TransPerfect VP Michael Sank to Chair GALA Board of Directors


NEW YORK, NY, January 20, 2009 – TransPerfect, the world's largest privately held provider of language and business services, today announced that Michael Sank, the company's Vice President of Corporate Strategy, has been named Chairman of the Globalization and Localization Association's (GALA) Board of Directors.

GALA is a non-profit, international association supporting the interests of the translation, internationalization, localization, and globalization industry. Sank brings over 10 years of experience in the language services industry, as well as an extensive M&A track record, to the Board. As Vice President of Corporate Strategy for TransPerfect, Sank has successfully negotiated and closed merger transactions with several industry leaders, including Crimson, ArchiText, iSP, Overtaal, Quagnito, and Iverson. Working with incoming management, Sank has also contributed to the integration, retention of staff, growth, and overall success of these merger partners within the TransPerfect framework.

As chairperson, Sank will continue to work with the GALA Board and staff on implementing the GALA 2010 Plan, a three-year growth plan intended to support the organization's goals developed in 2006. These goals include improving the organization's visibility in the industry, improving member participation through workshops and certification programs, and expanding the functions of the Board. Additionally, in 2009 GALA will hold its first annual conference and exhibition entitled "GALA 2009: The business of language. The language of business." The event will be held September 14-16, 2009 at the J.W. Marriott in Cancun, Mexico.

Sank is currently serving a two-year term, which ends on December 31, 2009. The GALA Board is a 6-member board made up of industry executives from around the world.

About GALA 
GALA is an international non-profit association that promotes translation services, language technology and language management solutions. The member companies worldwide include translation companies, localization service providers, globalization consultants, internationalization specialists and technology developers. GALA companies share a commitment to quality, service, and innovation in helping clients reach global markets. For more information about GALA visit

About TransPerfect
TransPerfect is a family of companies including TransPerfect Translations, TransPerfect Legal Solutions,, and Deal Interactive, as well as specialized staffing, transcriptions, and multicultural marketing divisions. With revenue of over $200 million and more than 1,100 full-time employees, TransPerfect is the largest privately held language services provider in the world. From 56 offices on 4 continents, TransPerfect offers a full range of services in over 100 languages to multinationals worldwide. With a network of over 4,000 linguists and subject-area specialists worldwide, TransPerfect is the largest translation company to be fully ISO 9001:2000 certified. TransPerfect is headquartered in New York and has regional headquarters in London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit our websites at and