About US

Who are we?

Straker Translations is a cloud-enabled translation services provider and are one of the world’s fastest growing translation companies. Out of over 27,000 vendors globally it is ranked in the top 100 translation vendors by the industry’s leading research organization. Over the last 5 years, it has built a technology platform that enables human translators to deliver faster and more accurate translations, lowering the cost and time to deliver translations.

Where are we?

We have sales offices in nine countries including a number in the USA & Canada, Australia, Singapore, the UK, Ireland and Germany.

We are a global company with major production centres in Barcelona, Spain, Denver, USA, Dublin, Ireland and in Auckland, New Zealand – Some of the most amazing and multicultural cities in the world. By having the production centres on opposite sides of the world we are able to offer a continuous 24/7 service to our customers. With staff that speak over 12 languages, they liaise with our over 5,000 professional translators and 10,000+ customers to ensure a speed, quality and simplicity that has been the backbone to our outstanding service.

If I call you who will I speak to?

Ideally, you will be calling the local sales office but depending on the time of the day you may be routed to either one of our production centres or directly to a regional sales office. If you are a business customer you will most likely be put through to one of our business specialist who can offer the best deals and talk to you about our various offerings including our per hour translation rates.

Can I come into your offices

Yes, absolutely. We can organise a time to meet with you in any of our sales offices in the USA, Australia, Singapore, UK, Ireland, Spain and New Zealand to discuss your needs. Just bring your business documents and your questions. If you prefer to do business without leaving your chair, talk with one of the team via our online chat, email us or upload your documents and we will get back to you in a few minutes.

Management Team

Grant Straker – CEO
Award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, paratrooper, ironman, volunteer fire fighter, musician and dad – Grant wears many hats and has had an incredibly varied set of experiences over the past 30 years. As one of the founders of Straker Translations, Grant’s wide-ranging experiences and skills place him in an ideal position to drive the growth of the company as it continues to expand its global presence.

Twitter: @gstraker

Merryn Straker – Chief Operating Officer
In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Merryn oversees Straker Translations’ global production systems and teams, making sure that every touch point within the company runs smoothly – from client projects to finance and everything in between. She has a Bachelor of Management Studies (majoring in Management and HR), from Waikato University.

David Sowerby – Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer
David has more than 10 years’ experience in the Internet and tech industry. He is the sales manager at Straker Translations and founder of Sportsys Pty Ltd. His background in statistics and data analysis, and his strong entrepreneurial drive, helps accelerate the growth of a number of early stage ventures. He has proven experience in building businesses, and has been directly responsible for growing a number of companies from start-up phase and growing start-up units within larger organisations. David has an Undergraduate Degree in Science from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Management from CQU and a Masters of Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin.

Indiver Nagpal – Chief Platform Officer
Indy has been working in web application development for more than 17 years at various companies in the US, Canada, Australia, India and New Zealand. Over the years, Indy has been involved in different aspects of software development from programming to project management, content development, training and consulting. As the CPO of Straker Translations, Indy is responsible for setting the technical direction of the company across its multilingual translation product sets.

Kim Andrews – Chief People Officer
Kim works alongside the leadership team to provide operational support to improve the performance, production, and efficiency of the business. Her main responsibilities include managing every aspect of human resources and administering best practice, plus overseeing day-to-day office operations, the co-ordination and supervision of policies and procedures, and employee engagement.
Prior to joining Straker – Kim was in the Telco industry for 16 years and has a strong background in Leadership, HR and Credit Management.
Haydn Marks – Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Haydn oversees the Group’s Finance function. Responsible for general financial management, compliance, board reporting, commercial contract review, tax, planning and cashflow management. With more than 17 years’ financial management experience, Haydn has worked in professional services, as well as, global finance and tech companies, based in London. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Business from Massey University.


Phil Norman – Chairman
Phil was the founding Chairman of Xero Limited, one of New Zealand’s most successful publicly listed technology companies, and retired from Xero’s Board in July 2012 after five years’ service. Phil’s current director roles include the Independent Chairmanship of Loyalty New Zealand Limited and Chair of NZAX listed VMob Group Limited. He also holds director positions in a number of other SME’s. Phil is Managing Director of Nortek Management Services Limited, a boutique business advisory firm providing investment banking, strategy and governance services for growth companies. He has over thirty years experience working with small and mid-sized companies in a number of industry sectors and has been an owner, manager, director and investor in a number of local and international businesses.

Phil served as Chairman of the New Zealand Venture Capital Association during 2002 and 2003 and was for six years a member of NZTE’s New Zealand Beachheads Advisory Board, resigning in June 2010.

Grant Straker
Programmer, Engineer, Paratrooper, Ironman, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Musician and Dad – Grant wears many hats and has had an incredibly varied set of experiences over the past 20 years. As one of the founders of Straker, Grant’s wide-ranging experiences and skills place him in an ideal position to drive the growth of Straker as it continues to grow its Global presence.
Twitter: @gstraker

Steve Donovan
Steve is a former partner of Ernst & Young. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the U.K. and has operated within the IT and finance industry in New Zealand for a number of years. Steve acts as Straker’s Finance Director and has been working with technology companies across a range of industries.

Tim Williams
Tim founded ValueClick Japan KK in 1998 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Tim founded ValueCommerce Co. Ltd. (Formerly Trans Pacific Inc.) in 1996. Mr Williams is one of the original pioneers in the Japanese Internet and advertising industry. His vision and record of achievement are mirrored through the success and growth of ValueCommerce. He came back to Transpacific Inc. with a vision to develop a performance marketing platform as a new project which launched in November 1999. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of ValueCommerce and focused on M&A and other strategic business development opportunities for ValueCommerce. Mr Williams served as the Chairman of ValueCommerce Co. Ltd since 2006. He has been a Director of The Icehouse Limited since June 2012. Tim graduated from Canterbury University with a BSc in Molecular biology.

Paul Wilson
Paul has had extensive private equity investment experience as a Director of CHAMP Private Equity in Sydney and New York, with MetLife in London, and as Executive Director at media focused investment group, Illyria Pty Ltd. Paul is Chairman of SiteMinder and iPRO and a Director of Viocorp International, Yellow Pages (New Zealand), the Rajasthan Royals IPL cricket franchise, and ASX listed Vita Group Limited. Paul has a B. Bus, Banking and Finance from QUT and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Katrina Johnson
Katrina is an independent director of Trade Me Group Limited, and a member of its Audit and Risk Management Committee. Trade Me operates New Zealand’s largest online marketplace, and is a dual ASX and NZX listed business with a market cap of approximately NZ$2 billion. Katrina was named “General Counsel of the Year” at the 2017 Australian Law Awards and “General Counsel of the Year” at the 2017 Women in Law Awards.

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