Motricity Strengthens Executive Team with Industry Veterans
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BELLEVUE, Wash.--(Business Wire)-- Motricity, a leading provider of mobile data solutions and services to the world's most successful mobile operators and content providers, today announced the appointments of Jim Smith to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, Richard Leigh as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Deepak Dhawan as Senior Vice President Solutions and Services and Abe Danzinger as Vice President Sales Engineering. "At Motricity, we are committed to working closely with our customers to help them develop and grow their mobile initiatives. We continue to attract respected and proven executives known for success in their industries and dedication to helping customers achieve their goals," said Ryan Wuerch, chairman and chief executive officer of Motricity. "Jim, Richard, Deepak and Abe are joining us at a time when Motricity is experiencing extraordinary momentum and growth. We look forward to leveraging their expertise and experience to take our business into 2009 and beyond." With 20 years of global operating and management experience, Mr. Smith is tasked with the operational leadership at Motricity. Mr. Smith is responsible for Motricity's market expansion and day-to-day execution across all company functions. In a variety of senior leadership positions throughout his career Jim has successfully built global organizations of scale with consistent execution in areas including strategy, product management, sales, services, R&D, mergers and acquisitions, business planning and operations. Mr. Smith has demonstrated success in building enterprise application and services businesses, driving sales, developing satisfied customers and deploying advanced solutions into Fortune 500 companies. For the last six years, Mr. Smith served as a senior executive at Avaya, the world's leading communication company. As a division General Manager, he was responsible for a $600M dollar applications business and establishing #1 global market leadership while improving profitability. Before Avaya, Mr. Smith was Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Vector Development, an e-commerce operating company. Earlier in his career Mr. Smith worked with many Global 1000 customers delivering transformative strategies and business realization as a senior executive with Accenture. "Motricity has world class customers, a strong value proposition and exceptional people. Being part of Motricity's next phase of growth and expanding our presence globally is an opportunity I look forward to," said Mr. Smith. "I'm excited to bring my general management and execution experience to the impressive team already present at Motricity." Mr. Leigh`s experience in corporate governance and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, SEC filings and risk management will be instrumental in his new role as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Motricity. He will have primary responsibility for all legal and regulatory matters for the organization. Previously, Leigh served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Cell Therapeutics, Inc., where he advised the company and board of directors on all legal matters related to the organization. For seven years, Leigh served as Vice President and General Counsel to Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. and its affiliates, where he managed the legal aspects of Vulcan`s real estate and construction projects, investment portfolio management, entertainment, cultural initiatives and non-profit entities. Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Leigh said, "I am excited to join Motricity and its leadership team. Given the rapid growth of this company over the last several years and the increased legal and regulatory compliance requirements associated with the mobile industry, I expect my experience and strategic counsel will be put to good use." Mr. Dhawan has an outstanding track record of achieving significant growth for organizations focused on wireless and broadband communications. As Senior Vice President, Solutions & Services, he will be responsible for leveraging Motricity`s mCore Platform to deliver industry leading solutions and services to global operators and content providers. Previously, Mr. Dhawan served as a senior Marketing executive at RealNetworks, a leading digital entertainment company and spent five years at AT&T Mobility (Previously Cingular Wireless / AT&T Wireless) where he held executive roles in Corporate Strategy, Marketing and Network Business Planning. Mr. Danziger has over 24 years of in-depth expertise and demonstrated success in growing and developing worldwide professional services, engineering, support and pre-sales organizations for high technology and solutions-oriented corporations. Abe served in executive management roles in companies such as Informix Software, Hyperion Solutions, Amdocs, where he was VP, Services responsible for building a global team of consultants generating over $300M in revenue, realizing 20% growth quarter over quarter, and most recently as SVP, Services at Avolent. As Vice President, Sales Engineering for Motricity, he will be responsible for driving significant growth in the sales organization and building a highly skilled global team that is focused on quality, solution sales and services. About Motricity Motricity is the leader in turning ideas into reality by extending technology, innovative mobile solutions and services to leading carriers and enterprise customers globally. Motricity drives the delivery of personalized mobile data offerings which increase user adoption, data usage, ARPU and brand recognition through compelling end user experiences. Motricity powers over $2B of mobile content revenues annually for 8 of the top 10 and billions of user impressions for carriers and many leading enterprise customers. With more than 300 custom mobile deployments, Motricity`s expert team is behind some of the most innovative mobile content offerings over the last 12 years, serving as the "brand behind the brand" for customers such as AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Alltel, CNN, FOX News, A&E and CondéNast. Its long standing relationships with carriers, content providers and handset manufacturers put the company in a unique position at the center of the mobile ecosystem. Partners depend on the company`s technological superiority, broad carrier relationships and ability to simplify complexity, which delivers quick time to implementation and cutting edge campaigns. Products and services range from mobile portals and storefronts to messaging aggregation. Motricity is headquartered in Bellevue, WA and has offices in Durham, NC, the U.K., France and the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.motricity.com. Motricity Jennifer Moranz, 425-638-8454 Jennifer.Moranz@motricity.com or PAN Communications Lisa Astor, 978-474-1900 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2009