Mobile Industry on the Move August 29

By Mobile Enterprise Editors — August 29, 2014

Change happens fast in mobile—here's a few from last week you might have missed.

Yahoo! Inc. has completed its acquisition of Flurry. Together, both companies will power insightful analytics and relevant ads to create smarter mobile experiences.

The mission and focus of the Flurry team will remain the same, and its products will continue to operate and grow with Yahoo's support.

AT&T has promoted Glenn Lurie to CEO of AT&T Mobility. Lurie had previosuly been responblie for heading AT&T Mobility's Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships business.

In addition, AT&T is merging its Mobility and Business Solutions divisions. The new unit will focus on delivering integrated solutions for business customers and will be overseen by Ralph de la Vega—former CEO for AT&T Mobility—who will be given a new title of CEO for the Mobility and Business Solutions division.

We've been integrating various functions of our wireline and wireless operations for several years now, including our network, technology and customer care operations. Now, we're taking the next step by integrating our marketing and distribution for Business Solutions into our Mobility group. Ralph de la Vega's responsibilities have been expanded and now he is CEO of our new Mobile & Business Solutions organization. Integrating Business Solutions into Mobility is a great fit because mobility is how businesses do business. In fact, business-related customers represent more than 50% of our mobile revenues and it's growing," said AT&T spokesman Brad Burns.  
Also, Andrew Geisse—the CEO of AT&T Business Solutions—is retiring after 35 years with the company.

IBM and Monitise
IBM and Monitise announced a global digital commerce and resourcing alliance.

Combining the companies' mobile banking, payments and commerce technology, this alliance brings IBM sales and specialist resources to clients around the world with a full spectrum of advice, solution design and delivery of Monitise's Mobile Money services.

"The announcement marks a new milestone in delivering a Mobile Money partnership. Together, we are in a position to enable banks and other leading businesses to build on mobile banking and payments capabilities to tap into the growing digital commerce opportunity. Creating comprehensive and easy access to Mobile Money tools for businesses around the world is the biggest driver behind this deal." said Monitise CEO Alastair Lukies.

As part of the collaboration, IBM's global go-to-market investment of resources and promotional initiatives will pair with Monitise staff to pursue Mobile Money opportunities. While commercial opportunities initially will be targeted at financial institutions, the companies will also address the needs of mobile network operators, retailers and verticals requiring API connectivity to mobile payment and commerce functionality and content.

Ixia's board of directors has appointed Bethany Mayer as president and CEO—effective the day after Ixia becomes current in its periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  She will also join Ixia's board of directors.

"We are delighted to appoint Bethany Mayer as Ixia's president and CEO. It was paramount for Ixia to find a candidate intimately involved with new networking technologies, and we believe Bethany is the executive to build upon Ixia's foundation. Bethany was instrumental in pioneering HP's software-defined network (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives, product strategies and ecosystem development, and she possesses a deep knowledge of the network equipment and security markets. Additionally, she is a seasoned leader with a proven track record of achieving sustainable growth while improving organizational efficiencies that deliver bottom-line results," said Errol Ginsberg, Ixia's chairman and acting CEO.

Mayer brings over 25 years of technology experience to Ixia and joins the company from HP where she has held several key executive roles since 2010. Most recently, she served as HP's SVP and general manager of its NFV business and led the company's NFV initiative. Previously, she was SVP and general manager of the HP Networking Business unit—where under her leadership the business unit delivered 12 consecutive quarters of growth. Before that, she was VP, marketing and alliances for HP's Enterprise Servers Storage and Networking Group.

Prior to joining HP, Mayer served as SVP of worldwide marketing and corporate development at Blue Coat Systems, and held product marketing roles at Cisco Systems and Apple Computer.

INSIDE Secure, a provider of embedded security solutions for mobile and connected devices, has appointed Martin Bergenwall—currently VP of the Group's embedded security solutions product line—to the position of head of the Mobile Security business division.

Bergenwall replaces Simon Blake-Wilson, who will be leaving the company, having successfully completed the integration of ESS and Metaforic within the Mobile Security business division.


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