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This week's mobile movers and shakers

Where's Wally
Zen Terrelonge


Brands / March 22nd 2013 at 5:15PM

It's like Where's Wally, but we tell you where the execs are hiding.

The mobile space is booming and companies are expanding all the time, so this dedicated feature is designed to keep you updated with new hires.

Saffron Digital

Following on from the appointment of Yoel Marson as CTO, digital video specialist Saffron has hired Craig Chuter as EMEA sales director.

Chuter was preciously the director of Capablue, which saw him work with a number of media brands and retailers including Channel 4, UKTV, Curzon Cinemas, Marks & Spencer, EMI, BBC and Universal Music, supporting them to explore new media platforms.


Microsoft-owned Skype has opened a new UK office in the heart of London on Chancery Lane, with Ed Vaizey, parliamentary under secretary for culture, communications enlisted to unveil the company's plaque. The new HQ has been opened following a 43 per cent staffing increase since February 2012, which prompted a larger premises.

Vaizey, said: "Tech City may have kick-started the journey, but that certainly isn’t restricted to East London any more, as Skype has aptly proved. Long may Skype’s love affair with London continue."

Mark Gillett, corporate VP of engineering and operations, Skype, continued: "We’ve got a hugely talented team here, and we want the working environment to enable them to connect and do their best work with others physically on site and also virtually connecting through Skype with our other teams worldwide."

Neil Stevens, corporate VP of regional and business development at Skype, added: "We’ve invested heavily in the areas of big data and mobile video (including HD mobile video), two hugely exciting areas of innovation in the global technology industry.

"In the eight months leading up to February 2013, the UK accounted for 33% of Skype’s global staffing, and we see no signs of this slowing. We want people who eat, sleep and breathe technology, and London offers us just that."


Tapjoy has just released a new Australia Fund to support mobile app developers in the region, and now announces the appointment of Jeff Drobick as chief product officer. He previously served as president and CEO of Geeknet Media and boasts 12 years of service with eBay.

Steve Wadsworth, president and CEO of Tapjoy, said: "To bring in someone of Jeff’s pedigree and caliber adds yet another well-versed industry veteran to our executive leadership team. Jeff’s combination of bidded ad platform expertise and the proven delivery of data-rich applications will have a significant impact on our product roadmap and how we serve our clients and partners. The CPO role is vital at any technology company, particularly in a sector that moves as rapidly as mobile."

Drobick, added: "Tapjoy sits at the white-hot intersection of mobile app developers, advertisers and consumers, and it’s precisely the type of company I get excited about. I can't wait to embrace the incredible new challenges and opportunities within this space and execute our vision and strategy, delivering the best products for our partners."


Mobile marketing and ad firm Velti has hired Dominic Barry as director of games for Western Europe. The exec joins having previously held positions at Venatus Media and IGN as commercial director and head of games, respectively.

Barry, said: "I’m incredibly excited to be joining the team at Velti. With the next generation of gaming technology coming soon, it is vitally important for publishers and developers to connect with users in more innovative ways.  What you will see from Velti in coming months will bring that to life."

Barry Houlihan, Velti GM, added: "Dominic has the knowledge, experience and connections we need to help us position Velti as a thought leader in games mobile marketing."