San Francisco 2019

September 12

TransPerfect CEO Phil Shawe at SlatorCon San Francisco 2019

Phil Shawe

President & CEO

Phil co-founded TransPerfect in 1992. Today TransPerfect is a global family of companies and the world’s largest privately held provider of language and business services.  Shawe oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, headquartered in New York City.

Under Shawe’s leadership, TransPerfect has received numerous awards and distinctions. The company is a three-time honoree of the Inc. 5000 Award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and has earned multiple Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. In 2008, Shaw was named to the prestigious “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s New York Business.

Prior to his career in the language services industry, Shawe was a Financial Analyst at Chemical Bank and a Global Custody Consultant at Merrill Lynch.  Shawe holds a MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and he received his BS from the University of Florida where he triple majored in Finance, Marketing, and Risk Management.

Claire Tsai, Head of Globalization, Cloudflare, at SlatorCon San Francisco 2019

Claire Tsai

Head of Globalization

Claire Tsai is currently leading globalization at Cloudflare with data, experiments, and innovation. Her team is responsible for defining and scaling the strategy, infrastructure, and operations to deliver a seamlessly globalized experience across products, channels, and lifecycle. 

Claire has specialized in international marketing strategy, product management, and digital analytics for the past decade in her previous roles at VMware, Intuit, and Ubisoft.

She holds an MA in Localization Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and has completed Marketing Executive Education programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jack Welde Smartling

Jack Welde


Jack is a technology early-adopter, serial entrepreneur, software patent-holder, product evangelist, and combat-decorated Air Force pilot. Before founding Smartling, he served as SVP of Product at eMusic and COO/CTO at SheSpeaks and RunTime Technologies. He also co-founded Trio Development, a software company that created the first personal information manager, which was acquired by Apple in 1993. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also studied linguistics and interned with Professor William Labov, and an MBA from Cameron University in Germany.

Jack was named one of Fast Company’s “Who’s Next” in 2011, and was named a 2013 NYC Venture Mentor by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Chip Huyen of NVIDIA at SlatorCon San Francisco 2019

Chip Huyen

Senior Deep Learning Engineer

Chip is working on productizing AI research at NVIDIA, focusing on building systems that can intelligently understand, process, and generate human language material. She graduated from Stanford University, where she created and taught the course TensorFlow for Deep Learning Research. She’s a key contributor to the toolkits OpenSeq2seq, lazynip, and SOTAWhat.

Chip is also the author of four best-selling Vietnamese books.  Her writings have been published in leading newspapers in the USA, France, and Vietnam.

Previously, Chip was with Netflix, Primer, (acquired by VNG).  She helped launch Coc Coc, Vietnam’s second most popular web browser with 20+ million monthly active users.

Mark Brayan of Appen

Mark Brayan


Mark joined Appen in July 2015 as CEO and is responsible for the company’s leadership, strategy and culture. Mark has over twenty-five years’ experience in technology and services.

Prior to joining Appen, Mark was CEO of MST Global, a provider of technology solutions to the resources sector.  Before that he was CEO of Integrated Research Limited (ASX:IR), an international software company listed on the Australian Stock exchange. Mark was also the COO of Concept Systems (ASX:CSI) before its merger with Talent2. 

Mark has a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Surveying with 1st Class Honors from the University of NSW.

Meredith Stegall, Director of Language Services, Parkland Hospital at SlatorCon San Francisco 2019

Meredith Stegall

Director of Language Services

As Director of Language Services, Meredith leads the organization to ensure qualified language support services are provided to all limited English proficiency, deaf and hard of hearing patients while supporting the financial and operational needs of the safety net hospital system. Since taking on the role, Meredith has optimized the service through predictive and responsive analytics, maximized technology utilization, and implemented best in class interpreter training. During her tenure, the organization has grown from providing 330,000 medical interpretations per year to over 1.2M per year, making Parkland’s service one of the largest in the country.

Prior to Parkland, Meredith spent 10 years at General Electric growing through Analytics, Lean Six Sigma, strategy and operational leadership roles. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Health Leadership and Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Charles Stubbs


Charles Stubbs joined MSouth as a partner in 2015. Since he joined the firm, Mr. Stubbs has led numerous acquisitions and been an integral team member for countless more. He is also on the board of directors of BIG Language Solutions, Southern HVAC, TRP Construction Group, Insite Street Media, gotcha, and Mixmode.

Prior to joining MSouth, Mr. Stubbs was most recently CEO of Rentpath for seven years, the leading digital rental search marketplace. Mr. Stubbs was responsible for leading one of the largest print to digital migrations in the media space. In addition, he was successful in working with three different private equity owners during his tenure at the company.

Prior to Rentpath, Mr. Stubbs served as CEO of, a digital joint venture between SBC and BellSouth. Prior to that, Mr. Stubbs was President of BellSouth Intelliventures. Mr. Stubbs holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Tomasz Tunguz is Partner and Managing Director at VC firm Redpoint Ventures at SlatorCon San Francisco 2019

Tomasz Tunguz

Partner and Managing Director

Tomasz joined Redpoint in 2008 and has invested in Axial,, Dremio, Expensify, Electric Imp, Gremlin, Kustomer, Looker, and ThredUP. He is an active blogger at where he shares advice and learnings for entrepreneurs. He is also the co-author of Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Future, which explores the cultural changes big data brings to business, and shows you how to adapt your organization to leverage data to maximum effect. Tomasz has been named on the Forbes Midas Brink list.

Before joining Redpoint, Tomasz was the product manager for Google’s AdSense social-media products and AdSense internationalization.

Tomasz attended Dartmouth College, where he rowed on the crew team (Go Green!) and graduated as a George Revitz Fellow with a BA in mechanical engineering, a BE in machine learning, and a master’s degree in engineering management.

Point 72 Ventures Partner Sri Chandrasekar Partner Sri Chandrasekar at SlatorCon San Francisco 2019

Sri Chandrasekar


Sri Chandrasekar co-leads Point72 Ventures investment activities and technical due diligence in artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technologies. He is based in Palo Alto. Sri joined Point72 from In-Q-Tel, the strategic investment arm of the CIA and the U.S. Intelligence Community. At In-Q-Tel, Sri led Lab41, an AI-focused Lab that built and delivered solutions to some of the Intelligence Community’s toughest problems.

Before Lab41, Sri led the Analytics practice at In-Q-Tel, a role in which he was responsible for setting the investment priorities for a team of technical investment professionals. Prior to In-Q-Tel, Sri spent nearly a decade designing and building communication systems for the military at BAE Systems. Sri earned his undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from NYU.


Co-Founder & Managing Director

Based in Zurich, Florian Faes spent over eight years working in Asia, stationed in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Before launching Slator in 2015, he was with CLS Communication as Head of Asia and he was part of group management during the trade sale to Lionbridge.

Andrew Smart Slator

Andrew Smart

Co-Founder & Commercial Director

Andrew Smart is the Commercial Director at Slator responsible for product development and pricing, online ad and research sales, and event sponsorships.

Prior to co-founding Slator, Andrew has worked in the media, internet and finance industries including managing media businesses for Thomson Reuters, Fairfax Media and The Economist Group. He has an MBA in Finance and Investments from The George Washington University in Washington DC and has been based in Asia for over 25 years.

Slator's Esther Bond

Esther Bond

Research Director

Esther spent several years in France and Luxembourg for work and study, and has since returned to her native London. She has a strong languages background, having studied for degrees in French & Linguistics and Translation & Interpreting. She went on to pursue a career in the Language Services industry, where she gained PM, technology and management experience before joining the Slator team.

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