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International Business is Focus of Lecture by Former Microsoft Executive

(Posted January 31, 2006)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A former executive at Microsoft, Anil Singh-Molares, will lecture on "Don't Put Words in My Mouth!" at Juniata College at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Singh-Molares's talk will focus on the importance of making the meaning of every message clear when translating business communications in international markets. He also will focus on how his liberal arts education played a critical role in his business success, both at Microsoft and as an entrepreneur. His talk is part of Juniata's "Cross-Cultural Dialogues" lectures this academic year. The talk is sponsored by the Will Judy endowment.

Singh-Molares is now chief executive officer of Echomundi LLC, a company he founded in 2004 as an international services company focused on international product development. Based in Bellevue, Wash., the firm offers services such as international consultations, language services, and internationalization services.

Singh-Molares was the architect of Microsoft's company-wide international outsourcing program, called the Strategic Partner Program, and played a significant role on the software giant's international business efforts.

He started at Microsoft in 1991 as group language manager, where he oversaw a team of 40 translators and language specialists. He was promoted to director of vendor relations, where he implemented Microsoft's outsourcing program. Singh-Molares became senior director of vendor relations, where he managed all internationalization vendors for Microsoft's Consumer Groups and oversaw all international marketing for such products as Encarta, MSN, PC Games, X-box and Mobile Devices.

He started his career in 1985 as a journalist for InterPress News Service in New York City. He covered the United Nations and edited the service's Science and Technology newsletter. He worked as executive coordinator for Global Forum from 1987 to 1988 and went on to become director of the translation and interpretation department for the Boston Language Institute from 1989 to 1991.

He received a bachelor's degree in 1980 from the United Nations International School and also earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and philosophy in 1984 from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He earned a master's degree in 1989 in theological studies from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

He also is a founder and member of the board of directors for the Pre-eclampsia Foundation.

The Will Judy Lectureship Series was established by Captain Will Judy, an attorney, soldier, author, and publisher who graduated from Juniata in 1911. Most of his work involved publications about dogs, including the writing of eight books, editing a dog encyclopedia, and serving as publisher for Dog World magazine. Will Judy established the lectureship series in 1960 in order to supplement and enrich the academic program at the college.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.