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Globalization and Localization Association Announces 2008-09 Board Members


Thursday, 25 October, 2007

Association Increases Board from Five to Six Members

Seattle, Washington, USA -- The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) has announced the results of the 2008-09 GALA Board elections. The four new members, who were announced last week at the language services and technology association's annual meeting, will expand the board in size to six from the previous five members.

The newly elected board members are:
Matthias Caesar (Locatech, Germany)
María Gabriela Morales (Rosario Traducciones y Servicios, Argentina)
André Pellet (Welocalize, USA)
Peter Reynolds (Idiom Technologies, Inc., USA)

They join the two continuing board members, Kim Harris (text & form GmbH), and Arancha Caballero (TSG, Spain) who are currently in the middle of their terms on the board.

"The GALA board has shown great leadership in representing the needs of our 260+ member companies," said Laura Brandon, GALA Association Manager. "Now with the expansion to six board members, the board will be even better equipped to provide strategic direction for the association over the next two years and beyond."

Matthias Caesar will be serving his second term as a GALA board member; previously he was the board's secretary. In the past ten years he has worked as a tools and process trainer, project manager and, since 1999, Managing Director of Locatech GmbH in Germany.

María Gabriela Morales will be GALA's first board member from South America. She is the founder of Rosario Traducciones y Servicios, a translation and localization company based in Rosario, Argentina, specializing in Latin American languages (Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese).

André Pellet joined Welocalize in 2006 through the merger of M2 Enterprises where he was President of the family-owned, 28-year-old firm. As part of one of the oldest LSP companies, he has worked in the industry for over 20 years.

Peter Reynolds is Director of the LSP Advantage Program at Idiom, a partner program which makes the Idiom WorldServer globalization management system available to providers of localization and translation services.

The end of this year will also mark the completion of two-year board terms served by Stephen Ryan of Moravia Worldwide (Czech Republic), who was Board Chairman in his final year, and Christine Bernier of Lionbridge Technologies (USA), who served as Board Treasurer. Their tenures will be remembered for the relentless pursuit of organizational and strategic development of GALA. They oversaw the development of long-term planning goals, association messaging and, most recently, the comprehensive 2010 Plan, designed to guide association activities and growth for the next three years.

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

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