Charles Pau

Before founding C5 English Services, Charles Pau was Director of Globalization Architecture and Technology at IBM, where he was responsible for defining the overall software and hardware architecture and selecting the technology components that allow IBM products to support over 50 languages and work in over 150 regions and cultures. He was also responsible for the development of IBM internal translation management tools and a set of components for linguistic analytics. He was the driving force behind the creation of the IBM Software Globalization Service. The Service, launched in 2006, was designed to use IBM’s extensive experience to assist IBM customers enhance their applications to support international expansions. As a key member of the Service, he led several engagements in U.S.A., China, and Europe.

He joined Lotus Development Corporation (which was acquired by IBM in 1995) in Singapore in 1989 where he established and managed software localization and translation centers in Singapore, Taipei, Seoul, and Beijing. In 1994 he established a development center and a quality engineering center for Lotus in Beijing to serve the product development teams in the United States. He moved to the Boston area in 1995 as Director of International Product Management, a position he held until 2000 when he became the Director of Globalization Architecture and Technology for all of IBM.

Prior to Lotus, he established the Asia-Pacific Development Centre for Cullinet Software, Inc, and served as its director. Before moving to Singapore to assume that position, he held several regional management positions for Data General Corporation in Hong Kong, including MIS, Systems Engineering, and Marketing.

He is frequent speakers at conferences on the various aspects of software globalization. His keynote address at the LISA (Localization Industry Standards Association) Conference in Beijing in 2007 on the challenges of translating Chinese materials into English was voted the best presentation of the conference.

He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.