ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leading provider of mobile entertainment services to the wireless industry, today announced that it has added two highly successful industry veterans to its Board of Directors to help guide the company’s unprecedented growth. The addition of the two new board members, Richard Licursi and Osmo Hautanen, is designed to ensure ClearSky maintains its leadership position in the mobile data industry.
Richard Licursi, a successful entrepreneur and a pioneer in the evolution of the wireless industry, has been elected Chairman of the Board. Mr. Licursi is currently a Vice President of Motorola. He was President and CEO of MeshNetworks, Inc., a venture backed company specializing in ad hoc peer-to-peer mobile broadband communications prior to Mesh being acquired by Motorola in 2005. Mr. Licursi also co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Wireless Group, a wireless telecom software company purchased by Excel Switching in 1999. Prior to Phoenix, he served as President of ABRAXAS International, a telecom software consulting firm acquired by MCI in October 1991. Mr. Licursi was CEO and President of Cincinnati Bell Information Systems, CBIS, now Convergys, during its initial years and was instrumental in establishing CBIS as the world’s premier wireless customer care and billing services company. Prior to CBIS, Mr. Licursi held numerous positions at Auxton Computer Enterprises, acquired by Cincinnati Bell, Inc. in 1987, his last position being that of Executive Vice President of Operations.
Osmo Hautanen, is acknowledged as a thought leader in the telecommunications and technology fields. Mr. Hautanen has served as CEO of Magnolia Broadband, Inc., a fabless semiconductor-design company for the cellular communications industry, since 2004. From 2002 to 2003, he was the CEO of Fenix LLC, the holding company for Union Pacific Corporation’s extensive portfolio of technology assets. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Hautanen was President of Americas for Philips Consumer Communications group. Prior, he was also CEO of Formus Communications, an international wireless communications company. As an 18-year veteran of Nokia, Mr. Hautanen served in multiple roles: Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America, Vice President and General Manager of Latin America, as well as Vice President and General Manager of Personal Communications Services, which led Nokia’s dominance in the North American handset market. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Datrek Miller International, Inc., a supplier of products and services to the golf industry and Axesstel, a provider of fixed wireless and broadband voice and data products.
Bill Poellmitz , COO of Data Burst Technologies, Rich Rudow, Managing Director of Trimble Navigation, and Dean Fresonke , CEO of ClearSky Mobile Media retain their board seats and continue to use their considerable experience to ensure ClearSky’s focus remains on servicing its existing clients and increasing its market share by delivering leading edge technology and solutions in the very dynamic mobile data services market niche.
Dean Fresonke , ClearSky CEO, said: “We are delighted that Richard and Osmo have agreed to join the ClearSky board. The breadth of their entrepreneurial experience is matched only by the magnitude of their successes.”
About ClearSky Mobile Media
Since 1995, ClearSky has been helping carriers of all sizes stay on the cusp of technology with a complete portfolio of outsourced data services. Today, ClearSky is in the business of empowering wireless carriers’ participation in the burgeoning world of wireless consumer content. ClearSky provides an end-to-end, one-stop shop solution for carriers of all sizes and with varying levels of experience in the wireless consumer content market place throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. ClearSky provides carriers an industry-leading portfolio of downloadable content, mobile web browsing and MMS services delivered with a full complement of billing integration and reporting products. Staying on top has never been so easy. Learn more at www.csky.com.
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