2015 in People Moves: Who Went Where and Why

One of the aspects of the language services market that Slator keeps an eye on is important people moves.

In 2015, we covered 21 people moves discussing industry veterans moving from one provider to another, top management being reshuffled, and even CEOs stepping down.

Here is a brief rundown of the people moves that made waves in 2015:

Greg Brink of Merrill Brink International brings 28 years of language industry experience to the Director of Business Development position at TransPerfect.

Bob Nakahara, veteran of financial matters within the healthcare space, joins InDemand Interpreting as the new Chief Financial Officer, closely following the company’s appointment of a new CEO.

KantanMT seats marketing veteran Brian Baird on its Board of Directors to operate in an advisory role, providing “direction and guidance for strategic marketing and repositioning.”

Picking up on the growth in medical interpreting, Stratus Video Interpreting also announced a new Chief Financial Officer, Maureen Huber.

TransPerfect’s litigation support and e-discovery arm TransPerfect Legal Solutions named a new President for its Information Governance Division: Daniel Meyers, previously a Partner for Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, an international law firm where former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was also a Partner.

Language Scientific, meanwhile, promoted its VP of Sales and Marketing Sharon Blank as the new CEO.

Semantix picks up Carina Vibenius, former Category Manager from PostNord, to run Legal and Tendering. The move reflects the company aligning itself towards the growing trend of bigger and more professionalized procurement processes and the rise of shared services.

On October 31, 2015, SDL CEO Mark Lancaster stepped down — again. This is the second time Lancaster stepped down as SDL CEO, having already tried to let go of CEO-dom in 2010. As of December 2015, no one knows yet how SDL is going to fill the hole left by Lancaster.

Another hire from Semantix this 2015 is an HR Director from a global liquor giant: Angelika Kjelldorff, formerly HR Director at Pernod Ricard Sweden.

Welocalize managed to nab Microsoft’s Localization Director Derek McCann, appointing him their new VP/GM of Western US Sales and Operations.

In another people move from KantanMT this 2015, the company appoints a new Chief Commercial Officer. Marketing veteran Brian Coyle joined the KantanMT team in October.

Memsource gave us a small scoop as it hired for two new important positions to help with its push to expand into the enterprise space: Corporate Business Development in Europe and Enterprise Sales in the US.

VistaTec takes a LanguageLine and Lionbridge BD as its new Director of Sales US North & South West: Suzanne Marie Frank.

Plunet also managed to grow its ranks by adding three important staffers to the positions of localization, frontend software development, and computer-assisted translation (CAT) software development.

AppTek hired a new CEO fresh from a recent eBay deal that nearly saw the company being completely acquired. Media business development veteran Adam Sutherland took over as new CEO.

Meanwhile, Yappn reshuffled its top management, from the CEO to the Board of Directors.

Two years after acquiring inovia, a foreign filing provider, RWS hires LexisNexis VP Clint Gaffney as its new SVP of North American Sales to consolidate its North American sales force.

Welocalize lands another hire as Mark Shriner becomes the company’s General Manager Japan and VP Asia Pacific. Shriner’s appointment signals that Welocalize is serious about building a regional sales force in Asia.

In Japan, TOIN creates a new Chief Operating Officer role within its ranks and promotes its own 30-year company-lifer Atsuhisa Kataoka to the position.

In the EU, a new Director of Translation for the Directorate-General for Translation had been announced. The European Commission promoted former English language department head Klaus Meyer-Koeken to the position.

Finally, Xplanation creates a new sales role and appoints industry veteran Dave Ruane as its new Enterprise Business Development Manager.


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