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Globalization and Localization Association Announces 2012 Board Officers

Fenstermacher re-elected as chairman

Thursday, 12 January, 2012

Fenstermacher re-elected as chairman

Seattle, WA USA (12 January 2012) – The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) announced today the association’s board officers for 2012. The officer positions were elected from among seven board members.  


Hans Fenstermacher, Vice President of TransPerfect / Translations.com, who was just re-elected to a second consecutive term on the board, will continue as Chairperson. In 2002, Fenstermacher co-founded GALA and was the first board chair. The 30-year language and localization veteran will continue to take a hands-on, active role as this year’s chairperson.  


Gary Muddyman of Conversis was appointed Vice Chair. Muddyman is a new member of the GALA board and a long-time supporter of the association and its programs.

"In 2012 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of GALA's founding. What a ride it has been! I have been enriched professionally and personally as a member and leader of the association, and I am grateful and excited as we look toward 2012 and beyond."

In addition to the positions of Chair and Vice Chair, board members have been assigned to advisory roles as follows:

Finances advisor: Kim Harris (text & form)

Membership advisor: Xavi Maza (iDISC Information Technologies)

Standards advisor: Serge Gladkoff (Logrus International)

European Commission liaison: Kim Harris (text & form)

Marketing/PR advisor: Gary Muddyman (Conversis)

Events and programming advisors: Shelly Priebe (Priebe & Associates), and Fabiano Cid (Ccaps).

All initiatives developed by the association, including the GALA Standards Initiative, the educational webinar series and the GALA Language of Business conference series, are crafted for the benefit of the localization and translation industry. "We are constantly evaluating and measuring our programs to make sure they are relevant to the issues our members face every day,” Fenstermacher added.

Currently GALA is preparing for the GALA 2012: Language of Business. Business of Language conference to be held 26 – 28 March in Monaco.  Information and registration for the event can be found at www.gala-global.org/conference.  This year the association is also introducing a new Premier Webinar Series, expanding its local networking events and enhancing the GALA Marketplace with numerous discounts for members.

For more information on GALA and the 2012 GALA Board, please visit www.gala-global.org.


About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association is the largest global non-profit association within the language industry, providing resources, education and research for companies working with translation services, language technology and content localization.  GALA member companies are vendors and buyers of language services and technologies.  They deploy sophisticated multilingual strategies and proven tools to take content and products to markets around the world.  For more information, visit www.gala-global.org