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Severance Agreement - Lionbridge Technologies Inc. and Christoph Heck

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This agreement (the "Agreement") is entered into between Lionbridge
Technologies, Inc. ("Lionbridge"), on its own behalf and on behalf of its
officers, agents, directors, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns and
successors (collectively, "Lionbridge") and Christoph Heck (on your own behalf
and on behalf of your heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns) regarding
the termination of your employment with Lionbridge.

In consideration of the mutual covenants and undertakings set forth herein, you
and Lionbridge hereby agree as follows:

1. Your employment with Lionbridge will end on October 13, 2000 (the "Effective

2. You will continue to provide services satisfactory to Lionbridge in your
current capacity until your Effective Date. Thereafter, upon our mutual
agreement, you may provide consulting services to Lionbridge upon mutually
agreed upon terms.

3. You will notify Lionbridge within one week of accepting new employment of the
name and address thereof, provided that the beginning date of such employment is
within 9 months from the Effective Date.

4. You will not disclose or use any of Lionbridge's Confidential Information (as
defined below) or use or disclose Confidential Information entrusted to
Lionbridge by others to any non-Lionbridge person, corporation, or other entity.
Lionbridge's Confidential Information shall mean business information of any
nature and in any form which, at the time or times concerned, is not generally
known to those persons engaged in business similar to that conducted by the
Company and which relates to any one or more of the aspects of the present
business of the Company, and shall also include any confidential information of
any kind pertaining to a client, business partner, or supplier of the Company,
which information was obtained by you during the term of your employment.

5. For a period of one year following the Effective Date, you will not
directly or indirectly, personally or through others, solicit or attempt to
solicit (on your own behalf or on behalf of any other person or entity) the
employment of any employee of the Company or any of the Company's affiliates,
provided that in no event shall the provisions of this paragraph 5 be deemed to
impose any obligation on yourself with respect to any solicitation where you
neither have any control over, nor participate in, such action. Without limiting
the generality


of the foregoing, if you request or consent (whether in writing or otherwise)
that a third party (such as an employee of a recruiting firm) take any action
which, if taken by yourself, would be a violation of the foregoing provisions of
this paragraph 5, you shall be deemed to have taken such action.

6. You will settle all expense accounts and advances made by Lionbridge to you
and complete all other procedures required of terminating employees, and by the
Effective Date you will have returned to Lionbridge all property provided by
Lionbridge to you including all credit, identification, and entry cards,
equipment, and all documents, records, papers, notebooks, and other materials
and copies thereof (regardless of the medium on which the copy is made) related
to or including any information which is confidential to Lionbridge.

7. Lionbridge, without admitting and while expressly denying the commission of
any wrongful act, including but not limited to any violations of any federal,
state or local fair employment practice law, or other employment practice law,
or other employer duty or other employment-related obligation (all of which are
hereinafter referred to as "employment relations laws") or other equity, will
provide the following:

a. Continuation of your current base salary of $132,500 for the period beginning
on the Effective Date and ending with the earlier of (i) six months from the
Effective Date or (ii) the earlier of the date you accept employment with any
entity which competes with Lionbridge.

b. If, after using diligent efforts, you have not secured full-time employment
by the date that is six months from the Effective Date, additional continuation
of your current base salary for the period beginning on the date that is six
months from the Effective Date and ending with the earlier of (i) the date that
is nine months from the Effective Date or (ii) the earlier of the date you
accept employment with any entity that competes with Lionbridge.

Actual payment of amounts described in Paragraph 7(a) shall be in accordance
with then current Lionbridge payroll practices. Each payment made shall be less
any amount required of Lionbridge by law to be withheld or elected to be
withheld by you on a voluntary basis.

For purposes of Paragraphs 3 , 7(a) and 7(b) of the Agreement, being "employed"
or "employment" means having a common law employment relationship with another
entity or engaging in any other comparable position such as independent
contractor for, owner of, consultant to, or partner with or of another entity.

For purposes of Paragraphs 7(a) and (b), "compete" means rendering services
directly or indirectly to, becoming associated with or employed in any capacity
by, or having any ownership interest (other than not more than 1% of outstanding
stock of a public company) in any individual, firm, corporation, or other entity


engaged in or actively planning to engage in any activities competitive with
those activities of Lionbridge relating to multilingual Internet solutions
(including, without limitation, technology, tools and products used in managing
multilingual content for the Internet) and related consulting services.

c. Within one month after the Effective Date, payment in a single sum equal to
the value of your then accrued and unused vacation time.

d. Continuation of elected and paid for health, life and disability benefits at
the then current cost of such benefits to active employees at your level until
your Effective Date. Lionbridge agrees to continue for you and your direct
dependents such benefits through the last date for which payment pursuant to
paragraphs 7(a) or 7(b) is made, provided your contributions for such benefits
are withheld from any payments you receive pursuant to paragraphs 7(a) or 7(b),
subject to whatever applicable changes are implemented by Lionbridge for
employees at your level to such plans. Thereafter, you may be entitled to
continued coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of
1986 (COBRA), such coverage to be for a period not to exceed the statutory

e. Executive Outplacement Services through the Executive Career Resource Group
for a period of 9 months from the Effective Date.

8. Lionbridge will take all action necessary to accelerate the vesting with
respect to the option to purchase 18,917 shares of common stock of Lionbridge
that were granted to you on February 3, 1999, with an exercise price of $1.72
per share.

9. In exchange for the consideration set forth above and for other good and
valuable consideration receipt of which is hereby acknowledged:

a. You hereby accept the foregoing, in full and complete waiver, release, and
satisfaction of any and all claims of any kind or description that you have or
may have had or may have through the date you execute the Agreement against
Lionbridge or its officers, directors or employees including but not limited to
claims arising from any employment relations laws, contract or tort law, public
policy, law or equity or claims for expenses or other monetary or equitable
relief including any right to or claim arising out of a right, to re-employment.
You also hereby release Lionbridge from liability for such claims and waive any
other rights relating to your employment, or your termination from employment,
with Lionbridge. This release shall include a release from claims under the Age
Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). Lionbridge hereby advises you
to consult counsel before signing the Agreement and that you have, and are
entitled to, at least 21 days following the receipt of the Agreement to execute
it, although you are not required to use all of this period if in your sole and
unlimited discretion and judgment you choose not to do so. You are also entitled
to rescind the Agreement at any time within the seven-day period after you
execute it by written notice to Lionbridge. This waiver of your rights under


shall not apply to any claims arising after your execution of the Agreement;

b. You agree to refrain from filing any complaint, civil action, litigation or
proceedings of any nature or description against Lionbridge, in an judicial or
quasi-judicial forum, based upon claims released in Paragraph 9(a);

c. You represent that you have not filed any complaints, administrative charges
and/or lawsuits or proceedings against Lionbridge based upon claims released in
Paragraph 9(a), with any local, state or federal court or agency and further
that you have not assigned or transferred to any person any portion of any claim
which is released or waived by this Agreement; and

d. You agree to not file, participate in as a plaintiff and/or class member, or
commence yourself, or encourage, induce, solicit or support the filing of, or
institution of any claim, suit, litigation, grievance, arbitration, cause of
action, or any other proceeding against Lionbridge by any other person or
persons based on claims released in Paragraph 9(a) or similar claims of third
parties, whether or not such claims arise from any employment relations laws,
including but not limited to claims based on discrimination on the basis of age,
sex, handicap, disability, contract or tort law, public policy, law or equity or
claims for expenses or other monetary or equitable relief.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, you shall not be prohibited from giving testimony
in lawsuits or administrative proceedings initiated by third parties if such
testimony is compelled by legal and/or administrative subpoena. You shall not
volunteer to provide such testimony and/or encourage, induce or solicit others
to call you as a witness.

10. Lionbridge hereby acknowledges that the foregoing is in full and complete
waiver, release and satisfaction of any and all claims of any kind or
description that Lionbridge has or may have had or may have against you through
the date you execute the Agreement, including but not limited to claims arising
from any employment relations laws, contract or tort law, public policy, law or
equity or claims for other monetary or equitable relief, and Lionbridge hereby
expressly releases you from liability from such claims. However, this release
shall have no force or effect as to claims, if any, by Lionbridge that you
violated any of the provisions of the Agreement referred to in Paragraph 15,

11. It is further agreed by you and Lionbridge that the consideration paid by
Lionbridge hereunder is in return for specific performance by you, and that
Lionbridge will seek and is entitled to specific performance by you in the event
of a violation of the Agreement by you in addition to any other remedies
available to Lionbridge.

12. Lionbridge agrees that it will provide you and your prospective employers
with positive and favorable references. Neither you nor Lionbridge shall
release, reveal,


publish, cause to be published, publicize, discuss, or otherwise disclose the
terms of the Agreement except as provided for herein and to your family,
accountants, and attorneys and in Paragraph 13 of the Agreement and except as
you or Lionbridge may be obligated to disclose on account of statutory,
regulatory, or other legal requirements or in connection with your compliance
with the obligations described in paragraph 4. Both Lionbridge and you agree not
to publicly criticize or discuss, except as mutually agreed, nor make any
derogatory comments regarding, the facts and circumstances leading to your
departure from Lionbridge, but you may state that your departure was voluntary.

13. The terms of the Agreement including all facts, circumstances, statements or
documents relating thereto, shall not be admissible for any purpose in any
litigation in any forum other than to secure enforcement of the terms and
conditions of the Agreement.

14. The Agreement has been reached by mutual accord of the parties hereto, and
the parties by their signatures indicate their full agreement and understanding
of its terms.

15. The Agreement includes all of the agreements of the parties relative to your
termination, and supersedes any prior agreements or representations between the
parties as to the subjects covered, including, but not limited to, the
agreement dated as of March 18, 1999 between IC Global Services, Inc. and you.
This Agreement has no precedential effect, value, or impact whatsoever as to any
person not a party to it. However, Lionbridge confirms to you that you are
entitled to the benefits of Article Tenth of the Lionbridge Second Amended and
Restated Certificate of Incorporation.

16. Should any provision or part of any provision of this Agreement be found to
be legally unenforceable and/or against public policy, such unenforceability
shall not prevent enforcement of the remaining provisions or parts of this


17. The Agreement shall be interpreted under the laws of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. Any action to bring and try any dispute concerning the
enforcement or interpretation of this Agreement shall be done in an appropriate
court located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the parties hereby
consent to the jurisdiction of any such court for that purpose.


By:  /s/ Rory Cowan
     Rory Cowan
     Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Date:  September 29, 2000

     /s/ Christoph Heck
     Christoph Heck

Date: September 29, 2000