Reading, UK, 31 January 2005 - SurfKitchen, the leading provider of dynamic user experience (DUE) software which enables mobile operators to increase data services and content consumption, today announced the appointment of Michel Quazza as Chief Executive Officer.
Michel brings 15 years of experience in telecommunications and software, including executive positions at Openwave, Lucent and France Telecom. He explains: “The mobile industry is at a crossroads. Operators are recognizing the need for a new user experience model to make 2.5G and 3G mobile data services a natural part of each end user’s lifestyle. SurfKitchen has the greatest number of market leading mobile operator deployments and will be a critical catalyst to make mobile data consumption mainstream, as SMS is today in many markets – this is why I’m excited to have joined the SurfKitchen team to actively contribute to this exciting new phase in mobile.”
SurfKitchen Chairman Philip Crawford said: “SurfKitchen is also at a crucial point in its development having achieved third round funding and signed up a significant number of leading mobile operator customers in recent weeks. Michel’s vision and wide ranging telecoms and mobile data experience will be fundamental in taking our ambitious plans to fruition. His achievements at Openwave and his knowledge of corporations both large and small were a key reason for his selection. We look forward to a very exciting era of growth with Michel on board.”
Prior to SurfKitchen, Michel held a number of executive positions with Phone.com and latterly Openwave, as Vice President of Product Management, General Manager of the mobile infrastructure business unit, and, most recently, Vice President of Business Development. He contributed to its growth from a startup to a 1300 people global company with more than 70 mobile operator customers. Michel previously held senior positions with Lucent Technologies, Octel Communications, France Telecom and Global One, and was on the board of CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus and the Wireless Advertising Association.
SurfKitchen powers the Dynamic User Experience (DUE) for mobile users all over the world. It is the leading provider of software that enables any organisation to rapidly and cost effectively offer advanced mobile data services and to remotely customise the look and feel for the end user. SurfKitchen was featured in the Sunday Times’ Tech Track 100. Since the launch of its flagship software SurfKit Mobile in May 2003, SurfKitchen now includes O2 UK, O2 Germany, Telenor, Sonofon, TIM Italy, TIM Greece and Telefónica amongst its customers. SurfKitchen was founded in 1999 and currently has offices across Europe and Asia. For further information visit www.surfKitchen.com
For further information please contact:
Marketing Director, SurfKitchen
+44 (0)118 929 8072
Jaime Edmund / Nick Spencer
+44 (0)208 322 1922
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