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About Divergent
Our Team

Our Team

The Divergent team is comprised of professionals with extensive experience in the translation, legal, sales and finance industries.

Brandon Carney
Co-founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Brandon oversees Divergent’s daily operations, focusing on quality control, strategic relationship creation, project execution and sales.  Brandon has spent his entire career in the translation services industry, beginning with industry leader Geotext Translations then TransPerfect Translations.  After spending two years in the New York office of Geotext Translations managing many of its largest and highest profile assignments, Brandon was asked to reestablish its San Francisco office by turning the small satellite sales office into a full-scale sales and production hub.  Under Brandon's leadership and guidance, the San Francisco office realized revenue growth of over 400% and more than quadrupled headcount.  After this successful turnaround, Brandon continued to manage many of the firm's largest transactions, at times overseeing individual project teams of 50 to 75 in-house and freelance resources concurrently.  Upon leaving Geotext, Brandon joined TransPerfect Translations, the largest privately held translation agency in the world.  Brandon's extensive experience provides a unique perspective and an intimate working knowledge of the industry.  Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Philosophy from Gettysburg College.

mark hjerpe

Partner, vice president of Sales

Mark is responsible for the Divergent Sales Team and provides strategic direction for channel management and partnerships. He has played a pioneering role in the growth of the global language services and technology industry and brings to his current position over 14 years of experience building successful global teams and providing oversight and direction to achieve consistent, repeatable revenue. Having lived, worked and studied in Latin America, Asia, and Europe, Mark has firsthand knowledge of the array of issues that confront businesses and individuals in the international marketplace. He successfully leverages this knowledge to guide the multilingual strategies of his global clients. Prior to joining Divergent, Mark spent over a decade as a top revenue generator and sales manager at Translations.com, where he sourced, team-led and closed many of their largest global enterprise relationships. Mark left Translations.com to lead the enterprise sales efforts at Smartling, a SaaS software provider that offers an industry-leading translation management platform. During his tenure there, Smartling doubled in size and is now widely regarded as an emerging leader in localization management technology. Mark brings to Divergent a unique combination of services and software sales and sales management experience and a proven track record on both fronts. He holds a BA in Spanish from Cal State Humboldt and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Francesca Sena

GENERAL COUNSEL

Ms. Sena is responsible for all Divergent legal matters.  Ms. Sena comes to Divergent after practicing law for fifteen years, most recently at The Royal Bank of Scotland where she served as a director and senior counsel responsible for the distressed securities business in North America.  Prior to RBS, Francesca spent five years at Credit Suisse focused on legal issues related to investing in and trading syndicated bank loans.  Prior to her time working as in-house counsel at these global banks, Francesca spent two years at Andrews Kurth LLP as a senior attorney in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice group and four years at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP as an associate in the Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy department.  Before going into the private sector in 1998, Francesca served a one year term as the law clerk to The Honorable Eugene R. Wedoff in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).  Francesca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law where she served as Research Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.