Diane Cheesebrough

Diane Cheesebrough

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, thebigword

thebigword is on a mission to bring down language barriers around the world. It provides state-of-the-art translation, localisation and interpreting solutions in over 250 languages.

“At thebigword, we passionately believe that language is a final barrier to peace and prosperity,” says Diane Cheesebrough, Deputy Chief Executive Officer. “Translation and interpreting can break these barriers and increase social and economic harmony.”

She leads the day-to-day running of the company’s translation and interpreting business, which spans 10 offices across the world and uses the very latest proprietary technologies to connect global brands and governments with thebigword’s network of 14,000 expert linguists. thebigword is trusted by more than 80% of the top 100 global brands and organisations worldwide.

In the last six years, the group has more than doubled in size, added some very prestigious Silicon Valley clients, and launched a fast-growing defence division, which carries out mission-critical work in conflict zones on behalf of clients such as NATO, the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense.

Diane’s key piece of advice is to keep listening: “Keep listening to what is happening in the market, economy and different departments. If you stop listening you become obsolete.”

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