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Craigslist Founder to Keynote at GALA 2009

Wednesday, 6 May, 2009

Craig Newmark will share the secrets of internet marketing, commerce and customer service at GALA 2009: The Language of Business. The Business of Language

Seattle, Washington, USA (28 April 2009) - The first-ever Globalization and Localization Association conference, "GALA 2009: The language of business. The business of language." will feature the "the wizard of local," Craig Newmark, as the keynote speaker.  Newmark is the founder and chairman of Craigslist, which is one of the top ten Internet companies in the world.  He will speak at this translation and localization event about the future of online community and commerce, as one of its most successful innovators and practitioners.

GALA 2009 will be held 14 - 16 September 2009 at the J.W. Marriott in Cancun, Mexico and will provide GALA members and industry professionals with language technology education, training and networking opportunities unparalleled in the localization and translation industry.

Craigslist is the world's largest centralized network for worldwide urban and regional communities featuring classified advertisements with discussion boards.  Its success is built on Newmark's pledge to serve the needs of users.  Newmark believes the secret to Craigslist's success is listening hard, following through and doing what people need the site to do.  In fact, he still works as a customer service representative for the company, making sure that the users of the site are always put first.

Newmark started Craigslist in his bedroom as a simple email exchange service, and now the site attracts 10+billion page views per month and 35 million visitors from more than 550 cities and 55 countries per month.  In 2008, Newmark was named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by BusinessWeek magazine.

GALA 2009 attendees will hear Newmark's secrets for effective internet marketing and customer service.  "We are committed to creating a great meeting with many educational opportunities for localization and translation professionals," said Jim Hollan, executive director of GALA.  "Craig Newmark will offer invaluable insight that will help participants think out of the box in their own marketing and customer service activities. At the very least I am interested in the experiences and opinions of someone who has actually done it. I think we all can learn a lot from the Craigslist experience."

For more information and to register for "GALA 2009: The Language of Business. The Business of Language.", please visit www.language-of-business.org or www.gala-global.org/conference.

About GALA
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
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