FREDERICK, MD--(Marketwired - Oct 5, 2015) -  Welocalize, global leader in innovative translation and localization solutions, today announced that Derek McCann has joined Welocalize to direct the Western United States Sales and Operations teams, reporting to EVP and General Manager of North America, Chris Grebisz.

McCann will define the strategic direction for client acquisition and the customer experience in the western region of the US, along with taking responsibility for the delivery of broad language services to Welocalize's global brand clients. He will lead regionally-based operations, program management and new business development teams, and Welocalize client retention programs. 

Prior to joining Welocalize, McCann worked for Microsoft for more than 23 years, both in Seattle, Washington and Dublin, Ireland. In his latest position, he was Senior Director Internationalization and Localization with senior leadership responsibility for the Microsoft® Windows localization program. In his tenure, he managed worldwide localization teams in program management, testing, engineering and the global supply chain for Microsoft products.

"We are very excited to have Derek join our team, as he brings a wealth of leadership and industry experience to Welocalize that will help us achieve our specific growth targets, while successfully expanding lines of service to meet our clients' needs today and in the future," said Chris Grebisz, EVP and general manager at Welocalize. "Derek brings respected expertise inherent to successfully managing one of the largest localization programs in the world, along with a fresh perspective on how Welocalize can disrupt old standards, innovate and provide creative services as the preeminent customer-centric language solutions provider."

"By joining Welocalize, I am personally invested in leading change in big, dramatic ways for our industry," said Derek McCann, vice president of Western North America at Welocalize. "I feel Welocalize is equally committed as an organization to making change happen and not just talk about it, so I look forward to where we can go beyond what we all expect and lead the way to doing things differently."

Derek McCann is the featured guest speaker at the 2015 LocLeaders Forum in Silicon Valley, taking place at Levi's Stadium on October 14, 2015. This year's peer-to-peer collaborative Welocalize hosted event, entitled "Game Changers," is an exclusive opportunity for localization leaders at global brands to connect with industry experts, share game changing ideas and learn winning strategies in managing globalization. LocLeaders registration information is available at

About Welocalize - Welocalize, Inc., founded in 1997, offers innovative translation and localization solutions helping global brands to grow and reach audiences around the world in more than 157 languages. Our solutions include global localization management, translation, supply chain management, people sourcing, language services and automation tools including MT, testing and staffing solutions and enterprise translation management technologies. With over 600 employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan and China.

Contact Information:

Media Contacts:
US: Jamie Glass

Europe/Asia: Louise Law