CETRA Language Solutions Celebrates 20th Anniversary

— CETRA Celebrates the Anniversary of Two Decades of Helping People Understand Each Other and the World Around Them —

CETRA's 20th Anniversary LogoCETRA Language Solutions, a leading provider of translation, interpretation and other language services, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Over the past two decades, the company has transformed from a one-person startup into a top-100 global language company with seven offices in five countries.

CETRA was founded in 1997 by Jiri Stejskal, who immigrated to the US as a political refugee from Czechoslovakia nine years earlier. He was a freelance translator and a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania when the opportunity came along to start a language company in order to support international litigation at a major Philadelphia law firm.

According to Stejskal, the company’s anniversary means more than just two decades of providing language services to clients.

Jiri Stejskal, PhD, President and CEO, CETRA
Jiri Stejskal, PhD, President and CEO, CETRA

“Our purpose is to help people better understand each other and the world around them. It has been truly rewarding to have had the opportunity to carry out that mission each day for the last 20 years,” said Stejskal, now serving as the President and CEO of CETRA. “As an immigrant, I am thrilled to have the ability to help people communicate across borders.”

Today CETRA provides language services to government, nonprofit, and corporate clients, including the market research, legal, and life science industries. CETRA has grown exponentially since its founding, has been featured regularly on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies, and has received the US Chamber of Commerce’s annual Blue Ribbon award for the past eight years.

Through its “Doing Good” initiative, CETRA has also supported various charities that work to relieve illness, provide disaster relief, strengthen communities and promote cultural exchanges around the world.

“I am truly privileged to have worked with so many wonderful people, staff, clients, and vendors  for the past 20 years,” said Stejskal. “I am grateful for the fantastic staff here at CETRA; their dedication and teamwork has made my ‘American Dream’ a reality. Likewise, many thanks to all of our customers and vendors for your partnership. We worked hard to build your trust, and our growth would not have been possible without you.”


CETRA provides language services to businesses and institutions around the world, including translation, foreign language and American Sign Language interpretation, website localization, software localization, multilingual typesetting, voice-overs and transcriptions in over 200 languages. Its global network of more than 5,000 professional linguists, and its dedicated staff in Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, Ireland, Germany, South Korea, and Ghana provides professional, responsive service that saves clients time, simplifies the process and makes working with CETRA a pleasure. CETRA is ISO 9001 and EN 15038 certified.


Contact: Angela Wende, Chief Marketing Officer, 215.635.7090 x148