Straker was founded in 1999 once Grant & Merryn Straker had stopped partying to Prince. Originally a company that built multilingual content management systems and with customers like Tourism Queensland, the City of Seoul and the European Commission, they were repeatedly asked to integrate translation workflows into their products. Once they started looking at traditional translation methods other agencies were using, they could see that there were far more intelligent, faster and cost effective ways to deliver those translation services, than the way it was being done.
So, in 2009 they pivoted, and started to offer translation services directly leveraging the smart tools they had built to deliver faster and more cost effective translations. Since then they have grown into an international company and are providing professional human translations to a customer list of some of the Worlds largest and most innovative companies. These include the likes of Caterpillar, Thales, BP, Sony, Fuji Xerox and new exciting technology companies like Mailchimp and Hootsuite who see the value in the speed, quality and customer service offered by Straker.
Straker now has sales offices in nine countries and two major production centres, one in Barcelona, Spain and one in Australasia. By having two production centres on either side of the world they can offer outstanding 24/7 uninterrupted service to their customers. With staff that speak over 12 languages they liaise with our over 5,000 professional translators to ensure a speed, quality and simplicity that has been the backbone to the company’s growth.
Some of the Straker Head Office Team April 2013
Programmer, Engineer, Paratrooper, Ironman, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Musician and Dad - Grant wears many hats and has had an incredibly varied set of experiences over the past 20 years. As one of the founders of Straker, Grant's wide ranging experiences and skills place him in an ideal position to drive the growth of Straker as it continues to grow its Global presence.
David has over 10 years experience in the Internet and tech industry. David is a Director in Straker and founder of Sportsys Pty Ltd. David's background in statistics and data analysis and his strong entrepreneurial drive have placed him in an ideal position to help accelerate the growth of a number of early stage ventures. He has proven experience in building businesses and has been directly responsible for growing a number of companies from start-up phase and growing start-up units within larger organisations. David has an Undergraduate Degree in Science from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Management from CQU and a Masters of Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin.
Indiver (Indy) has been working in the area of web application development for over 17 years. During this time, he has been involved with various companies across different parts of the world -- US, Canada, Australia, India and New Zealand. Over the years, Indy has worked in different aspects of software development -- programming, project management, content development, training and consulting. As the CTO of Straker, Indy is responsible for setting the technical direction of the company across its multi-lingual translation product sets. Indy is a certified Adobe trainer and spends more and more time on a plane training and meeting new clients and partners all over the world.
In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Merryn looks after the day-to-day running of Straker globally and makes sure that every touch point with the company runs smoothly from Client Projects to Finance and everything between. After completing a Bachelor of Management Studies at Waikato University (1992), majoring in Management and HR, Merryn started work at CLEAR Communications, where she undertook a variety of administration, supervision and customer service roles. Following that experience, Merryn joined the pharmaceutical sector working as a Marketing Assistant before being promoted to a Product Manager position at Amcal Chemists.
Steve is a former partner of Ernst & Young. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the U.K. and has operated within the IT and finance industry in New Zealand for a number of years. Steve acts as Straker's Finance Director and has been working with technology companies across a range of industries.
Steve sits on the board of several companies including Software accounting firm Greentree and food company EasyYo.
Brooke is a Senior Investment Analyst for Milford Asset Management. He previously worked for Macquarie Securities in New Zealand as a Senior Research Analyst covering a variety of sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, mining and oil & gas. He was ranked as one of the top three analysts in a number of INFINZ awards in 2012, 2011 and 2010. Prior to joining Macquarie he was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in London, covering Pan-European retail companies. He also worked for the corporate finance and property team of Marks and Spencer in the UK and as a management consultant for Cap Gemini. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. Brooke is a CFA charter holder.