Meet our global team leaders
Stephan Lins, CEO
Since 2001, Stephan has been at the helm steering the company through all kinds of economic tides while maintaining double-digit growth year after year. A 20+ year localization veteran, Stephan is forever on top of the industry and has navigated MediaLocate to a leadership position. Stephan grew up behind the Iron Curtain, in former East Germany, and holds U.S. and German dual citizenship. A lover of wildlife photography, he’s quite handy with the camera. He also kicked one of the longest field goals in the history of Brown University football.
Ilge Karancak, CFO
Ilge brings decades of financial management experience to MediaLocate. Since 1999, she has directed all financial aspects of the business and managed human resources. She’s involved in the community serving as a board member of the Rotary Club (on Cannery Row) and is an executive director at the Turkish-American Association of California. Ilge is a certified hypnotherapist. She’s also a golden-throated singer and composer.
VP of Strategy
Another multi-decade localization pro—and recent import from Ireland—Paul’s been involved in our business as a client and service provider. As a service provider, he’s managed operations teams in the U.S. and Europe. He’s also responsible for building two startups into successful localization companies including Acorn Localizations, from Dublin. A big time sportsman, Paul plays soccer and has taken advantage of his sandy new “backyard” by taking up surfing.
Marcelo Rizzo, Information Architect
Marcelo’s 20-plus year IT career includes working at globalization giants such as Lionbridge, AT&T Language Line, and Lucent. He started with MediaLocate in 2000 and made the company a technology powerhouse. Marcelo is fluent in Spanish and taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He owns over 30,000 comic books, is a Star Trek fan, and has designed a custom solar system for his home. (Can you say “geek?”)
Susan Hanson, Customer Experience Manager
A customer service professional for over 25 years, Susan is a certified ISO Auditor for MediaLocate and has helped create a client care program that’s been recognized as a best practice by TüV Süd, a global technical service and certification leader. Susan believes that our clients deserve the utmost respect and customer service our team is able to provide. She is also Executive Director of Teddy Bears with Heart, a local nonprofit organization she founded in 2005, and the recipient of the 2013 Community Service Award by the United Way. In her spare time, Susan and her dog, Jack, walk in charity events throughout California and on a very rare occasion can be found in her garden tending her roses.
Martiño Prada, Production Manager
Martiño is our Renaissance man. Former English teacher in Vigo, Spain, High School Spanish teacher in Rockford, IL and college professor here at Monterey’s Institute of International Studies (MIIS), Martiño is quite the scholar himself. He holds two bachelor and two master degrees (one on a scholarship presented to him by the King of Spain!) Lover of music, he’s been a Punk-rock singer and hosted several radio shows. Captain of the MIIS Soccer-Football Club, Martiño also enjoys cooking, eating and of course translating and teaching!
Leona Zacek, Vendor Manager
Leona has been a MediaLocate team member since 1999 and her talents have made MediaLocate second to none in recruiting top talent. She is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, speaks Russian and Czech fluently, and is ATA-certified to translate from English to German. She once lived and worked in the Republic of Seychelles, a 155-island country spanning an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. In 1992 Leona participated in the Barcelona Olympics as a member of the Austrian National Handball Team. She also loves golf and rock climbing, and often volunteers at the Monterey SPCA.
Vilma Campos, Systems Engineering Manager
A citizen of Mexico and the U.S., Vilma has over 19 years experience and extensive knowledge of translation automation tools, QA processes, production engineering and computer science. Since 1998, Vilma has led our team of engineers and developers. Vilma is an executive member of BYU Management Society. She enjoys walking on the beach and loves music.
Robin Wienands, Studio Manager
Born in Canada to German parents, Robin began his career in audio nearly 10 years ago. Like many of his MediaLocate colleagues, he leans toward art – Robin plays both classical and jazz piano and trumpet – as well as to technology – having built much of the audio electronics for his personal recording setup. He once worked as a summer intern at a nuclear/particle physics lab. In addition to being our recording studio guru, Robin enjoys hiking, biking, soccer and tennis, and holds both Canadian and German citizenships.
Cindy Brown, Terminology Manager
Cindy has been a MediaLocate team member since 1998. A professional linguist for nearly 20 years, her passion for all things “language” makes her a perfect fit as MediaLocate’s Terminology Manager. A graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, she is a French and Portuguese translator and interpreter, and is ATA-certified to translate from French to English. Her varied interests include public speaking, animal welfare, video games, medicine, law, and Seattle Seahawks football.
Viera Mihalikova, European Office Director
Viera joined us in 2004 when the company established a European office in Slovakia. She works as a production director in Slovakia and her team helps MediaLocate offer non-stop services around the world. She is fluent in Slovak, Czech, Russian and English. A few years ago, Viera translated a philosophy book from English into Slovak. She enjoys adventurous sports including skydiving, fast driving and night swimming.