2008 Conference

The speakers at TM-Europe 2008 include:
André Pellet, Chief Operating Officer (COO),
Dag Schmidtke, Microsoft, Ireland
David M. Smith, President, LinguaLinx Language Solutions, Inc.
Doug Lawrence, Vice President and Director of Amicus TransTec Limited
Eva-Maria Leitner, mss language solutions
Grzegorz Wójcik, Managing Director, Magit
Krzysztof Przyłucki, CEO of BTInfo and President of the Polish Association of Translation Companies (PSBT)
Krzysztof Zabrzeski, STP
Monika Popiołek, President of MAart Agency Ltd and Vice President of PSBT
Olga Blasco, Director, Global Language Services & Germany Operations, Welocalize
Paweł Werstler Key Account Manager, Samsung
Peter Reynolds, CEO and translation management consultant at TM-Global
Rudy Tirry, Country Manager of Lionbridge Technologies - Belgium
Terence Oliver, Freelance Technical Translator & FIT Representative
Tom Connolly, Project Management Consultant and Trainer

André Pellet
Chief Operating Officer (COO),

André Pellet has been in the translation and localization industry for over 20 years, having served as President of a translation company - M2, Enterprises/M2 Limited, and then as Vice President at Welocalize - a leading mid-sized LSP. He has an engineering degree with a specialization in computer science, and has been active with the American Translators Association and its Washington chapter, NCATA, ALC, GALA, Localization World, and Multilingual Computing leading discussions on M&A and technology within the language industry.
André is currently the COO at, leading the development of the industry’s workplace.

  Dag Schmidtke
PM, Microsoft, Ireland

Dag is a project manager at the Microsoft European Development Centre (EDC) in Dublin, Ireland. He joined Microsoft in 1991, and has worked on numerous Microsoft localization projects as a translator, engineer, tools developer, and project manager. He completed an M.Phil. degree in Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin in 1994, and received an M.Sc. by Research in Computational Linguistics from Dublin City University in 2004. Dag’s current focus is on localization language technology strategy, how to improve and make the best use of recycling and machine translation technology for localization and international audiences.

David M. Smith
President, LinguaLinx Language Solutions, Inc.

David ventured into the realm of multilingual communications almost 20 years ago, driven by his love for languages. Fluent in Russian and French, he has worked extensively in both the US and Europe.

After receiving his B.A. in Russian Language from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1990, David went on to own and operate DMS Language Services in Albany while completing his graduate studies. A Russian translation firm, DMS served the multilingual needs of the academic and judicial communities. Smith earned an M.A. in Russian Language & Literature (1994), as well as an M.A. in Translation (1995) from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Smith has worked as a Russian interpreter, in 1995 to 1996 lived in Moscow, Russia, serving as Resident Director of the State University of New York's Moscow Exchange Program. He also held a faculty position in the Department of Foreign Languages at Moscow State University. In 1997, David began working in sales for TransPerfect and transitioned into the position of Director of Business Development for Prior to founding LinguaLinx Language Solutions, Inc. - one of the fastest-growing language service providers in the industry David worked for Merrill/NTEXT in New York, NY.

Since the launch of LinguaLinx Language Solutions, Inc. in 2002, the firm has consistently grown by more than 200% annually and ranked among the Top 35 Technology Firms in the upstate New York region by the American City Business Journals (Albany Business Review).David Smith was honored as a recipient of the prestigious American City Business Journals' (Albany Business Review) 40 Under Forty award in 2005, which recognizes outstanding business leaders under the age of 40.

Dave is a presenter at industry and business events around the country including the Gilbane Conferences, the ALC Annual Conference and the 2007 Economic Summit on Entrepreneurship and Growth in Upstate New York. He is a staunch proponent for the advancement of multilingual communications and linguistic studies. He currently serves on the Leadership Committee of the Association of Language Companies, where he is also Chair of the Business Technology Committee.

Doug Lawrence
Vice President and Director of Amicus TransTec Limited
Doug Lawrence has worked in sales for over 16 years. Four and half years in Translation Company sales both traditional translation and software localization, and five years in translation tool sales with Trados.
Having been successful in positions of new business sales, account management, national and international sales management, he understands the sales challenges facing translation companies.
With experience at all levels of sales including field, Vice President and Director, Lawrence has achieved six figure individual sales and annual targets. He has turned around loss making international sales divisions with full profit and loss responsibility whilst increasing revenue growth in excess of 120% per annum.
Lawrence is a Certified Microsoft Master Instructor with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Computer Science.


Eva-Maria Leitner
mss language solutions

Owner of mss language solutions (EN15038 certified) founded in 1995. The company specializes in technology, medical and life sciences translation.
Graduate of the Centre for Translations Sciences (University of Vienna (MA), currently doing a PhD at this university (specializing in quality management in translation). Eva is also a lecturer at the Centres for Translation Sciences in Vienna and Graz (Project Management and Quality Management according to EN 15038).
Eva is currently Chairperson of the Austrian Language service Providers Section in the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Austrian Standards Institute and Chair of the Austrian Mirror Committee to CEN and ISO and Austrian representative to ISO TC 37 (SC2). Moreover, she represents Austria in the EUATC and is Head of the EUATC Standards Committee.

Grzegorz Wójcik
Managing Director, Magit

Grzegorz Wójcik is a graduate of the faculty of computer sciences at Wroclaw University of Technology. In 1989, he cofounded MAGIT and in the early years was responsible for software development and project management. Since 1995, he has been involved full-time in software localization as the manager of MAGIT's localization and translation department, which focuses on projects for clients from IT, telecommunication, medical devices and multimedia areas. Grzegorz was involved in activities that ultimately led to forming GALA, and MAGIT is one of its founders. His interests include the integration of CAT/CMS tools, and the processes and techniques of team problem solving and creative thinking such as synectics.

Krzysztof Przyłucki
CEO of BTInfo and President of the Polish Association of Translation Companies (PSBT)

Krzysztof Przyłucki obtained his degree in Computer Science at the Warsaw University in 1994, and completed post-graduate studies in Management at the Warsaw School of Economics in 1997. Between 1992 and 1995, he coordinated a team of translators for the Polish edition of PC Magazine. His responsibilities included establishing a group of translators, developing terminology, technical and editing standards, and implementing quality assurance procedures. Between 1993 and 1996, he was the President of TECMATH Polska, a company focusing on advanced modeling and analysis software for a variety of fields including the automotive and media industries. Since 1995 he has been the Chief Executive Officer of BTInfo, company focused on specialized translation and localization services. He established the company from ground up and has developed it into a leader of the Polish specialized translation market. The company has won and maintained a large group of regular customers, such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Alcatel, TP SA, and NBP. Krzysztof Przyłucki is also the creator and co-author of the BTInfo dictionary, a free on-line source of up-to-date IT and business terminology. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of B3 System, a public company listed on WSE (Warsaw Stock Exchange), a provider of end-to-end security solutions and services. Since 2007, Krzysztof has been the President of the Polish Association of Translation Companies (PSBT).

  Krzysztof Zabrzeski

Krzysztof Zabrzeski, freelance interpreter, Member of the Board of the STP (Association of Polish Translators and Interpreters), teacher at Warsaw University (European Masters in Conference Interpreting). Formerly in the translation business, moved on to freelance interpreting several years ago. Received a European Parliament scholarship for interpreters, and taught interpreting at the Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Having worked for the majority of Polish and some foreign governmental organisations, as well as numerous Polish and foreign NGOs and businesses (including among others the media, major banks, IT companies, heavy industry, etc.), has developed a sound understanding of the workings of the Polish interpreting market.

Monika Popiołek
President of MAart Agency Ltd and Vice President of PSBT

President and CEO of MAart Agency Ltd (ISO 9001 and EN15038 certified) since 1991.

Graduate of the University of Warsaw English Linguistics Department (MA) with an Executive MBA degree from the Warsaw University of Technology Business School (joint London Business School, HEC Paris, NHH Bergen & WUT BS Programme), currently completing a PhD at the College of Business Administration of the Warsaw School of Economics (specialization in service quality and strategic management).

President of the biggest MBA alumni association in Poland - SAAMBA in the years 2001-2006 - 2 terms. Currently Vice-President of SAAMBA for Business Development. Founding member and currently Vice-President of the Polish Association of Translation Agencies (PSBT) Head of the EUATC Technology Committee. Monika is also a TILP member and Polish expert to ISO TC 37 (SC2 and SC4), part-time trainer and lecturer in management.

Olga Blasco
Director, Global Language Services & Germany Operations, Welocalize

  • Olga Blasco brings over 10 years of experience in the localization industry to Welocalize.
  • Expert in implementing Language Services improvement plans in global companies designed to align business requirements with quality management, vendor development, translation technology and language asset management.
  • Prior to joining Welocalize, Olga held the positions of Language Group Manager and Business Unit Manager at Lionbridge Ireland (formerly Bowne Global Solutions and Berlitz GlobalNET).
  • Her extensive management experience includes leading, recruiting and coaching successful teams of Language Coordinators, Resource Managers and Project Managers through mergers and acquisitions.
  • BA in Translation and Interpreting (English, German) from the Universitat Auto`noma de Barcelona (Spain).


Paweł Werstler
Key Account Manager, Samsung

Paweł is a happy father of twins. He is currently KAM at Samsung Electronics - responsible for all business relations with mobile telecommunications leader ERA (TMO Poland). Previously a Product and then Account Manager at Siemens. He has always been closely connected with sales and marketing, and B2B in particular.
He has an MA from the Warsaw University and an MBA degree (2004) from the Warsaw University of Technology Business School (joint programme with LBS, HEC and NHH).

Peter Reynolds
CEO and translation management consultant at TM-Global

An Irish national based in Warsaw, Peter holds an BSc and an MBA degree from Open University and is a localization and translation industry veteran. Prior to TM-Global he worked at Idiom Technologies Inc. (now SDL PLC). As director of the LSP Partner Program at Idiom, Peter was responsible for making its global LSP partners program a successful and innovative venture. Before Idiom he worked on language technology development for global localization companies: Lionbridge, Bowne Global Solutions and Berlitz GlobalNet. While there, he managed the Dublin development team responsible for BerlitzIT, Elcano, Freeway 2.0 technology solutions and internal project and vendor management tools. Peter has been actively involved — in the development and promotion of standards (notably XLIFF) for more than ten years — mostly at OASIS. Until 2008 (when XLIFF was published) he was Secretary of the XLIFF Technical Committee at OASIS and chaired the Translation Web Services TC. Peter is also involved in OASIS, TILP as well as being the Irish expert to ISO TC 37 (SC2 & SC4) and training auditors for the EN 15038 standard.

Rudy Tirry
Country Manager of Lionbridge Technologies - Belgium

Rudy started his carreer as a freelance translator at a time when PC's and internet still had to be invented, before joining a Brussels-based translation company back in 1983. From a variety of priviledged operational and management positions in a company that grew from a small but ambitiious local SME to a respected world-class player, he has been witnessing and actively influencing the professional development of the translation and localization industry, while trying to maintain a delicate balance between raw business requirements and the traditional craft-related values that control large parts of the translation market.

Terence Oliver
Freelance Technical Translator & FIT Representative

Terence grew up and went to school in southeast England. After gaining a joint BA in German and Geology from Keele University in 1967, he spent a short spell in teaching and two years as a COBOL programmer. He has lived and worked in Germany since 1971, when he joined Unilever Germany as a staff translator, later becoming head of the Translation Department. Since 1984 he has worked as a freelance technical translator (German–English), covering a wide range of business and technical content with an increasing focus on the law and technology of environmental issues. A member of BDÜ since 1980 and of ADÜ Nord since its founding in 1997, he served as chairman of the latter from 2001–2005. Having worked on the German mirror committee for European Standard EN 15038, he is now a delegate to ISO Technical Committee TC37/SC2, working group WG6 on translating and interpreting. He was elected to the Steering Committee of FIT Europe (Regional Centre Europe) in 2002 and has been its secretary since 2005.

Tom Connolly
Project Management Consultant and Trainer
Tom Connolly, (B. Eng, MBA) has over 26 years experience in project management, business development, localisation, new product introduction, and engineering. Since 2000 he has focused full time on project management consultancy and training. Tom's PM training programme has been delivered at the Irish Management Institute in Sandyford, Dublin, as part of a programme endorsed by the Institute of Learning Management. It was also incorporated by TILP (The Institute of Localisation Professionals) into the CLP certification process for localisation professionals. Tom authored "Localisation and the Software Life Cycle", one of the modules of the new CLP Programme released early in 2008 and Tom delivered the onsite training in Braga, Portugal, in May 2008. Tom's Project Management clients include Nokia (Finland), Kerry Group, GE Healthcare, Stryker Instruments, University of Limerick, Pixel Labs, Biosensia and Tesco. He is an associate of The Localization Institute (Wisconsin) for whom he delivers workshops in Holland, Finland and Germany. He is also a Principal Consultant with ETP, an Irish-owned globally successful Project Management Training and Consulting pioneer. In addition, Tom has spent over two years marketing and developing customised elearning solutions with PulseLearning, an award-winning fast growing company who have gained traction by deploying their unique Learning Solutions methodology and products in the Life Sciences, Financial Services and Technology sectors. Prior to 2000 Tom spent many years at Apple Computer, his last role there being European Localisation Manager, managing 90 projects per year in 29 languages. In an earlier role he was selected as one of 12 facilitators who were tasked with training 1,000 employees in a customised Total Quality Management (TQM) programme. Tom is a past President of the Microsoft Project Users Group of Ireland (MPUG) and is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Localization Research Centre in the University of Limerick. He was awarded MBA with honours from the National University of Ireland, Cork, in December 2002 and graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial) from University College Galway, Ireland in 1981. He has studied Project Management in MCE, Brussels and has taken Management Training at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He sat APICS examinations in MRP, Production Activity Control and Inventory Management.

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