MMA announces new board of directors for China
The Mobile Marketing Association
(MMA) has announced a new board of directors for China. The board has ten members, with Tony Chen from GroupM Interaction China, and KF Lee from Aegis Media China as co-chairs. Chen takes up the post of co-chair for a second term.
The new board comprises four committees that will be the main drivers for all of MMA China’s initiatives, identifying their own priorities in conjunction with the MMA’s regional initiatives. Together with the regional board of directors elected in October 2013, they will serve the growing needs of mobile marketers in China.
Mauro Montanaro joins Newkia as global sales head
Newkia, a Singapore-based mobile phone startup set up by former Nokia employees, has appointed Mauro Montanaro as global head of sales. Montanaro has at the same time become a shareholder of Newkia and a founding Partner.
This is the second recent top executive appointment by Newkia, coming hot on the heels of the selection of former Nokia and Blackberry Asia-Pacific head, Urpo Karjalainen, as CEO.
Prior to joining Newkia, Montanaro was the general manager for Asia Pacific for Microsoft's consumer business. Before Microsoft he was CEO of Fox Mobile Group, based in the USA.
Prior to joining Fox Mobile Group, Mauro worked for Nokia for 12 years, where he served in a number of executive positions during the most successful period for the Finnish company. Most recently, he served as VP of sales and GM for South-East Asia for Nokia’s Mobile and Smartphone division where he oversaw sales, marketing and operations for the South-East Asia region.
Peter A. Leav takes helm at Polycom
Peter A. Leav has joined Polycom as president and chief executive officer. He also will serve as a director on Polycom’s board of directors.
Leav succeeds interim CEO Kevin Parker, who will continue serving as chairman of the board of Polycom, and will work closely with Leav on a transition plan.
Leav assumed the role on December 2 and is based out of the company’s global headquarters in Silicon Valley.
Prior to joining Polycom, Leav was executive vice president and president of industry and field operations at NCR. During his tenure at the company, revenues grew from $4.6 billion in 2009 to $5.7 billion in 2012. He also led NCR’s Interactive Printer Solutions division and was a member of NCR’s executive committee.
Bullitt Group appoints Scott Cheng VP of sales for Asia
Bullitt Group, a UK-based international mobile phone and consumer electronics company, has hired Scott Cheng as vice president of sales for Asia.
Before joining Bullitt, Cheng was president of Commtiva Technology in Taiwan, responsible for winning the Sharp smartphone distribution rights and launching Sharp smartphones in South East Asia and CIS regions.
Prior to that Cheng spent four years with HTC as sales manager of emerging markets and latterly regional director for the CIS region, based in Russia.
Interactive Intelligence Group appoints VPs
Interactive Intelligence Group
has appointed Ray Cappola, Jose Martinez, and Steven Vaughan as vice presidents to further enhance the company’s cloud communications infrastructure, service and support.
Cappola is taking the role of Interactive Intelligence VP of CaaS support, which includes global management of CaaS technical support and the company’s network operations centers.
Martinez serves as Interactive Intelligence VP of CaaS infrastructure, which includes management of Interactive Intelligence’s 12 global data centers, as well as the company’s CaaS-related network and storage operations and engineering.
Vaughan is a contact center industry veteran and serves as Interactive Intelligence VP of CaaS delivery, which includes management of the CaaS architecture, implementation, and service delivery teams.
Former Eve CEO Luc Burgun joins HTTV
, a France and Singapore-based provider of digital interactive and connected TV services, said Luc Burgun has invested in the company and will serve as a non-executive director in the company’s board.
Burgun is an entrepreneur and was president and CEO of Emulation and Verification Engineering (EVE), a company he co-founded in 2000.
He then joined Synopsys as VP of engineering after Synopsys acquired EVE in 2012.