Welcome!

Symbian Authors: Jack Newton, Kevin Benedict, Matthew Lobas, Shelly Palmer, RealWire News Distribution

News Feed Item

New Leadership in MEF North and Latin America

LONDON, SAN FRANCISCO and SAO PAOLO, December 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


  • Newly elected members include Alliance Data, Incomm, Mozilla, Red Bull Media House, Samsung, SNR Denton and Titans Group
  • Ron Czerny, Playphone and Filipe Roup Rosa, Boku elected as MEF North and LatAm Chairs
  • MEF highlights dedicated focus on Silicon Valley, Growth Markets & Monetisation

MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, has announced the results of its 2012 North and Latin America board elections.

Filipe Roup Rosa (Boku) and André Andrade (Titans Group) join the 10 incumbent members of MEF LatAm Board currently serving a two-year regional Board term.

Eight new Directors were elected to the MEF North America Board, namely:

  • Scott Gamble - Alliance Data
  • Gary Schwartz - Impact Mobile
  • Fiona Gellatly  - Incomm
  • Brendan Eich - Mozilla
  • Ron Czerny - Playphone
  • Jonathan E. Stern - Red Bull Media House
  • Kevin Morrow - Samsung Media Solutions Centre
  • Todd Daubert - SNR Denton

The elections took place at the international trade association's regional AGMs held in Miami as part of the third annual MEF Americas 2012, where over 160 senior mobile executives from across North and Latin America's mobile ecosystems gathered and the inaugural Battle of the Start-ups competition in association Red Herring also took place.

Ron Czerny, CEO of Playphone, who previously chaired MEF's LatAm Chapter, was elected North America Chair by the new Board and Filipe Roup Rosa, Business Development Director at Boku, was elected as MEF LatAm Chair.

Former MEF North America Chair, Gary Schwartz was re-elected to the regional Board and will take up the role of Special Representative to MEF Global to drive m-Commerce and growth initiatives.  

Upon his re-election, Ron Czerny said: "I am very proud of what has been achieved by MEF LatAm in the last two years; but for me it is just the beginning and I will continue to support MEF's development now as North America Chair. With such a strong new Board representing all mobile stakeholders, the vision is to enable all MEF members to get closer to Silicon Valley to enhance and share MEF's eleven years of knowledge and experience, bringing our global community including a focus on Growth Markets to the heart of the mobile industry."

Former MEF LatAm General Manager and newly elected MEF LatAm Chair, Filipe Rosa added: "I am very excited to be a part of the LatAm Board again as the new Chair. I look forward to working with our dedicated board members to ensure MEF continues to be the guardian of the entire mobile industry in Latin America, focusing on sustaining and creating monetization opportunities while simultaneously bridging the new perspectives developing in m-commerce and expanding MEF's activities to the whole of Latin America to ensure we provide value to our members right across the region."

The North and Latin American Chapters form an integral part of MEF's global footprint which extends to the Middle East, Asia and EMEA - a chapter, which has been further strengthened by the opening in November of a dedicated Africa office in association with Vodacom.

Rimma Perelmuter, Executive Director, MEF Global, said: "We are delighted to welcome all of the newly elected members to the MEF North and Latin American Boards. Their diverse industry expertise along with new leadership will continue to shape the mobile content and commerce industry in the respective regions as well as support MEF globally to help members successfully navigate the increasing complexity of the mobile landscape."

MEF North America
Ron Czerny - Founder & CEO, Playphone (Chair)
Sanjaya Krishna - Principal and U.S. Digital Service Leader, KPMG (Vice Chair)
Todd Daubert - Partner, Technology, Media and Telecoms, SNR Denton
Brendan Eich - Co-Founder and CTO, Mozilla
Fiona Gellatly- VP of Marketing, Incomm
Scott Gamble - VP of Digital Solutions, Alliance Data
Paran Johar - CMO, Jumptap
Kevin Morrow - VP for Strategic Partnerships, Samsung Media Solutions Centre
Tim Ritchie - VP of North American Sales and Account Management, OpenMarket
Jeff Sawyer - VP, Mobile and Connected Device Solutions, Turner Broadcasting
Gary Schwartz - CEO, Impact Mobile
Jonathan E. Stern - Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Red Bull Media House

MEF Latin America
Filipe Roup Rosa - Business Development Director, Boku (Chair)
André Andrade - CEO, Titans Group (Vice Chair)
Fabricio Bloisi - Movile
Yuri Fiaschi - VAS Business Development Director, Spring Wireless
Arturo Galvan - Founder & CEO - Naranya
José Renato Mannis - Founder & CEO - Mobint
Antoni Muntaner - Chairman - Binbit
Diogo Sousa - KPMG
Reinaldo Acosta - WAU Movil
Paulo Pessoa - Brazil Managing Director - TIMWE
Ignacio Riesgo - Head of Developer Ecosystem Americas - Nokia
Josh Weinrobe - Director Business Development LatAm - Turner Broadcasting

About MEF

MEF is the global community for mobile content and commerce. It is the leading trade organisation for companies wishing to monetize their goods, services and digital products via the mobile connected device. MEF provides competitive advantage to its diverse membership, shapes industry growth, connects thought leaders and spearheads groundbreaking initiatives which explore and promote monetization opportunities.

With global headquarters in London and operational chapters and offices in Africa, Asia, EMEA, Latin America, Middle East and North America, MEF is a member network with global reach and strong local representation, ideally placed to drive market growth. Established in 2000, MEF provides an impartial, consistent and powerful voice for the foremost companies and entrepreneurs from across the mobile content and commerce value chain.


More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
It is of utmost importance for the future success of WebRTC to ensure that interoperability is operational between web browsers and any WebRTC-compliant client. To be guaranteed as operational and effective, interoperability must be tested extensively by establishing WebRTC data and media connections between different web browsers running on different devices and operating systems. In his session at WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Alex Gouaillard, CEO and Founder of CoSMo Software, presented ...
DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO "Early Bird Registration" is now open. Register for Full Conference "Gold Pass" ▸ Here (Expo Hall ▸ Here)
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, discussed how they built...
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, discussed key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the age ...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, presented the findings of a series of six detailed case studies of how large corporations are implementing IoT. The session explored how IoT has improved their economic performance, had major impacts on business models and resulted in impressive ROIs. The companies covered span manufacturing and services firms. He also explored servicification, how manufacturing firms shift from se...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settl...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
Here are the Top 20 Twitter Influencers of the month as determined by the Kcore algorithm, in a range of current topics of interest from #IoT to #DeepLearning. To run a real-time search of a given term in our website and see the current top influencers, click on the topic name. Among the top 20 IoT influencers, ThingsEXPO ranked #14 and CloudEXPO ranked #17.