|[February 26, 2013]
ISI Founders Transition Company to Longtime Colleagues, Underscoring Commitment to Continuity
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
More than 30 years after founding ISI (News - Alert) Translation Services (www.isitrans.com),
a recognized leader in language solutions for healthcare and financial
services, George and Cathi Rimalower have transitioned the company to
former COO Emilie Villeneuve and Michael Bearden, ISI's longtime VP of
client relations. George Rimalower, who is retiring, will continue to
serve as an advisor and consultant to the firm.
With the transition, Villeneuve has been named CEO and Bearden company
According to Rimalower, who started ISI in 1982, the change is the
culmination of a measured, three-year process. "Since 2010, Michael and
Emilie have been running ISI in every way that matters," said Rimalower.
"With their combined 20 years of experience at the company, it's fair to
say that few corporate transitions are as seamless as ours has been."
ISI is known worldwide for combining the latest technology with expert
human touch at every stage - from concierge-style project management to
translating, editing, desktop publishing, proofreading and review - to
enable successful communication in 100+ languages and dialects.
"Although the leadership of the company has changed, virtually nothing
else has," Bearden said. "ISI remains committed to providing
industry-leading language support, throughour translation and
interpreting services. Emilie and I are invigorated and excited about
our new roles. We anticipate a bright future for ISI and our clients,
based on the strong foundations of the company's past, and the promise
of further innovations to come."
In her 12 years at ISI, Villeneuve has engaged in her passion for
helping people of different cultures from around the world communicate
successfully. Growing up in France, Villeneuve chose to study English at
age 11, and then started learning Spanish at 13. She spent the bulk of
her career at ISI working with translators, editors and clients to
further ensure quality translations, design and graphics that maintain
For almost a decade at ISI, Bearden has used his extensive experience in
production and translation project management to best match clients'
needs with the correct tools and processes to achieve successful
communication in any language. Bearden holds a master's degree in
English literature, and has pursued his love of language as a writer,
journalist and adjunct professor of English at the university level. His
passion for language and communication was cemented while teaching a
variety of multi-level ESL classes in a bilingual environment in Latin
America, including grammar, conversation and reading.
"When George and Cathi first broached the subject of retirement several
years ago, Michael and I realized that this was a tremendous
opportunity," said Villeneuve. "We all saw that we could craft an
effective, methodical transition plan that would serve all of ISI's
constituencies - our clients, our global network of translators and our
employees -- without disruption, and Michael and I could continue the
client work we love to do."
Bearden assured ISI's clients that the firm's relationships with its
business partners will continue unchanged. "We're steeped in the special
blend of high tech and high touch that are the essential ingredients of
the ISI culture," said Bearden. "It's who we are."
enables successful communication through full-service language and
localization solutions, from a global team of linguists deeply rooted in
the cultural and technical nuances of virtually every language used in
business. ISI is a recognized leader in language solutions for
healthcare and life sciences, including insurance, pharmaceutical and
medical instrumentation companies. ISI has provided language services to
some of the biggest healthcare companies in the world, and was one of
the first to address the special linguistic and cultural needs of both
non- and limited-English-proficient communities of the United States.
ISI is based in Los Angeles, with hundreds of translators in the United
States and worldwide.
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