Paula Shannon

Chief Sales Officer and Senior Vice President, Lionbridge

Shannon manages Lionbridge’s global sales forces and account management teams. In this role, she drives new services and sustainable solutions, develops strategic accounts, and ensures the continued delivery of innovation and execution excellence to a broad range of Global 1000 customers.

Shannon joined Lionbridge in 1999 as Vice President of Internet Alliances and assumed additional responsibilities in 2001. Prior to joining Lionbridge, Shannon was the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of International Sales for Alpnet, Inc., now SDL. She has more than 22 years of experience in the industry, including 10 years in senior roles with Berlitz International in California, Washington, D.C., and Canada, where she drove global accounts and managed a North American sales team.

Shannon is fluent in English, French, and Dutch, and functional in German, Spanish, and Russian. Educated in the US and Belgium, she holds a B.A. in Russian and German with a minor in Linguistics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

In January 2004, Shannon won the coveted International Stevie Award as “Best Sales Executive.” The International Business Awards are the first global, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace. Almost 500 nominations from companies and individuals in more than 30 countries and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in several categories.

As Lionbridge’s Chief Sales Officer, Shannon was recognized for her outstanding leadership and sales achievements in 2003 and her continued commitment to innovation, integrity, and excellence. In 2006, she was honored with a Women in Business award as “Best Canadian Executive.”