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The Lingotek management team brings decades of experience and a history of managerial and entrepreneurial success. Our executives have stellar track records of combining technical expertise with business insight to develop innovative products that solve problems and enact positive change.

Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO

Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO

As President and CEO of Lingotek, Rob is driving the vision of a company that is looking to change the future of translation.

Prior to being named president of Lingotek in 2008, Vandenberg served as its vice president of sales and marketing where he was a source of guidance and inspiration. Prior to Lingotek, Rob headed up several successful ventures. He was co-founder and CEO of LocalVoice.com, which was acquired by HarrisConnect in 2005. He was named vice president of sales and marketing for HarrisConnect after the acquisition. Before his work with LocalVoice.com and HarrisConnect, he was one of the first 20 U.S. employees at INTERSHOP Communications, where he helped build its worldwide clientele as a top performing sales executive. The INTERSHOP initial public offering was one of the most successful enterprise IPOs in US history boasting a $10B market cap.

Rob holds a bachelor's degree in political economics from UC Berkeley.

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Jeffrey K. Labrum, Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey K. Labrum, Chief Financial Officer

Jeff has more than a dozen years of experience in finance with a solid track record in managing and navigating the financial concerns of many successful companies.

New ventures are not new to Jeff. Prior to joining Lingotek, he was the CFO and later CEO of Chipper Snax, a manufacturing company he took from inception to consolidation.

Jeff worked as Corporate Controller for US Magnesium, a $150 million company, managing and directing the company's financial and cost accounting, external reporting, internal auditing, and financial policy development. He was also the company's principal interface with the external audit team for financial reporting. Additionally, he was an integral part of the development of the company's long-term plan and short-term forecasting.

Prior to US Magnesium, Jeff worked for the international accounting firm of KPMG, LLP in its audit division. While employed there, he specialized in manufacturing and high tech public companies, and was involved with the accounting for numerous entrepreneurial companies in their early development stages. In this capacity, he assisted a wide variety of clients with various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Jeff has also lived overseas for a number of years and is fluent in Danish. He holds a B.A. in accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah.

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Calvin Scharffs, VP Marketing and Product Development

Calvin ScharffsVP Marketing

Calvin is a dedicated executive with over 18 years of experience managing products, sales, marketing, operations, and personnel. His experience ranges from work with a Fortune 500 company to small start-ups.

Prior to joining Lingotek in 2010, Calvin worked for Sendside Networks, a customer and investor communication platform, where he served as vice president of product management. While at Sendside, he not only lead their integrated marketing program but was also a product evangelist and worked closely with the product development team to deliver world-class software.

Prior to working with Sendside Networks, Calvin was VP, Group Program Management Director at McCann Worldgroup where he worked with clients including Microsoft, McAfee, Unisys, VeriSign, and Plantronics. Before working with McCann Worldgroup, he was the Director of Marketing at Compliance Information Systems. Earlier in his career, Calvin was President and CEO of Digital Planet, an internet service provider that was acquired by the Citadel Broadcasting Corporation in 1998.

Calvin holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Utah.  

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Kirk Langston, VP Sales

Kirk LangstonVP Sales

Kirk has 15 years of enterprise software sales and sales leadership experience building high performing global sales teams servicing Global 2000 organizations.

Prior to joining Lingotek, Kirk ran worldwide sales and business development at Venafi, the leading cybersecurity technology company delivering Next-Generation Trust Protection solutions to large enterprises and governments across the world. Kirk drove multi-national expansion of sales, systems engineering, strategic alliances, channel distribution and field operations in North America, EMEA and APAC regions. Earlier in his career, Kirk helped BATM expand emerging IP network data communications technologies into North America and participated in the acquisition of Telco Systems.

Kirk holds a bachelors of accounting degree from the University of Utah.

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VP Customer Experience

Gary SintayVP Engineering

Gary has over 15 years of management experience working in Internet technologies and is passionate about delivering an exceptional customer experience.

As Senior Director of Customer Operations for Verio, he managed a 230-person department of Linux and Windows technical support, billing, quality assurance, and training teams located in Utah and Florida. During his 13-year tenure with Verio, he and his team improved customer satisfaction and raised net promoter scores to an all-time high, while at the same time significantly reducing operational costs.

He also has an extensive engineering and technical background. Prior to Lingotek, Gary worked as Sr. Program Manager for Mozy, one of the world’s most trusted online backup services. While there, he helped design and implement service-oriented architectures such as single sign-on, order, billing, and provisioning systems, and application management systems. Using his skills in German, Gary acted as an on-site implementation resource to one of the largest mobile telephone companies in Germany, successfully helping them integrate and deploy Mozy backup services for their mobile customer base.

Gary has a degree in Computer Information Systems from Ricks College (BYU Idaho).

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Kent Bridges, VP Business Development

Kent Bridges, VP Business Development

Kent Bridges has a broad range of experience in all facets of business development, sales strategy, and building global partnerships. Prior to joining Lingotek in 2008, Kent held Senior Executive positions in a number of Global High Tech companies including SVP Worldwide Sales at DigitalPersona, VoiceObjects, Gadzoox Networks, Zeitnet and Director of North American Sales at Novell.

Kent has a B.S. in Marketing/Finance from Brigham Young University and Post Graduate MBA studies at Seattle University.

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Seth Shearer, VP Services

Seth Shearer, VP Services

For more than 18-years, Seth has worked with high-growth companies in expanding worldwide customer experience and adoption in both sales and professional services.  In his role at Lingotek, Seth is responsible for all customer interactions that occur post sales, including: professional services, customer support and all linguistic services.

Before joining Lingotek, Seth ran the worldwide systems engineering team at Venafi-the leading cyber security company in behind-the-firewall key and certificate management.  In this role he was also responsible for initiating business operations in APAC headquartered in Singapore, and charged with expanding the EMEA footprint.  Prior to this, Seth led the worldwide systems engineering team at MarkLogic-the leader and largest NoSQL DB.  Earlier in his career, Seth was also at Verity where he worked with the Federal technical team spanning both sales and implementations in addition to working with strategic financial services organizations.

Seth holds a bachelors degree from Harvard University.

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Larry Furr, VP Product

Larry Furr, VP Product

Larry has more than 15 years of product management and marketing experience ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies.

He started his career in media relations working for the State of Utah before serving in various senior roles at Nu Skin Enterprises, AutoPoint, Venafi and inContact. Larry first joined Lingotek in 2011, helping to rapidly grow the company by establishing its cloud-based translation management system as a market leader and overseeing the release of numerous integrations with popular enterprise business applications.

Following his four plus years at Lingotek, Larry served as VP of Product at Ghostery. During his time at Ghostery, Larry lead the launch of several new products, including a freemium subscription service for the company’s award-winning Trackermap tool; and a mobile app that quickly rose to be the top paid app for iOS. Larry’s tenure at Ghostery culminated in the complete redesign of the Ghostery browser extension, which helped grow its install base to more than 7 million active users preparatory to it being sold to Hubert Burda Media.

Larry rejoined Lingotek in 2016 and is responsible for product strategy, design and development. He holds a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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