Management Team

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The experience and expertise of our global team enables us to deliver the highest-quality solutions for our clients’ diverse requirements all over the world.

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Thompson

Key Experience

Highly experienced leader with wide ranging knowledge over several key geographies and industries: with over 33 years’ experience of financial and managerial positions, Richard utilizes his experience of working within RWS and other industries to lead the company, enhance the company culture, and profitably grow the business.

Strong financial skills: joined RWS in October 2012 as CFO and Company Secretary, and played a pivotal role in RWS’s move into life sciences translations, spearheading the acquisition of CTi and LUZ. Following the acquisition of CTi, Richard was appointed deputy CEO in 2015.

Good communication skills: with experience at all levels of management, Richard clearly articulates a vision of RWS’s growth strategy.

Chief Financial Officer

Desmond Glass

Key Experience

Highly experienced leader: Desmond has almost 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles across a range of sectors in UK and US headquartered businesses with international operations. He had a central role in GAN’s development from internet start-up to its IPO in November 2013, and subsequently increasing the company’s market profile with both existing shareholders and the wider investment community.

Alternative Investment Market (AIM) experience: as CFO for GAN plc, Desmond was instrumental in preparing the company for its successful AIM public listing in November 2013, and subsequently expanding the company’s operations and delivery capability across the US and Europe.

Finance strategy design and delivery: at GAN plc Desmond took the financial lead in driving the US market entry strategy and played a key role in expanding the company’s operations and delivery across the US and Europe. During his time at Rodale International, Desmond took on the role of shaping and delivering the financial strategy of the international portfolio of joint ventures and licensees of this market leading health and wellness media company.

Chief Operating Officer

Joe Lugo

Key Experience

Commercially focused executive: with extensive experience in a variety of industries, Joe is highly skilled in all facets of client and commercial negotiations as well as M&A, company restructures and systems implementations across multiple geographies.

Results-oriented: Joe’s strengths include financial management, technical accounting and compliance coupled with an operationally-disciplined approach to strategic planning, revenue generation and cost optimization.

Proactive leader: with excellent people and communication skills, Joe enjoys taking a "hands-on" approach, multi-tasking, building teams and working in fast-paced environments.

Group Corporate Development Director

Christopher Lewey

Key Experience

Experienced leader: Christopher has extensive experience in leadership roles in a number of companies where he has led teams with responsibility for delivering strategic projects, M&A and integration, and as an investment banker where he has led sector teams and advised clients in a wide range of industries on both domestic and international M&A.

Good communication skills: with the ability to build, lead and motivate teams with experience at all levels of management.

Strong financial skills: Christopher has more than 20 years’ experience as a financial professional in a range of roles, including both advising and working as an executive in publicly listed companies.

Chief Technology Officer

Azad Ootam

Key Experience

Strong transformational skills and experience: Azad has spent much of his career on large-scale transformational engagements. His experience ranges from strategic direction setting, organisational redesign, and radical cost-reduction projects through to programme management and operational roles. Many of these roles have been in areas of high political and press interest, and he has successfully navigated organisations and significant change under this scrutiny.

Proactive leader: Azad joined SDL in 2016 as the Chief Transformation Officer and then became the Chief Technology Officer in 2020, having taken on responsibility for the Language Technology division of SDL.

Results-oriented: Azad has successfully seen the deployment of modern platforms and tooling across SDL, enabling our employees to service our customers more effectively and efficiently, and continuing to keep pace with the ever-increasing business velocity demanded.

Personal: Azad is married to a lawyer, has two girls and lives in London

SVP, Language Delivery

Maria Schnell

Key Experience

Highly experienced leader with extensive market and industry knowledge: Driving both the day-to-day as well as the transformation towards a data-driven, machine-first, human-centered localization process by building industry leading excellence that delivers tangible value to the customer.

President, IP Services

Neil Simpkin

Key Experience

Highly experienced leader with extensive market and industry knowledge: with over 27 years of experience in various positions across RWS, including more than a decade in key linguistic roles. Neil uses his deep knowledge of the translation and intellectual property industries to engage with customers and ensure that our product and service quality meets and exceeds expectations.

Strong technical skills: building on his long-standing involvement in customer-facing technology platforms such as inovia and PatBase, Neil drives the early adoption of advanced software solutions into our business to improve internal efficiency and end-user experience.

International experience: with a decade of experience working in China and Japan, Neil is able to combine a deep understanding of East Asian markets with a drive towards globally harmonized business processes and strategic initiatives.

President, Language Services & Technology

Thomas Labarthe

Key Experience

Highly experienced leader: international executive with 20+ years experience leading global teams in the Enterprise Software & Services market. Strong commercial and strategic skills.

Growth and innovation: focused on solving business challenges for our clients through Technology: AI, Automation and Content Management.

Resilience and communication skills: looking for opportunities in every challenge, adaptability to the fast-paced High Tech environment and track record in building high performance teams.

President, Regulated Industries

Jon Hart

Key Experience

Growth and leadership: skilled at growing global businesses, developing customer focused and highly collaborative teams, and leading and inspiring people.

Proven track record: with over 20 years’ experience Jon is highly skilled in revenue growth and value creation through the leadership of global sales and operations organizations and P&L management.

Extensive international experience: running sales and operations in the US, India, China, Korea and Europe, Jon is a veteran of translation and technical content industries.