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Translation & Localization Team

Bringing out the best in the best

Our team is comprised of leaders in their respective fields who share a spirit of dedication, collaboration and fun. As a result, we have a great time working together and it shows. It shows in the quality of our client partnerships and in the caliber of our work, which translates to high-quality, on-time deliverables for our clients.

Our Leadership team

Here are a few of our key players. Feel free to contact them to learn more about what they do and how Acclaro can help you localize your next project.

Michael Kriz, Founder & President
Rachel Ferris, Vice President, Operations
Alessia Petrucci, Translation Director

Michael Kriz, Founder & President

As Acclaro’s founding president, Michael is responsible for setting the vision and guiding the growth of Acclaro worldwide.

Michael founded Acclaro in 2002 and quickly grew the organization from a boutique New York firm into a global enterprise with offices and affiliates on four continents. With more than 20 years in the industry, Michael draws on experiences founding and managing localization endeavors — from his first foray into the industry creating a small translation company in Paris to working with leading global entities.

Michael holds an MBA from Babson College and a BA from Tulane University. Michael still enjoys frequent travel, plays soccer most Saturday mornings and windsurfs whenever the opportunity arises. Contact Michael at

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Rachel Ferris, Vice President, Operations

Rachel oversees all processes, quality and testing, and new business at Acclaro.

Rachel entered the localization field in 1996 and quickly took on leadership roles overseeing complex translation projects with responsibilities for ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery to recruiting translators, editors, publishers and other language professionals. She transitioned to Lionbridge as a manager of localization analysis and later knowledge manager, where she directed process development, implementation and evaluation.

Rachel earned her BA in American Studies from Siena College with a concentration in French, and graduated cum laude. She has a working knowledge of French and loves cooking and working in her garden with her son and daughter. Contact Rachel at

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Alessia Petrucci, Translation Director

Alessia has over 15 years of experience in the localization and translation industry with a background in full-service translation management specializing in technical, marketing and business verticals.

Prior to joining Acclaro, Alessia worked at Microsoft in Dublin translating technical and software related materials from English into Italian. At J.D. Edwards (later PeopleSoft and Oracle) in Denver, she translated consumer, technical, financial and software related services from English into Italian. As a manager at PeopleSoft, she oversaw a team of 20 translators working in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Japanese with teams in Madrid, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. As a freelancer, Alessia has led translation projects for a variety of technical, scientific, marketing and literary materials. Contact Alessia at

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