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GALA Announces New 2006-2007 Board Members

Tuesday, 8 November, 2005

Seattle, USA -- GALA, the Globalization and Localization Association, recently announced the results of the 2006-2007 GALA Board elections. This year GALA brings in three new board members to add to the rank of this flourishing organization.

The GALA Board, which includes leaders from the Globalization and Localization industries from across the globe, is adding Christiane Bernier (most recently of Merrill Brink, USA), Matthias Caesar (Locatech, Germany) and Stephen Ryan (Moravia, Czech Republic). The new members were elected by the general membership through an electronic ballot.

"Our new board members will work to grow the association from the solid roots established by the founding board members. With 170 companies now a part of GALA, we are moving forward with a clear vision and a lot of momentum," said Laura Brandon, the administrator for GALA.

Bernier has been in the localization industry for over 12 years, most recently in a Sales and Account Management capacity. For the better part of her career she has held various Operations Management roles at Lionbridge and previously at International Communications, DLC and Prisma International, as well as project management and French language lead roles at Creo International.

Caesar studied Mathematics and Computer Science at University Dortmund and University College Dublin and joined the localization industry in 1994. In those ten years he has been acting as a tools and process trainer, project manager and, since 1999, Managing Director of Locatech GmbH in Germany.

Ryan, Marketing Director for Moravia Worldwide, has worked in the translation and localization industry since 1995 and has held positions in project management, sales and marketing, and operations management with International Translation and Publishing (ITP) Ltd., ALPNET Inc. and SDL International. He has an engineering degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from University College Dublin.

"As a GALA board member, I will seek to further develop the visibility of GALA within our industry, including and especially the client-side, building on the good work of past GALA Boards," Ryan recently stated.

The newly-elected board members will succeed GALA's three founding board members, Hans Fenstermacher from ArchiText Inc. (USA), Renée Sztabelski (Israel) and Daniel Carter (Netherlands), who have devoted time, leadership and vision to the Association since 2002.

"As founders, we are proud of the association's accomplishments in a few short years. We look forward to progressive, innovative ideas from the incoming Board members who, I am confident, will lead GALA onward to even greater successes," says Fenstermacher.

Board members Aki Ito from Prisma International (USA) and Arancha Caballero from TSG (Spain) will continue to serve through the end of 2006. The current Board and incoming board members have already begun working on the transition, which will officially take place on January 1, 2006.

About GALA
GALA is an international non-profit association that promotes translation services, language technology and language management solutions. The 165+ member companies worldwide include translation agencies, localization service providers, globalization consultants, and technology developers. GALA companies share a commitment to quality, service, and innovation in helping clients reach global markets. www.gala-global.org