Meet Sajan’s Board of Directors
The navigators behind this language services company flight plan
Mr. Zimmerman became the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman in 2010, and continues to hold these positions. He co-founded Sajan’s predecessor in 1998 along with Angela Zimmerman, and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from its inception until 2010. Mr. Zimmerman has served in technology-focused and strategic business leadership roles in the telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing and service industries. His experience as Chief Executive Officer and co-founder gives him unique insights into the Company’s challenges, opportunities and operations into the language services industry.
Angela (Angel) Zimmerman
Ms. Zimmerman became the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and a director in 2010. She co-founded Sajan’s predecessor in 1998, and served as its President, Chief Operating Officer, Treasurer and a director from inception until 2010. In June, 2015, Ms. Zimmerman retired from the Company. During her career, Ms. Zimmerman developed the language service business model and was responsible for its continual analysis and adaptation to meet the growing needs and demands of a global economic environment. She also developed strategies related to international and domestic expansion and integrated those new locations into the Company’s global language service model. She was responsible for establishing quality and customer satisfaction levels and continuously monitoring the Company’s level of service excellence, including the introduction of the ISO quality certification process and initial ISO 9000 certification.
Her experience as the Company’s former Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Sajan’s predecessor, and her expertise in service level quality provide her with a far-reaching and holistic understanding into the Company’s challenges, opportunities and operations.
Benjamin F. Allen
Mr. Allen has been a director of the Company since 2011. Mr. Allen is currently president of Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, and was formerly president and chief executive officer of Kroll, Inc., an operating unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., the global professional services firm, until it was sold by Marsh & McLennan in August 2010. Mr. Allen was responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of Kroll’s global business. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Kroll, Inc. in 2008, Mr. Allen served as chief operating officer of Kroll. From 2002 until being named COO in 2007, he was president of Kroll Ontrack, (“Ontrack”) Kroll’s legal technologies and data recovery subsidiary. Prior to Kroll’s acquisition of Ontrack, Mr. Allen served as Ontrack’s president and CEO. Preceding his appointment as president and CEO, he served in several other international roles for Ontrack, including chief operating officer and general manager of the U.K. and France offices. Mr. Allen also currently serves as a director of H5, a provider of E-discovery and technology-assisted review, and Toutatis Aztec Solutions, LLC, an IT solutions service provider.
Mr. Allen brings to the board extensive global operations and expansion expertise, as well as substantial experience with technology oriented sales and marketing operations, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.
Michael W. Rogers
Mr. Rogers became a director of the Company in February 23, 2010. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Sajan’s predecessor from April 2006 until February 23, 2010. He is currently a Senior Management Consultant to entrepreneurs of emerging companies in the computer software industry and has worked in this capacity since 2002. From 2002 until 2006, he served as a consultant to several early-stage technology companies. In 1985, Mr. Rogers founded Ontrack Data International, Inc. (“Ontrack”), a once publicly-held provider of computer data recovery services and electronic discovery services located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, which was acquired by Kroll, Inc. in 2002. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Ontrack from 1986 to 2001, and as Chairman from 1989 to 2002. During his tenure with Ontrack, he identified opportunities for and successfully led the Company’s expansion into England, Japan, Germany, France and elsewhere internationally as well as within the United States. During the same period, Ontrack grew from 6 employees to over 400 employees. At the time Ontrack was acquired by Kroll, its annual revenues exceeded $55 million.
Mr. Rogers brings to the board entrepreneurial experience with early-stage technology companies expertise in transitioning companies from single location entities to global enterprises.
Benno G. Sand
Mr. Sand has been a director of the Company since 2001. Since April 2014, Mr. Sand has been President of Strategic Vision, LLC, a company that provides consulting services to Exosite, LLC, a SaaS-based provider of Internet of Things (“IoT”) solutions to industrial and consumer markets. Mr. Sand was also appointed Secretary of Exosite, LLC in August 2015. Since January 2015, Mr. Sand has served on the Executive Committee of Invenshure LLC, a venture capitalist firm that targets investment toward early-state personalized medicine technologies. Until October 2013, he was Executive Vice President, Business Development, at TEL FSI, Inc., a global supplier of wafer-cleaning equipment and technology. From January 2000 until October 2012, when FSI International, Inc. was acquired by Tokyo Electron Ltd., he was FSI’s Executive Vice President, Business Development, Investor Relations and Secretary. During his 31 year tenure at FSI, Mr. Sand served in several executive and financial management roles, including Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. He also served on the boards of several United States, Asian and European based subsidiaries of FSI, Apprecia Technology, Inc., the Company’s Japanese distributor, and other privately-held companies. Throughout his career, he has served as a director of various public and private companies and several community organizations.
Mr. Sand’s extensive knowledge of the capital markets, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and accounting issues from his 31 year career at FSI and experience as a board member of other public and private companies brings to the board the perspective of a leader facing a similar set of current external economic, social and governance issues.
Mr. Magne joined the board after being approved by stockholders at the Company’s 2016 annual meeting. Since 2001, Mr. Magne has been a private investor, focusing on small-cap companies. Prior to 2001, Mr. Magne was a senior vice president in Institutional Trading at Dain Rauscher Wessels, a partner at Wessels, Arnold & Henderson, and a vice president and institutional trader at Dain Bosworth. Mr. Magne has also previously served on the board of directors of several non-profits.
Among other attributes, skills, and qualifications, Mr. Magne provides the company with significant experience as an investor focused on small-cap companies and expertise regarding the current small-cap market.