Phil Shawe

Entrepreneur. Global Citizen. Philanthropist. Travel and Technology Enthusiast. CEO of TransPerfect.


Phil Shawe is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of TransPerfect, a global family of companies and the world’s largest privately held provider of language and business services. Phil has overseen the day-to-day operations of the company for over 25 years, and grown the business from two people to an industry leader with over 4,000 employees and 100 offices worldwide.


Under Phil’s leadership, TransPerfect has received numerous awards and distinctions. The company is a seven-time honoree of the Inc. 5000 Award, a six-time honoree of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and has earned multiple Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service. Phil has been named Entrepreneur of the Year for New York City by Ernst & Young, and named to Crain’s New York prestigious “40 Under 40 list” as one of the top young executives in New York. Crain’s has also ranked TransPerfect as one of the largest privately held companies nine years in a row. TransPerfect was also named to fastest-growing lists six times by Entrepreneur.

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The Law School Challenge

The Philip R. Shawe Scholarship Challenge Gala Wraps with over $115K Awarded to Law Students.

University of Miami Levin School of Law recent graduate Steven Hermosa took the top prize of $65K,

with Yale’s Alison Tilden and McKay Neumeuster and Suffolk University’s Catherine Dowie walking

away tied for second place and $25K.  The competition initially called for three top prizes of $65K,

$25K and $10K, but the judges were deadlocked on the second and third place contenders,

and asked Shawe if he would agree to offer two second place awards and forgoing third place.


At the gala, Shawe made a public offer to his co-CEO Liz Elting, with whom he has been battling

for control of the company – Elting can name her price for TransPerfect, any price she wants,

and Shawe will have the option to buy or sell at the price Elting sets.  It is an offer that Professor

Alan Dershowitz, one of the judges of the competition and an attorney for 1% TransPerfect

shareholder Shirley Shawe, said was the “Paradigm of Justice.”

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Phil Shawe Charity Gala

Guests enjoyed the best views of the Manhattan skyline from the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Rooftop,

followed by a Gala Dinner, Awards Presentation, and Concert featuring Tainted Love with a late night

special appearance by Snoop Dogg.

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