Mobile Industry on the Move March 22

— March 22, 2014

Goings and coming; closures and partnership—last week in mobile, in review.

Symantec Corp.  announced that its board of directors has appointed board member Michael Brown as interim president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. This followed the termination of Steve Bennett as the company's president and chief executive officer and his resignation from Symantec's board of directors.

Here’s the official message from the company: On behalf of Symantec's board, chairman Daniel Schulman said, "We recognize Steve's contributions to Symantec, including developing and leading a series of successful initiatives focused on organizational realignment, cost reduction and process effectiveness. These changes have helped establish a solid foundation for Symantec's future, and we remain committed to our previously announced greater-than 5% organic revenue growth and better-than 30% non-GAAP operating margin targets by FY17. Our priority is now to identify a leader who can leverage our company's assets and leadership team to drive the next stage of Symantec's product innovation and growth. This considered decision was the result of an ongoing deliberative process, and not precipitated by any event or impropriety."

Brown joined Symantec's board of directors following the company's merger with VERITAS Software in July 2005, and previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Quantum Corporation. Under his leadership, Quantum grew from $3 billion to $6 billion in revenues and held market leadership positions in data back-up and archiving solutions. More recently, Brown has been a board chairman and chief executive officer coach for several successful technology companies prior to their acquisitions, including EqualLogic, Line 6 and The Echo Nest. In addition to his deep expertise in growing businesses, Brown has extensive experience in leading and developing executive management teams.

Brown said, "With recent key hires, we have a leadership team in place that is capable of accelerating our growth and I look forward to working closely with them to help execute the next phase of the company's transformation plan. The need for protecting and managing your information has never been stronger, and we must act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market. By concentrating on product innovation and growth initiatives, we aim to leverage Symantec's tremendous assets across both consumer and enterprise applications to enhance our position as a market leader."

A special committee of the board will immediately begin the search for a permanent CEO with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.
Microsoft’s Director Steve Luczo, who was a member of the search committee that led the selection of the company’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, is stepping down from the board.

He joined Microsoft’s board in May 2012, and officially stated that he was leaving to turn his attention to his full-time job as chairman and CEO of Seagate Technology Plc. There is no word yet on whether he will be replaced.

There have been multiple additions to the leadership at Mocana, an Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile application security company including the addition of John Aisien as senior vice president for marketing and corporate development; Alan Panezic as vice president of products; Paul Fulton as vice president of products for the Internet of Things; Sandy Taylor as chief financial officer and Damien Eastwood as general counsel.  Under the leadership of Mocana CEO James Isaacs, these additions to the executive team are meant to drive the next phase of the company’s growth, as the industry’s focus on securing enterprise mobile applications and the Internet of Things gains new urgency.

John Aisien: As senior vice president for marketing and corporate development, John will lead the company’s marketing and partnership recruitment, enablement and management efforts, as it builds out its international presence and increases marketing activities to expedite growth across the IoT and enterprise mobility markets.  Most recently, John was vice president of product management for Oracle Fusion Middleware, where he led a team of more than 70 people. John joined Oracle in 2005 following the acquisition of Thor Technologies, where he drove the company’s product management, marketing and business development functions.  Prior to this position, John held business development roles at Deloitte Consulting and Gemini Consulting Group.

Alan Panezic: As vice president of products, Alan will build upon his strong software development perspective and expertise in managing major mobile application development projects to lead Mocana’s product management activities. Prior to joining Mocana, Alan partnered in a software development company that created custom mobile applications for Fortune 500 companies.  Alan also served in numerous executive-level positions over his 12-year tenure at BlackBerry where he ran the company’s enterprise business, services business and developer strategy organization.

Paul Fulton: As vice president of products for the Internet of Things, Paul Fulton is leading the definition and execution of the company’s IoT product strategy. Paul is also responsible for  embedded device security products.  Prior to joining Mocana, Paul held numerous executive positions at Cisco, which he joined after the acquisition of his startup, Orative Corp. At Cisco, he was general manager of the Prosumer, Endpoint Security and Smart Home business units and also served in several high-level M&A, market development, product management and strategy roles. Paul also held positions at Mayfield Fund, 3Com, Compaq and Texas Instruments.

Sandy Taylor: As the company’s chief financial officer, Sandy will apply her extensive experience as a financial executive to guide and direct the company’s strategic business model, manage risk and serve as the company’s financial conscience and backbone. She is a Certified Public Accountant and started her career in public accounting at KPMG. Prior to joining Mocana, Sandy served as CFO at Work4Labs. Sandy has served as vice president of finance at Respond Networks; vice president of finance and chief accounting officer at Danger, Inc., a mobile software-as-a-service company that was sold for $500 million to Microsoft; and CFO at Zong, a successful mobile payments company that was sold for $240 million to PayPal, where Sandy became CFO for PayPal Mobile.

Damien Eastwood:  As general counsel, Damien assumes responsibility for all of the company’s legal affairs.  Damien has more than 20 years of experience in providing legal support for resolving complex issues at leading Silicon Valley companies, most recently with Aruba Networks, where he served as general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer.  Prior to Aruba, Damien held positions as chief administrative officer and general counsel for Wayin, Inc., and as vice president, legal, at Sun Microsystems where he spent 16 years.

According to reports Sprint has laid off 300+ technicians and closed 150 service centers and 55 stores as, as well as significant job cuts from call centers.  This is said to be part of a wider plan first discussed during January.
Roni Singleton, a spokeswoman for Sprint told Reuters. "These reductions come as the result of greater efficiencies that we've achieved through simpler pricing plans and improved customer service, as well as changing marketplace dynamics."

Apperian, Inc., a platform for securing and managing enterprise mobile apps, will be partnering with AnyPresence, a mobile development platform.  The solution integration will add automated app deployment that provides joint clients a unique end-to-end, cloud-based solution for securing, distributing and managing mobile apps to the AnyPresence platform.

The new capabilities include app building, compilation, and deployment to enterprise app stores, creating a seamless mobile application management (MAM) process.

Once assembly and compilation of native iOS or Android apps is completed, AnyPresence platform users are able to choose the 1-click option of app deployment directly into an Apperian-powered enterprise app store.  The customer is now able to configure and fully customize the app entry within the app store.  The end-user experience is intuitive and can be integrated with enterprise directories and single sign-on to ensure that users see apps that are relevant based on their role, function and security access.

Cimarron Buser, SVP of business development at Apperian commented, “The seamless integration between the AnyPresence backend-as-a-service and Apperian represents a ‘best-of-breed’ approach to enterprise mobile app development and deployment.  We will continue to enrich the platform capabilities for the benefit of our common customers and to drive the secure adoption of enterprise apps.” 


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