welocalize appoints new sales director in japan

Growing production center in Tokyo breeds new sales strategy

Frederick, MD United States, January 25, 2008 – Welocalize Inc., a leading provider of Integrated Globalization Services with operational centers in five countries, today announced the further expansion of its Japanese office with the appointment of Terukazu Konishi as Director of Sales in Japan. Mr. Konishi, an industry veteran with experience ranging from business development to localization solution engineering, will lead the new sales division in Tokyo.

Since the opening of a new production unit in July 2007, the Welocalize Japan office has been growing with steadfast speed in response to customer needs and shifting market trends. Welocalize Japan has provided customers with a Tokyo-based production house aimed to meet the high-quality language demands and local, in-country communication needs of multinational customers. “We are thrilled to have Terukazu join the team during this momentous time,” says Smith Yewell. “His excellent sales and account management experience will be a crucial asset to servicing the production and communication needs of our customers in Japan. Also, as more Japanese companies shift from a single language to a multi-language solution, Welocalize is in a perfect position to manage a full range of languages and services through our eight production and business units worldwide.”

As the lead sales strategist for the Japanese market, Mr. Konishi will position Welocalize as a hybrid single and multi-language solution provider to meet the unique needs of Japanese customers, offering translation from and into Japanese. At the same time, he will continue to serve as a liaison between US and Europe-based customers and their regional offices in Japan and the greater Asia Pacific (APAC) region. “I look forward to working with both Welocalize Japan and the entire global team,” exclaims Terukazu Konishi. “Both the Welocalize Japan and China offices have had an excellent track record of providing on-demand support to local customers, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute by crafting custom solutions and steering Welocalize as a prominent localization service provider in the APAC region.”

With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Mr. Konishi brings over a wealth of knowledge in the translation and localization industry. His familiarity with both the client and vendor side has produced optimal account management skills with a strong focus on solution engineering and market analysis. Mr. Konishi recently served as Managing Director of Moravia Japan and Director of Sales APAC, where he helped start up the Moravia Tokyo office, contributed to winning projects for Fortune 500 companies and developed multilingual opportunities in both Europe and Japan

About Welocalize

Welocalize offers integrated globalization services for the fluid and rapid deployment of enterprise content and applications to international markets. In response to unique customer needs, we provide globalization consulting, translation, localization and testing solutions that manage risk, improve repeatability and ensure transfer of knowledge from project to project.

Our clients include Autodesk, Inc.; Canon; Cisco Systems; Computer Associates; IBM; Microsoft; Sun; Symantec and Xerox. With over 400 employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains 9 offices in the United States, Germany, Ireland, Japan and China . Please visit www.welocalize.com for more information.

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