OZ Appoints Two Mobile Industry Veterans to its Board: Former Chief Technology Officers of Cingular and Vodafone UK Join OZ.
MONTREAL -- OZ, the leading enabler of standards-based mobile Instant Messaging Mobile Instant Messaging abbreviated as MIM is a presence enabled messaging service that aims to transpose the Internet desktop messaging such as ICQ or MSN experience to the usage scenario of being connected via a mobile/cellular device. and Presence Services, announced today the appointment of Bill Clift and Chris Burke Chris Burke may refer to:
W.E. (Bill) Clift has a proven track record and extensive experience in the wireless industry. Most recently he served as CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey. for Cingular where he directed strategic network planning initiatives, oversaw Cingular's involvement in standards bodies Following are some of the standards bodies defined in this database. For Windows users of CDE, look up Lessons/Review/Associations. For Web users of CDE's online HTML version, review the Lessons list at the bottom of the definition.
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Chris Burke brings a wealth of international wireless telecommunications and IT expertise to OZ. As CTO of Vodafone UK Ltd., he was responsible for all Vodafone technology across its entire lifecycle in the UK and other Vodafone regional and global initiatives. Prior to Vodafone UK Ltd., Mr. Burke was the Director of both Operations and Advanced Services Development in R&D, as well as VP Sales at Nortel Networks (Nortel Networks Limited, Brampton, Ontario, www.nortelnetworks.com) A world leader in telecommunications products, which includes switching, wireless and broadband systems for service providers and carriers, telephones and systems for residential and business users, computer telephony . Mr. Burke also served as CTO of Energis Communications, where he played an integral role in helping take the company pubic.
"With OZ's experienced management team, world-class customers and solid product line, the Company is uniquely positioned as the leader in the mobile messaging marketplace," said Mr. Clift. "I look forward to working with this dedicated team."
"OZ is synonymous with synonymous with
adjective equivalent to, the same as, identical to, similar to, identified with, equal to, tantamount to, interchangeable with, one and the same as mobile messaging innovation and excellence," said Mr. Burke. "I am excited to join the Board of a company that is passionate about moving the Company to the next stage of its evolution."
"Adding to our recent financing announcement, having these industry veterans join our board is further evidence of OZ's commanding position in the mobile messaging industry," said Skuli Mogensen CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. and President of OZ. "Both Bill and Chris bring a wealth of mobile experience to our growing organization, which will serve us well as we continue to increase our presence in the marketplace."
Bill Clift and Chris Burke join the distinguished OZ board, whose members include:
Alan MacIntosh - Chairman of the Board
Eric Ver Ploeg - Managing Director -VantagePoint Venture Partners
Skuli Mogensen - Founder, CEO and President - OZ
Hilmar Gunnarsson - VP Sales and Marketing - OZ
Shahir Guindi - Partner - Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt
OZ is leading the development of standards-based mobile instant messaging (IM) solutions that enable mobile operators and IM providers to bring instant messaging services to operators' subscribers. Furthermore, OZ works closely with leading handset manufacturers to provide users with a rich and fully integrated IM experience on mobile devices. Visionary companies such as T-Mobile USA, AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. (TM), Microsoft(R), Yahoo! (R), Nokia, Siemens and SonyEricsson, have partnered with OZ to empower people with a seamless, always-on mobile IM experience. OZ is a privately held company privately held company
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The Company also has regional offices in the US and Europe. For more information, visit the OZ website at www.oz.com.
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