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Richard Hall
I am a British/Swiss dual national now resident in Zurich, Switzerland. I grew up near Gloucester, south-west England, and studied Modern Languages at Oxford University, UK, and Ruprecht-Karls Universität, Heidelberg, Germany. After graduating, I began learning the craft of translation at two very different organisations - DaimlerChrysler in Stuttgart and the European Commission Translation Service in Luxembourg - before moving to Berne in early 2001 to become a staff translator for Swisscom Group. Towards the end of 2001 I relocated to Zurich and joined Swiss Re, where I spent over five years working as a translator/editor. During this time my work evolved from pure translation into a broader mix of writing, editing and coordinating large projects, including the Group’s annual report and other publications for senior management. I completed a Subediting & Design diploma at the London School of Journalism (LSJ) in 2005 and founded MOTIF Executive Communications in October 2006.

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Veronika Hall Abraham
I am a Hungarian/Canadian/Swiss triple national who grew up in Szeged, Hungary and Toronto, Canada. I studied History at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada and Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany. Before settling in Zurich in 2002, I lived and worked in a variety of places including Lörrach, London, Luxembourg and Budapest. I had jobs in retail sales (Lucien Schweitzer), consulting (CANOR International), a hedge fund (RMF/Man Investments) and private banking (Credit Suisse) before joining MOTIF part-time in 2015. My work here has evolved from back office project management and admin to front office sales and editing. As more and more people in Switzerland write in English, there is growing demand for editing drafts written by non-native speakers - work that requires not only precision but also the ability to communicate clearly, yet kindly, in Swiss German why certain changes are required. Meeting new clients fascinates me and I enjoy finding out about their businesses, whether manufacturing industrial valves or whiskey, writing code or research papers, creating new brands or robots. Swiss businesses have a lot to offer the world and I am pleased to play my part in getting the word out.