Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Unicode Welcomes New Board Members!

Giammarresi (left) and Chilana (right)
The Unicode Consortium is pleased to welcome Salvatore “Salvo” Giammarresi of Airbnb and Kulpreet Chilana of Apple to its Board of Directors effective this month.

At its annual member meeting last November, the representatives of Unicode’s Full Level members unanimously elected Salvo and Kulpreet and renewed the terms of Brent Getlin (Adobe) and Teresa Marshall (Salesforce).

Salvo is the Head of Localization at Airbnb and a Board Member at Clear Global (formerly known as Translators without Borders). Previously he held global leadership roles at several technology companies including PayPal and Yahoo. He is a published author and speaker on numerous topics, including localization, internationalization, global program management, and international product management.

Kulpreet has worked in software localization at Apple for 8 years and has more than 12 years of experience in the localization and internationalization industry. He is passionate about using all parts of the software stack to preserve the richness of human culture. He currently manages a team of software engineers that evangelize localization across Apple’s platforms, build features for Apple’s international users and own the localization infrastructure in Xcode.

“We’re excited to have Salvo and Kulpreet join us — they both bring extensive experience in localization and internationalization to the Unicode board,” said Mark Davis, Unicode’s board chair and co-founder, “as well as providing different perspectives on technology and priorities. Speaking for the board, I’d also like to thank David Singer, who has retired from the board after 6 years. Aside from many other contributions, David has helped immensely with pivotal transitions in governance.”

Further information on the Unicode Board can be found here.

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