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MEF Members Elect new Leadership Teams for EMEA and Asia to Champion Mobile 3.0

MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, has announced the results of its 2014 EMEA and Asia Board elections which took place as part of MEF’s member programme at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.

Twenty four candidates from 14 countries were represented in the elections. Senior executives from Empays, Indosat, Mastercard, Mono Technology, MT2, Nokia, RealNetworks, Smart, Telenor, Viacom and WeChat,were successful in their candidacy marking the diversity of the mobile ecosystem and as well as MEF’s continued focus in growth markets.

Six new directors join the MEF EMEA Board with three of six incumbent directors elected in new leadership roles for the new term. Darren Foulds, Director of Barclays Mobile and Pingit, Barclays was elected as EMEA Chair along with Pietro Catello, Regional Managing Director, Buongiorno and Chris Davies General Counsel EMEA & Head of Privacy, InMobi, as Co-Vice Chairs for the EMEA Chapter. Representatives from ooredoo, MyOrder / Rabobank and Vodacom make up the EMEA Board for 2014 / 2015.  The newly elected directors are:   

  • Johan Lindstrom - Vice President of Digital Commerce, Europe, MasterCard
  • Naji Bouhabib - CEO & Founder, Mobile Technology Tomorrow, MT2
  • Yannick Debaupte - Developer Relations Director, Europe, Nokia
  • Ken Murphy - Area Vice President and Managing Director EMEA, RealNetworks
  • Oliver Nitz - SVP Mobile Brand Licensing North & International, Viacom
  • Brett Loubser - Head of WeChat Africa, WeChat

For MEF’s Asia chapter, Colin Miles, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at InternetQ was re-elected as Chair with Dippak Khurana - Founder & CEO, newly elected as Vice Chair for the region.  Incumbent directors from MassiveImpact, Maxis Communications, Nazara Technologies and One97 Communications, are joined by the following new directors:

  • Ravi Rajagopalan - CEO, Empays Payment Systems
  • Prashant Gokarn - Chief Strategy & Planning Officer, Indosat
  • Raj Dhamodharan - Regional Head of Mobile & Ecommerce APAC and MENA, MasterCard
  • Thawatvongse Silamanonda – SVP, International Business, Mono Technology
  • Lito Villanueva - Head, Innovation, Ecosystem Build & Global Engagements, SMART E-money
  • Sissel Henriette Larsen - Telenor Digital – Business Units Asia, Telenor

The Chapter elections took place alongside MEF’s Annual Member Briefing during which Giles Corbett, Head of Libon at Orange gave a keynote speech on Disruptive Innovation - how disruption is a critical ingredient for Mobile Network Operators to compete on new communications services. The session concluded with a panel debate featuring representatives from across the ecosystem including Barclays, Indosat, Naranya Labs & Red Bull Media House. The member only sessions took place before the 12th annual MEF Connects MWC this year in association with American Express which was attended by 600 MEF members, media and international mobile industry executives. 

Rimma Perelmuter, CEO of MEF said: “The MEF EMEA and Asia 2014 Chapter elections once again reflect the changing dynamics of our industry – Mobile 3.0 - as converging worlds enter the next phase in the evolution of mobile content and commerce; where mobile has become the primary tool for engagement and transaction in consumers’ digital lives.

“MEF’s MWC member briefings also centred on the core themes of Mobile Money, Innovation & Disruption & Growth Market Regulation and we welcome all of the newly elected directors to the two Chapter Boards to help MEF champion these vital industry issues to advance and shape the long-term sustainability of the mobile ecosystem.”

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.



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