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Appointment of CEO at Language Technologies Division of SDL

SDL plc

Tuesday, 5 January, 2010

SDL strengthens its Language Technologies division at SDL by appointing new CEO Alan Sloan


Maidenhead, UK, 05 January 2010 - SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions is pleased to announce that Alan Sloan has joined SDL to become CEO of its Language Technologies division, a new position created in response to the significant growth of SDL's language technology solutions. Alan Sloan reports into Mark Lancaster, CEO and Chairman of the SDL Group.


As SDL's research, development and support investments have increased over the past five years, it considers a dedicated CEO of the Language Technologies business unit will provide additional focus to the Language Technologies community going forward. This will provide dedicated and independent management to one of SDL’s key divisions of the business.


The overriding objectives for appointing a CEO to SDL Language Technologies are as follows:

  • SDL has multiple product solutions and thorough domain expertise in professional services, providing 41 out of the top 50 global brands with extensive and integrated solutions. SDL plans to increase its consulting in this area, creating sophisticated translation management solutions across the supply chain from desktop to enterprise
  • SDL’s Language Technologies division now has a considerable install base with over 170,000 desktop products in the market and
  • Continued investment in Research and Development, allowing SDL to deliver innovative industrial strength solutions.
  • Complete alignment of all functions supporting SDL’s position as the de facto standard and benchmark for the Language Technologies solutions in the industry.


“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Sloan,” commented Mark Lancaster. “Alan’s experience and knowledge brings significant value to SDL and in particular the Language Technologies division. This important division of SDL has grown substantially in the past few years and this extra focus will provide additional benefits to our customers”.  


Alan Sloan was a board level executive at Macro 4 plc, where he successfully ran a £30m P&L  as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his time at Macro 4, Alan was head of business development in EMEA for Sequent Systems and also held the role of head of professional services in his time at Sequent. Alan started off his business career at ICL as a systems engineer after gaining a BSc in Applied Physics. Throughout his career, Alan has created operational efficiencies and has a proven track record of commercial achievement


About SDL

SDL is the leader in Global Information Management (GIM) solutions that empower organizations to accelerate the delivery of high-quality multilingual content to global markets. Its enterprise software and services integrate with existing business systems to manage the delivery of global information from authoring to publication and throughout the distributed translation supply chain.


Global industry leaders rely on SDL to provide enterprise software or hosted services for their GIM processes, including ABN-Amro, Best Western, Bosch, Canon, Chrysler, CNH, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Philips, SAP, Sony, Sun Microsystems and Virgin Atlantic.


SDL has implemented more than 500 enterprise GIM solutions, has deployed over 170,000 software licenses across the GIM ecosystem and provides access to on-demand translation portals for 10 million customers per month. Over 1,000 service professionals deliver consulting, implementation and language services through its global infrastructure of more than 50 offices in 32 countries. For more information, visit www.sdl.com


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For more information please contact:


Amy Hall (SDL)


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Betsy Fallon (SDL Americas)

+1 508 415 1741

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Richard Delanty (SDL Asia Pacific )

+81 90 6695 5313

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