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This week's mobile movers and shakers

This week's mobile movers and shakers
Phil Tottman


Devices / Nokia / August 16th 2013 at 10:52AM

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 we've whipped up a dedicated feature to keep you updated with new hires.


The cloud communications company, announced the appointment of Ott Kaukver as VP of engineering.

Kaukver comes to Twilio from Skype, where he held the position of head of engineering since 2004, building the global engineering team and controlling the development of Skype products.

Kaukver commented: "Joining Twilio is an honour and a privilege. Being a part of a rapidly growing team who is inventing the future of communication is very special indeed, and I'm extremely excited about the opportunities ahead of us."


Prins Mhlang - former managing executive for Digital at Vodacom - and Saleem Mobani, previous VP for digital marketing and entertainment at carrier Du, have both been drafted in to the mobile content and commerce company as the new strategic advisors. 

The two new starters will be joining current strategic advisors Ingrid Silver, Partner at Dentons, Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg, SVP international roaming for Vodafone group, and MD at Vella Ventures Roy Vella.

MEF is expanding its reach, focusing on growing markets such as the Middle East, India and Africa. 

Rimma Perelmuter, CEO at MEF, said: "The mobile content and commerce ecosystem continues to expand in its diversity to include stakeholders from banking and brands through to payment, publishing and education and MEF's international member base and active chapters in North America, LatAm, Asia and EMEA reflects this evolution.


Google company, Motorola introduces Magnus Ahlqvist as its new GM for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

Ahlqvist joins Motorola from Sony Mobile Communications where he served as president of the Greater China region. 

The position will be based in the UK, with regular travel around EMEA in a move that displays the importance of this part of the world to Motorola as part of Google.


As Kazam prepares to launch its first range of smartphones into the market, it is building its team with a number of appointments throughout the company.

The position of chief operating officer has been handed to Frank Jensen. Jensen has already established Kazam's European supply chain strategy, and will now also lead sales and marketing across the Nordics, supported by Thomas Faber and Clause Pederson.

Stefan Schietaert has been given the position of European customer care and service director - previously working for Motorola and Toshiba.

Daniel Boff has been brought in to take on the role as Kazam's head of products, responsible for design, selection and testing. During his nine years experience he has held senior positions for Panasonic and Sharp.

New sales director for Kazam, Rakesh Odedra recently led sales for global MVNO's and worked for telco brands such as Carphone Warehouse and Nokia.

Other key appointments include:

Javier Martinez Esparza, who will drive sales and marketing across Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Yves-Raphael Loerke to drive sales and marketing across the DACH region,

Wojciech Wasilewski will push sales and marketing in Poland.

Michael Coombes, CEO of Kazam, said: "We are pleased to announce a strong and experienced team to support the European launch of Kazam's first range of mobile phones next month. We are confident these strategic appointments bring the skills, expertise and local knowledge that is needed to successfully launch a new mobile phone brand.


The digital media platform company for publishers, revealed that its new senior director of advertising solutions in EMEA and APAC is former Nokia, InMobi director John Stoneman. 

He will play an important part in the strategic selling platforms global expansion, which has recently announced a 176 per cent revenue growth throughout Europe.

Rob Jonas, VP and MD at Pubmatic, said: "John has been an instrumental growth of several digital advertising businesses in the last decade and his joining PubMatic will catalyse our relationships with more than 400 demand partners."


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