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This week's mobile movers and shakers

This week's mobile movers and shakers
Zen Terrelonge


Devices / Blackberry / February 8th 2013 at 5:30PM

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.

Gradient X

Mobile marketing platform Gradient X has named Stephan Cunningham as the vice president of marketplace operations. The role will see him manage the GX marketplace itself, as well as relations between clients, partners, and vendors.

He will also oversee in-house and third-party data management, inventory packaging, and performance optimisation. He joins from mobile ad solutions firm OpenX, where he developed strategies and real-time bidding, while previously managing product at Yahoo.

Cunningham, said: "By now, it's clear that mobile will play a major role in marketers' desire to reach consumers moving forward and for me, it's also clear that the technology that Gradient X has built will help them do this effectively and efficiently."

NTT Docomo/PacketVideo

NTT Docomo-owned PacketVideo has hired Mark Tapling as CEO and president, introducing his 20 years of technology strategy, growth and financial management experience to the digital media firm. 

In light of this, PacketVideo founder and former CEO James Brailean will leave to pursue other interests, acting as an informal advisor to the company during the transition period.

Tapling, said: "PacketVideo is an exciting company with an impressive history of innovation, a strong global presence, and a rich technology portfolio that solves real problems for consumer electronics manufacturers, carriers and content distributors. I see tremendous opportunities ahead for an even wider audience, and I am honoured to be asked to lead the company to the next phase of its growth."

Brailean, added: “I have had a wonderful time building PacketVideo over the last 15 years, and I am proud of the many accomplishments our team was able to achieve together. I am confident that Mark will do an excellent job leading the company into the future, and I wish him and the team nothing but continued success."


Following last week's big BlackBerry 10 announcement, which saw Alicia Keys appointed as global creative director, the company formerly known as RIM has added two new directors to the board; retired Verizon executive VP Richard 'Dick' Lynch, and former CEO of Sony Ericsson Bert Nordberg.

Board chair Barbara Stymiest, said: "We are very pleased to add the talent and industry knowledge of these two respected executives to our board. We are looking forward to their contributions as we continue to drive for long-term shareholder value and seek opportunities to leverage the extraordinary BlackBerry 10 platform launched last week."


Digital memo service Evernote has appointed Ken Gullicksen as chief operating officer, with responsibilities including investor relations, corporate development, sales and global support. Prior to the COO role, Gullicksen served as VP of corporate development for Evernote.

Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, said: "Ken has played a key role in Evernote's strategy and execution including heading up our five acquisitions to date and the successful rollout of Evernote's China-based service Yinxiang Biji. As COO, Ken will be instrumental in continuing to foster strategic initiatives, building on the momentum we're seeing with Evernote Business and developing efficient services to support our entire global operation."

The Evernote Business division focuses on the global SMB community, and boasts more than 2,000 users since launch in December 2012.  Gullicksen is leading the continued global roll out of Evernote Business into new markets with a unified sales and support team.

Today, the platform is now available in 27 countries across Europe, while Australia and New Zealand will join the list next week with a February 12th launch, and the service is expected to be available in more than 50 additional countries in Latin America and Asia Pacific by mid-year.