LUZ Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Joe Lugo to direct global operations for leading language services provider
May 18, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO—LUZ, Inc., a leading provider of language services to the life science industry, announced today the appointment of Joe Lugo as its new COO. Effective immediately, Mr. Lugo will take over responsibility for LUZ’s day-to-day operations across all office locations, both in the US and abroad.

A licensed CPA with an MBA in International Business, Mr. Lugo brings to LUZ over 25 years of experience in finance and operations, having most recently served in finance and operational roles at Saatchi & Saatchi and Naked Communications.  Throughout his career, Mr. Lugo has been able to combine his strategic and financial expertise with operational insight to drive bottom line results.

“Joe has been in charge of Finance and Human Resources for several months,” explained Monique Rivas, Co-founder and CEO of LUZ. “During that time we were impressed by his energy, commitment, and acumen. From the start, he was willing to roll up his sleeves and do what’s necessary to move the company forward. It became clear immediately that he was destined to play a big role.”

“Joe is a very valuable addition to the LUZ leadership team,” added Sanford Wright, Co-founder and President of LUZ. “His skills in financial management and his wide-ranging experience in operations at top-tier, global B2B enterprises will ensure that LUZ can further improve the efficiency of its back-office systems as well as sharpen its production capabilities.”

“I’m very excited to take on this expanded role at LUZ,” replied Mr. Lugo. “LUZ is already at the forefront of the translation business and poised for exciting growth. Its life science focus and its commitment to quality and transparency are known in the industry and are clear signs of a well-considered positioning.”

Mr. Lugo’s appointment will allow Co-founders Rivas and Wright to focus on strategy and business development as LUZ continues to expand its operations and develop its service offering.

About LUZ, Inc.

Founded in 1994, LUZ is the world’s leading language translation company for life sciences. With a special focus on medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and clinical research organizations, we simplify and speed up entry into global markets by delivering accurate and compliant translations of product and regulatory documentation. LUZ is a certified women- and minority-owned business and maintains quality certifications to ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and EN 15038 standards.

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