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Global CEOs Who Lack Language Skills Get Lost in Translation

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Facing thousands of Deutsche Bank AG investors, many of them mutinous, Anshu Jain knew a lot was riding on his speech at the annual meeting of Germany’s largest bank.

“On this day, every word matters,” Jain said in German at the May gathering. For that reason, he said he’d continue in his mother tongue. The Indian-born British national delivered the rest of the 2,000-word address in English.