Rolf Hecken joins Elanex as General Manager, Canada

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Elanex, Inc. announced that Rolf Hecken, a seasoned bilingual translation industry manager, has joined as General Manager of Canada, expanding the company's North American presence.

I've always been interested in linguistic technologies

Elanex, Inc. today announced that Rolf Hecken has joined Elanex as General Manager of Canada. To his new role, he brings nearly 20 years of experience in translation and localization industry services, along with deep expertise in translation-related technologies.

Fluent in both German and English, Rolf has deep experience in the Canadian market, ranging from small to extremely large-scale organizations. He has also worked in the automotive and technology sectors, so brings a strong focus on solution building, processes and quality assurance to our team. In addition, Rolf founded or held senior executive positions in several successful service companies.

Previously, as Vice President of Marketing and Technologies for Able Translations Ltd, Rolf increased customer retention by 25% by leading and training a team of 15 people. As an owner and partner at Alpha Translations Canada, Inc., he focused on Project Management and Business Process improvements, developing and training qualified language resources to increase the production and sales processes every year for exceptional company growth. Rolf has also held manager positions in the automotive industry for example at BMW in the Canadian marketplace, at Nissan Motor Germany and Ford Werke AG in the European marketplace. He has lived in Canada for 15 years.

"We're excited to have a person with Rolf's pedigree as one of our General Managers to launch our Canadian operation," says Jonathan Kirk, CEO of Elanex. "As we expand our services across the border into the Great North, Rolf gives us a strong presence in Canada. He's a highly motivated and skilled professional with deep understanding of localization/translation technologies, which will enable him to communicate Elanex's unique advantages well to the Canadian market. We see tremendous potential for him and Elanex because our company is a pioneer in language translation technologies."

"I've always been interested in linguistic technologies," says Rolf, "and I appreciate firsthand the power Elanex's technologies bring to the localization process. Elanex is an extremely impressive company. In my humble opinion they've racked up a number of technology firsts and they're already global. They're offering cutting-edge automation technologies and a compelling value proposition to buyers of translation/localization. Plus, they're ahead of the curve in expanding to new markets with an ever-growing list of services and supporting technologies. It is going to be exciting to be able to contribute to the success of Elanex."

About Elanex. Elanex is a language translation services and technology company. We develop cutting-edge technology and combine it with our growing global network of 22,000 of the best available human translators, to provide top-quality translation at highly competitive prices. Elanex is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Silicon Valley, Albuquerque, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, and Warsaw. For more information about Elanex, visit us at


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