Change happens fast in mobile—here's a few from last week you might have missed.
BlackBerry has named Marty Beard as COO, where he will be responsible for cross-functional organizations—including Marketing, BlackBerry 10 Application Development, Customer Care and Quality—as well as instituting best practices and processes.
BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen said, "BlackBerry continues to attract top talent to the company. Marty brings extensive experience in operations, marketing and serving customers through the best technologies and processes available."
Most recently, Beard was Chairman and CEO of LiveOps, Inc., a provider of cloud apps for customer service. Prior, he was President of Sybase 365 (a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc.) and held a series of executive positions including SVP of Marketing. Before Sybase, he worked at Oracle as VP of Oracle Online (its e-Commerce service unit) where he was responsible for leveraging the Web to improve customer sales and support.
Microsoft and Unwired
Unwired Planet, Inc. has sued Microsoft for breach of contract and declaratory judgment in the U.S. District Court of Delaware. This action relates to the licensing agreement the two companies entered into in September 2011.
"Microsoft owes Unwired Planet licensing fees under a previous agreement," stated Phil Vachon, chairman of Unwired Planet. "According to published reports, Microsoft collects two billion dollars of royalties each and every year for its intellectual property, but they seem unable to locate the funds to pay for ours. We expect to prevail in this matter."
The complaint was filed under seal in order to protect the confidentiality of certain terms of the parties' agreement.
Yahoo and Flurry
Yahoo and Flurry, Inc. have reached a definitive agreement for Yahoo to acquire Flurry.
The joined offerings will enable more effective mobile advertising solutions for brands seeking to reach their audiences and gain unique insights across desktop and mobile, and users will benefit from more personalized app experiences.
"As part of Yahoo, Flurry will continue to serve the application developer community in the way we always have, only better," said Simon Khalaf, President and CEO, Flurry. "With Yahoo, we will have access to more resources to speed up the delivery of great products that can help app developers build better apps, reach the right users, and explore new revenue opportunities."
Following the closing, the Flurry team will remain in their present locations, and Flurry's vision, mission, and focus will stay the same. Flurry's products will continue to operate and innovate with Yahoo's support and investment.
IBM and Monitise have expanded a multi-year global alliance to deliver cloud-based mobile commerce solutions to help financial services institutions embrace the mobile channel and better engage with customers.
The expansion will bring together the IBM MobileFirst portfolio of offerings as well as IBM's financial services and retail industry expertise with Monitise's mobile banking and payments capabilities—spearheaded globally as an IBM Global Business Services' initiative.
"As the market for mobile payments is expanding, we are continuing to invest in the IBM MobileFirst portfolio to address this opportunity," said Steve Mills, Senior Vice President and Group Executive. "The combination of our capabilities with Monitise will provide value to our clients, enhance the customer experience and drive business growth."
Also, IBM has appointed Frances West as the company's first Chief Accessibility Officer. In this new role, she will guide the company's accessibility policies and practices, and will lead IBM’s collaboration with business, government and academia to advance accessibility standards and policy.
West will work with IBM teams around the world that are leading efforts to deliver accessible and assistive technologies to the market.
West joined IBM Research as the leader of the Human Ability & Accessibility Center. She has served on the board of directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Assistive Technology Industry Association and the U.S Business Leadership Network, among others. She currently sits on the board of the World Institute on Disability, is a trustee at the National Braille Press and an advisor to the National Business & Disability Council.
Stratix has hired Brian Bukowski as Senior VP of sales, reporting directly to CEO Gina Gallo.
Bukowski has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in the enterprise mobility market. He has a proven track record of delivering consistent revenue growth, leading solutions-oriented sales teams and expanding into new market segments.
"Brian is well known here at Stratix and throughout the industry. He is customer focused and a passionate leader who delivers results," says Gallo. "Given his industry and customer knowledge, I anticipate Brian will contribute immediately toward our strategy and growth objectives for 2014."
Prior to the hire, Bukowski led Motorola's Enterprise Business for North America as VP of Sales where he managed a team of sales and system associates responsible for driving revenue from Motorola's mobile, wireless network, software and services portfolio into key vertical markets. Prior to that, he has held various sales leadership roles at Motorola Solutions.
Earlier in his career, he held several key positions at Symbol Technologies. Initially, he started as a product marketing manager, and went on to leverage his extensive mobile product expertise into field sales roles—where he delivered revenue growth with end-users, partners and OEM alliances.
Aquilent, a provider of Mobile, Web, Cloud, and Portal solutions for the federal government, has named Brook Carlon as Chief Human Resources (HR) Officer. With more than 20 years of experience in global technology companies, Carlon will be managing HR and talent management activities within the company, in addition to serving as employee advocate—ensuring the entire Aquilent team is engaged and competitive.
"Employees are one of our most valuable assets. The creation of the role of Chief Human Resources Officer is critical to ensuring that human resources remain a cornerstone of our vision and strategic goals," said David Fout, CEO at Aquilent.
Carlon has experience in healthcare and financial services industries, and has a broad range of HR experience—from creating HR processes and procedures to leading a global HR team. She also has global HR leadership experience, having worked with company employees in India, the Philippines, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Before joining Aquilent, she served in senior and executive roles at QuadraMed, Headstrong, Misys Healthcare, Cirrus Logic and other global companies.