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Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
Public company
Industry Language localization
Software testing
Founded Waltham, Massachusetts, USA (1996)
Headquarters Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Key people
Rory Cowan, CEO
Revenue Increase$489 million (2013)
Number of employees
Slogan Accelerating Your Global Success

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. commonly known as Lionbridge, is a company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States (U.S.) that provides translation, online marketing, global content management and application testing products.[1]


In 2002 Bowne Global Solutions was the largest localization provider, after buying Berlitz GlobalNE.[2] Lionbridge later acquired Bowne Global Solutions.

In January 2015, Lionbridge completed the acquisition of CLS Communication, a provider of translation solutions headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The acquisition provides Lionbridge with the capacity of CLS Communication's offices, located in 10 countries on the continents of Europe, North America and Asia, as well as 600 employees.[3]


Lionbridge provides translation, interpretation, online marketing, global content management and application testing products[1] such as training data prepared manually by assessors (or raters) for Google.[4]

Controversies/court cases[edit]

A securities class action lawsuit involving the company was filed on, or about, July 24, 2001. The lawsuit was filed with the caption "Samet v. Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. et al." and was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[5]

A Colorado jury awarded an employee US$1,313,570 in damages in 2006, as Lionbridge failed to fulfill its obligation to help the employee obtain a green card. Upon review, the judge reduced the noneconomic award to US$366,250 and reduced the economic damages award to US$221,433.[6]

A 2008 court case involved an unfair dismissal claim by a former Polish Lionbridge employee Jakub Gawlikowski. Gawlikowski was fired for union recruitment activities at the company’s Warsaw office to protect employment conditions. Protests in support of Gawlikowski were held in Denmark, Spain, Poland, and Ireland.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

June 2013 - Lionbridge and PHT Corporation raise $3,400 to benefit The Boston Children's Hospital[8]

May 2013 - Common Sense Advisory, an independent Massachusetts-based market research company, names Lionbridge the #1 Language Service Provider (LSP) in the world.

March 2013 - Lionbridge named as finalist in the 3rd annual Marketo Revenue Performance Excellence Awards[9]

January 2012 - Lionbridge's GeoFluent receives 2011 Product of the Year Award from Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine[10]

Since 2006, Lionbridge has been named a Top 20 Training Outsourcing Company[11]

Lionbridge has been named to the "Global 100," a list of the world's best outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals[12]

In October 2008, Lionbridge was chosen by Microsoft as "Vendor of the Year" for providing Microsoft with "development, test and globalization services worldwide."[13]


  1. ^ a b "Our Company - Lionbridge Technologies | Lionbridge Technologies". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ Bert Esselink (2003). The Evolution of Localization (PDF). Guide to Localization. Multilingual Computing and Technology. 
  3. ^ "Lionbridge Completes Acquisition of CLS Communication". PR Newswire. PR Newswire Association LLC. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lavorando per Google come quality rater (Lionbridge opinioni)" [Working for Google as a quality rater]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian). December 13, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.". Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. Stanford Law School. 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  6. ^ John Rotterman, Esq. (2007). "DerKevorkian v. Lionbridge Techs, Inc.". Immigration Daily. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Interpretation service picketed by trade unions, activists". Metro Eireann. 10 July 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "DIA Boston 2013: Great to See You! | Life SciencesLife Sciences". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  9. ^ "Lionbridge Named as a Finalist in Marketo's 2013 Revenue Performance Excellence Awards - Lionbridge Technologies | Lionbridge Technologies". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  10. ^ "Lionbridge GeoFluent Receives 2011 Product of the Year Award from Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine - Lionbridge Technologies | Lionbridge Technologies". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  11. ^ "2013 Top 20 Training Outsourcing Companies | Training Industry". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  12. ^ "IAOP :: 2012 Global Outsourcing 100". Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  13. ^ "Microsoft Recognizes Winners of Annual MSVP Awards". Microsoft. Microsoft. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2013.