALA Board of Directors is composed of volunteer members who are elected by the GALA membership to serve for two-year terms. All board members work as unpaid members for the benefit of the industry as a whole. 

   

Pedro Gomez (Chairperson)
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, USA

Pedro has held multiple roles in the language industry, both with buyers and sellers of globalization and localization services. He has been a translator, localizer, project manager, salesperson, and program manager. Pedro was part of the first wave of multilingual project management and supplier consolidation with Bowne Global Solutions and Lionbridge. At Microsoft, he has led different localization and feature teams within Office and Windows. He has an extensive background in cross-cultural communication, program and project management, and international business. He holds a BA in languages, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Marie Flacassier (Vice Chairperson)
CEO at Beatbabel, USA

Marie Flacassier is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of BeatBabel, a San Diego-based localization company with partner offices in France, Germany and Spain. Before getting an MBA in International Business and focusing exclusively on localization management, Marie worked as a translator and project manager. Her diverse cultural background, education, and 18 years of industry experience help her daily in finding creative solutions to international business challenges.

Patrick Nunes (Secretary)
Director, Global Communications & Design at Rotary International, USA

As somebody who has been actively involved in localization for over 20 years, Patrick am passionate about the strength of our industry and also the constant need for us to keep evolving how we position ourselves and how we do things.

From owning an LSP back in Brazil, to leading localization and interpretation programs, and many strategic global content and brand positioning initiatives, he believes the best results are accomplished when we can truly engage, inspire and activate those around us

Kåre Lindahl (Treasurer)
CEO of Venga Global, USA

Raised in Sweden, Kåre lived in the UK for 10 years before relocating to the US to join the IT boom in Silicon Valley. With over 20 years experience in high-tech gained by serving in executive roles within companies such as Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Hogia, Kåre is now CEO of Venga Global, a specialized full-service translation and localization company working with some of the biggest names in technology brands. Follow Kåre @karelindahl.  

María Jesús de Arriba Díaz (Program Committee Liaison)
Director, Strategic Accounts at Vistatec, Ireland

As a globalization expert with 20+ years of localization experience, María have been fortunate to hold multiple positions supporting the international growth of numerous global companies of all sizes and industries.

María's localization journey started as a translator and interpreter, then heading up translation teams and championing quality; evolved into project management leading exceptional teams, and had the opportunity to work closely with outstanding talent in our industry as vendor manager. From there she quickly progressed to leading strategic operations and customer relationships as Language Services Manager, and Chief Operations Officer. She is currently Director of Strategic Accounts at Vistatec in Dublin.

Alessandra Binazzi (Marketing)
Localization Management Consultant at Alessandra Binazzi Consulting, USA

Alessandra Binazzi is a multi-lingual professional with a surprisingly varied experience and one common thread: International markets and customers. Proficient in all major European languages, Alessandra has dedicated her professional life to marketing, selling, supporting and educating customers in all continents. University educated in Boston, MA, she was exposed to global technology companies from the beginning of her career, with particular focus on localization and multilingual digital content.

Alessandra received a BS in International Business from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. She has lived and worked in 10 different countries.

Balázs Kis (TAPICC Liaison)
Co-founder & Chairman of the Board at memoQ Translation Technologies, Hungary

Balázs Kis is chairman of the board of directors at memoQ. He is also one of the founders of the company. Balázs has decades of experince in IT, translation, and natural language processing. He has a degree in IT engineering and a PhD in applied linguistics. At the start of his career, he was a Microsoft systems engineer and trainer and one of the prominent Hungarian IT authors with over 20 titles published. He was also the head of research and development at MorphoLogic, a Hungarian company specializing in language technology research. He taught translation technology at the ELTE University of Budapest. He has massive experience in collaborative translation and project management.

Balázs is passionate about educating both the professionals and the general public on translation, localization, and the technologies related to them.

 

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