Globalization and Localization Association Announces 2010 Board Officers: Board Consists of GALA Founder and Industry Leaders
Seattle, Washington, USA (18 January 2010) – The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) has announced the 2010 GALA board officers. The officer positions were elected from among seven board members, four of whom are newly elected to two-year terms.
Hans Fenstermacher, Vice President of TransPerfect / Translations.com, will serve as Chairperson. In 2002, Fenstermacher founded GALA and was the first board chair. The 30-year language and localization veteran has remained closely associated with GALA over the years and will take a hands-on, active role as the chairperson.
Robinson Kelly of Clay Tablet Technologies will continue as the Vice Chair in his second year on the board.
“It is an enormous honor to be voted back onto the board of GALA by the membership and to have the chance to serve with such an energetic group of industry leaders,” said Fenstermacher. In addition to Fenstermacher and Kelly, the board includes two previous chairpersons, Kim Harris of text & form, and Aki Ito of TOIN, as well as Serge Gladkoff of Logrus International and Dimitri Stoquart of Stoquart SA, who are completing their second years on the board, and Arturo Quintero, co-owner of Moravia Worldwide.
“Members of the GALA board use their in-depth knowledge of the industry’s opportunities and challenges to make GALA more valuable to its members,” said Fenstermacher. All initiatives developed by the association, including the educational webinar series and the GALA Language of Business conference series, are crafted by the GALA board for the benefit of the localization and translation industry. “We are working hard to ensure that our resources and our events are relevant to the issues our members face every day,” Fenstermacher added.
Currently the board is working with GALA staff on the GALA 2010: Language of Business. Business of Language conference to be held 10 – 12 May in Prague. Three board members, Harris, Ito and Quintero, have paired up with two buyer-side leaders, Jean-Luc Mazet of Hewlett Packard and Eva Klaudinyova of VMWare, Inc. to create a provocative and timely program for the event. Initial information on the event can be found at www.gala-global.org/conference; program details will be added in the coming weeks.
Other initiatives include a continuation of GALA’s quarterly member pulse surveys, which provide members with important data on benchmarking their company alongside peer companies. In the coming year, GALA will also further develop its industry promotion initiative and continue to reach out to the industry and community for collaborative initiatives.
For more information on GALA and the 2010 GALA Board, please visit www.gala-global.org.
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