BLEND Enters Voice Services, Keywords CEO Retires, Propio Gets Growth Equity

SlatorPod - US Healthcare Interpreting, CEO change, audio localization acquisition

In this week’s SlatorPod, Florian and Esther discuss the language industry news of the week, with BLEND’s acquisition of GM Voices, a voice and audio localization provider known for producing the original Siri for Apple. BLEND CEO, Yair Tal, revealed that the deal was the result of “a methodological search process” that took 18 months and involved interviews with over a dozen companies.

Following RWS’ appointment of a new CEO, Keywords Studios announced the retirement of CEO Andrew Day, with Jon Hauck (CFO) and Sonia Sedler (COO) stepping up as interim CEOs while Keywords searches for its new leader. The duo discuss Keywords’ latest financial results, which saw total revenues for the first four months of 2021 climb 36%.

In healthcare interpreting news, Esther talks about Propio Language Services’ growth equity investment from Triple Tree Capital Partners (TTCP) — which sees TTCP expand its portfolio into language services for the first time.

Meanwhile, Florian discusses the completion of video remote interpreting (VRI) provider Cloudbreak Health’s SPAC transaction following its merger with digital healthcare provider UpHealth. The combined company now trades as UpHealth Inc.on the New York Stock Exchange having bypassed a complex IPO through SPACing.

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