Don DePalma has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of technology, language services and market research. As the company’s original founder, Don is responsible for launching and developing the preeminent market research firm in the language services sector. He initiated Common Sense Advisory’s coverage of localization maturity, enterprise language processing, business-driven globalization, practical machine translation, return on investment for localization and multicultural domestic marketing. As the company’s chief strategist, Don serves as an incubator for new ideas and projects that support the organization’s vision and growth. He drives strategic decisions affecting the future direction of the research and consulting services and he is involved in shaping the strategies of many of the world’s largest technology firms and the industry’s most influential language service providers via large scale consulting projects. Don holds a PhD in linguistics from Brown University with specializations in generative grammar, computational linguistics and the historical phonology of Slavic languages. He has also studied at Moscow State University and Moscow Linguistic University in Russia, Univerzita Karlova in the Czech Republic and ELISA in Costa Rica. As a linguist, Don studied a range of Indo-European languages and has visited 40 countries.
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