Marlin Equity Partners Finalizes Acquisition and Appoints John Giere as CEO
REDWOOD CITY, CA – May 01, 2012 — –Openwave Mobility Inc., a category leader in video optimization and dynamic data plan management for the mobile telecommunications industry, announced today the finalization of its acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners. The company will operate as a new privately held company and will be headed by John Giere as its chief executive officer. Giere most recently held the position of senior vice president and general manager of the Mediation Business Unit for Openwave Systems (now known as Unwired Planet).
“We believe that Openwave Mobility’s products and technologies are aligned well with the needs of the mobile network operators,” said Bart Foster, operating partner, Marlin Equity Partners. “We are pleased to have John Giere as CEO, and we are committed to provide the board guidance and investment required to ensure Openwave Mobility can execute its aggressive growth strategy.”
“I am excited about the opportunities in front of us as we launch today as a new privately held business,” stated John Giere, CEO, Openwave Mobility. “I am committed to driving new product innovation. I strongly believe Openwave Mobility has the management team, people, technology and the experience to deliver innovative products and services to our global mobile operator customers.”
Giere has over 20 years of wireless industry management experience in sales, product management, marketing and business development. Prior to his role as CEO of Openwave Mobility, Giere served as GM of the Openwave Mediation Business Unit for Openwave Systems, and held other executive positions as well. Prior to joining Openwave Systems, he served as CMO of Alcatel Lucent and CMO of Lucent Technologies. Prior to joining Lucent in 2003, Giere worked at Ericsson in strategic marketing and business development. In his last position, Giere was Vice President for New Business Development 3G wireless systems. Giere currently serves on the Board of Sonim Technologies. He
holds a MBA from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University.
About Openwave Mobility
Openwave Mobility is a category leader in video optimization and dynamic data plan management for the mobile telecommunications industry. Openwave Mobility’s products and services help mobile operators create new revenue opportunities and dramatically reduce bandwidth costs. The company’s global customer base consists of leading mobile operators.
Openwave Mobility is a privately held company headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices in Belfast, Madrid, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. For more information about Openwave Mobility, please visit www.openwavemobility.com.
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