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Our Team

It is the caliber of the people, their work ethic, and their passion for excellence that drives Morningside. With an in-house staff of over 150 employees and a network of over 8,000 linguists worldwide, the Morningside team maintains the highest standards for excellence and the dedication to make each client’s needs our top priority.

Here are a few key members of our team:

Roland Lessard

Co-CEO

As Co-CEO of Morningside, Roland focuses on the company’s operations, products, and technology.  Roland was previously Chief Product Officer and an Executive Committee member at background screening industry leader Sterling Talent Solutions.  A veteran of content management and technology-enabled business services, Roland joined Sterling when it was a founder-led enterprise and built Sterling’s first-ever product organization and was accountable for the entire global product strategy, P&L, and M&A integration.  Roland began his career in operational and business transformation roles at Saint-Gobain and AdvoValassis.  Roland holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Western New England. His training and certifications include Lean Manufacturing (CLBM), 6 Sigma (Black Belt), Quality Controls (CQC), Project Management and Supply Chain management (APICS / CPIM).

Tom Klein

Co-CEO

As Co-CEO of Morningside, Tom invests his time in the company’s customers, partners, and employees. A veteran of content management and technology-enabled business services, Tom was previously Executive Vice President and an Executive Committee member at background screening industry leader Sterling Talent Solutions. Tom joined Sterling when it was a founder-led enterprise and oversaw business development and new venture activities that helped grow Sterling into the world’s largest background screening company. Tom began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and spent a year with American International Group in Thailand as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Shai Jalfin

SVP of Global Sales

As SVP of Global Sales, Shai oversees global sales strategy and implementation for both new and existing markets. Shai works closely with account teams and operations to ensure high quality production and continuous improvement for Morningside’s clients. In addition, he manages strategic accounts as well as his personal portfolio of patent and legal clients. Shai is fluent in Hebrew and Spanish and holds a B.A. in Economics and Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Eric Munz

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Eric manages Morningside’s global operations team and helps deliver technology-driven language solutions to clients. A well-known veteran of the language services industry, Eric most recently served as the VP of Worldwide Sourcing, Business Transformation and Machine Translation at Lionbridge. Eric holds a BS in Finance from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA in management from Seton Hall University.

Michael Wurtz

SVP of Finance

As SVP of Finance, Michael is responsible for global financial operations, planning, and reporting, with a focus on scaling our finance function to support Morningside’s current and future growth.  His previous experience includes establishing and professionalizing finance functions at high-growth, technology-enabled companies such as Sterling Talent Solutions, Wheels Up and Marquis Jet Partners. Michael holds a BA in Accounting from Pace University, an MBA in Finance from Fordham University, and is a CPA in the state of New York.

Elizabeth Schilowitz

Chief Human Resources Officer

As CHRO, Elizabeth manages Morningside’s talent strategies. Elizabeth joined Morningside  in 2005 and has held previous positions in sales and management. In her previous roles, Elizabeth has led the finance department, and headed up the corporate development team, where she sourced and closed all three of Morningside’s acquisitions to date.  Elizabeth received a B.A. in History from Columbia University and a MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

Alissa Sole

VP of Strategic Account Management

As VP of Strategic Account Management, Alissa is focused on strengthening and expanding large client relationships and improving overall customer satisfaction. She acts as liaison between key customers and internal teams and develops solutions to ensure that client goals are met. Alissa graduated with a B.A. in Biotechnology and Economics from Claremont McKenna College and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU.

Scott Bass

VP of Professional Services

As Vice President for Morningside’s Professional Services Group, Scott is focused on onboarding new clients, building the foundation for strong client relationships, and ensuring customer satisfaction. With over 25 years’ experience in the language services industry, Scott was formerly the founder and owner of an independent translations services company since 1994. He joined the Morningside team in 2015.

Scott has a Master’s degree in German Studies from the University of Rochester, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Language and Chemistry from the University of New York at Binghamton. He has lived, studied and worked in both Austria and Germany.

Dylan Blaney

VP of Business Development

As VP, Business Development, Dylan leverages his legal expertise to provide comprehensive language solutions to law firms and in-house legal teams. Under Dylan’s leadership, Morningside’s legal group advises international law firms and corporate legal and compliance departments around the world on legal translation and interpretation best practices.  Prior to his current role, Dylan oversaw the company’s international project management team and has more than 7 years’ experience in language service industry.

Riley Russell

Director of Product, Legal

As Director of Product, Legal, Riley works to create world-class products that provide tailored language solutions to clients in the legal field. She leverages her industry experience to optimize current product offerings and develop new product strategy. Riley joined Morningside in 2015, and previously served as manager of the Legal operations team. She holds a B.A. in Spanish, Portuguese, and Sociology from Tulane University.

Julien Villa

VP of Global Quality

As VP of Global Quality, Julien ensures that Quality is Morningside’s top priority and that the company continues to achieve the highest Quality Standards in the translation industry. He has worked in IP for more than 15 years, both in Paris and New York, and has extensive knowledge of both the French and American legal systems. Julien is also a technology enthusiast and is well versed in a broad spectrum of new technologies. Julien has a Master of Mathematics degree and a law degree from Strasbourg University.

Ethan Perlson

VP of Marketing

As VP of Marketing, Ethan is responsible for Morningside’s overall marketing strategy and implementing global marketing campaigns. In addition to strategic business development efforts, he directs media relations, branding, advertising and website development. Ethan has more than 15 years of experience in journalism, marketing, communications and public relations. Ethan is fluent in Hebrew. He holds a B.A in Journalism from SUNY Purchase.

Jamie Sirota

Director of Product for Global Platforms

As Director of Product for Global Platforms, Jamie works to ensure that operational platforms support the full range of Morningside’s product offerings and remain at the forefront of technology. Jamie works closely with stakeholders to optimize platform usage and improve platform integrations for a seamless flow of information. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University, having studied Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. Jamie also took Master’s coursework in computational linguistics at CUNY Graduate Center.

Sam Wu

VP of Product, Localization

As VP of Product, Localization, Sam draws on his experience in operations, business development and technology to ensure that Morningside has best-in-class products and platforms that provide optimal solutions to clients. Sam joined Morningside in 2008, and has helped expand Morningside product offerings in e-learning, multimedia, machine translation and mobile applications.  Sam has a B.A. from the University of Redlands and a M.Sc. in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Danny Fink

Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Danny runs Morningside’s localization practice and develops and delivers technology-driven language solutions and programs to corporations.  Danny and his team’s client focus is in the areas of corporate communications, training and development, e-learning, human resources, and marketing.  Danny holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from The Ohio State University, and has worked in the language industry since 2011.

Abe Holczer

Director of IP Product Management

As Director, IP Product Management, Abe works closely with Morningside’s IP sales team, Operations and Technology Departments to ensure that all IP translation and filing requests are fulfilled in a tailored manner for each client’s needs. In this role, Abe is also responsible for new IP product launches and service offerings that increase customer satisfaction. Abe joined Morningside’s Intellectual Property Team in 2014, and brings more than a decade of experience in Operations Management servicing patent prosecution and patent litigation clients.  Abe has a B.S. from Yeshiva University.

Gadi Rivkin

VP of Global Technology

As VP of Global Technology, Gadi has implemented industry-leading technology to create custom platforms that enhance the client experience, including Morningside’s proprietary client portal. Additionally, Gadi has taken the lead on creating and implementing efficient quality control and management processes for Morningside’s largest clients. Gadi graduated from Yeshiva University in 2008. He majored in Political Science, with a minor in foreign languages, focusing on Arabic and French.

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