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Phil Shawe

Phil Shawe


The TransPerfect/ family of companies was co-founded by Liz Elting and Phil Shawe in 1992. Today, TransPerfect/ is the world's largest privately held provider of language and business services, and Elting and Shawe continue to run the company's day-to-day operations. 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. Crain's New York Business has ranked TransPerfect/ as one of the largest privately held companies, as well as one of the largest women-owned companies, seven years in a row. The company was also three times named one of the fastest-growing women-owned/led businesses in North America by Entrepreneur and the Women Presidents' Organization.

In 2008, Shawe was named to the prestigious “40 Under 40 list” by Crain’s New York Business. Shawe has spoken at New York University and Columbia University. He is also a member of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). 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 an 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.

Liz Elting

Elizabeth Elting


Liz Elting co-founded TransPerfect in 1992. Today, TransPerfect is the world’s largest privately held provider of language and business solutions. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 4,000 employees and over 90 offices in cities around the globe. Elting has earned numerous awards for her outstanding entrepreneurship and focus on developing women business leaders. They include: the Working Woman “Entrepreneurial Excellence” Award for Customer Service, the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, the American Express-Entrepreneur Magazine “Woman of the Year” Award, the "Distinguished Alumnae" Award from NYU Stern's Women in Business, the “Women Worth Watching” Award from Diversity Journal, and most recently, the "Women of Power & Influence" Awards by the National Organization for Women.

Elting is profiled in several books, including "American Dream: Interviews with Industry-Leading Professionals" by Jason Navallo, The New York Times bestseller “Succeed by Your Own Terms” (McGraw-Hill), “Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs” (Dearborn Trade Publishing), and “Straight Talk About Starting and Growing Your Business” (McGraw-Hill). She is featured regularly in the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, O (The Oprah Magazine), The Financial Times, Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post, and Crain’s New York Business.

With Elting’s commitment and vision, TransPerfect has been an eight-time recipient of the Inc. 5000 Award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and has earned multiple Stevie Awards, including “Company of the Year” and “Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year” in 2016. Crain’s New York Business has named TransPerfect one of the largest privately held companies for 11 consecutive years, and one of the largest women-owned companies ten times. The company was a winner of the 2015 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Awards, and named the Internet Marketing Association’s “Best Translation Solution” at the IMPACT15 Conference. TransPerfect has also been named one of the fastest-growing women-owned/led businesses in North America by Entrepreneur and the Women Presidents' Organization.

Elting serves on the Trinity College Board of Trustees, and is a regular speaker at both NYU and Columbia Business Schools. She is the Founding Ambassador for the American Heart Association's Circle of Red, an Enterprising Women Advisory board member, and a member of the Women Presidents' Organization's Zenith Group.

Elting holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from The Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

Roy Trujillo

Roy B. Trujillo

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer Roy B. Trujillo has been with since 1999, bringing with him significant experience in areas related to the needs of the rapidly growing family of companies. Prior to his employment with, Trujillo served as President and CEO of Leona's Foods, Inc. During his time there, his efforts were largely responsible for transforming a small regional company into a national supplier of high-quality natural food products. The products developed and manufactured by LFI were sold under company owned brands as well as most of the nation's largest retailer's private label programs. Prior to his time at Leona's Foods, he held various technical and management positions at IBM, SBC Communications, and Chase Investment Services. Trujillo earned an MBA in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies at New York University's Stern School of Business, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University.

Tim Coughlin

Tim Coughlin

Vice President, Sales

Tim Coughlin holds responsibility for business development, marketing, and strategic partnerships for Mr. Coughlin joined in 2000 as the director of corporate communications, bringing six years of marketing and communications experience to the company. Prior to joining, Coughlin held senior account positions with leading marketing and public relations firms, including Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Burson-Marsteller, where he managed programs for clients including LEXIS-NEXIS, Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, and Coughlin graduated from Davidson College in 1993 with a BA in History.

Martha Ferro Geller

Martha Ferro Geller

Vice President, Strategic Accounts

Martha Geller came to in 2005 with over 20 years of experience in the translation and multicultural communications industries. In her previous position, at GlobalSight, Geller led the globalization strategy consulting team and sales efforts for the GMS. Prior to that, as head of account services and sales for YAR, a leading multicultural communications agency, she oversaw launches for L.L. Bean in the Japanese market, Apple Computer's iMac, Nike's Olympic Games 23-language website, and Charles Schwab's corporate identity program for the Chinese markets. Geller's experience also includes working with American Express, Ford, 3M, HP, and Disney, while at Berlitz Translation Services and Euramerica, a division of the Ogilvy Group. Geller received an MA in Translation and Conference Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, following completion of coursework in International Studies at the Universite de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Dan O'Sullivan

Dan O'Sullivan

Vice President of Sales, EMEA

Dan O'Sullivan has been a senior member of the executive team since the company's incorporation in 1999. O'Sullivan came to from TransPerfect Translations, where he opened and successfully launched the company's Miami office. His career has been focused on the travel & tourism sector where he has sold and managed some of the largest and most complex projects in the industry for companies such as Royal Caribbean and Hilton International. Currently, O'Sullivan oversees the sales and business development activities for in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. O'Sullivan holds a BA in History from Skidmore College and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida.

Michael Sank

Michael Sank

Vice President, Corporate Development

Michael Sank joined TransPerfect as a salesperson in 1997 when he opened the Los Angeles office. He subsequently led the company's global expansion as Vice President of International Operations, during which time he lived in London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong, managing all sales and production in Europe and Asia. In his current role, Sank manages partnerships and other strategic ventures as well as M&A activity - including the company's mergers with Crimson, ArchiText, iSP, Overtaal, Quagnito, Iverson, WorldLingo, and Yamane. Working with incoming management, he has contributed to the integration, employee retention, growth, and overall success of these merger partners within the TransPerfect framework. He has served on the LocWorld Program Advisory Board and as Chairman of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA). He holds a BA, with Distinction in English, from San Diego State University.