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Founding Dopplr investor Marko Ahtisaari is joining the travel-plans social network full-time as CEO, replacing Lisa Sounio who will stay on…

imageFounding Dopplr investor Marko Ahtisaari is joining the travel-plans social network full-time as CEO, replacing Lisa Sounio who will stay on as chairman of the board. Ahtisaari left Nokia (NYSE: NOK) two years ago as director of design strategy, where he worked with Dopplr co-founder Matt Jones on mobile user experiences. He had taken a similar position at ad-funded mobile net Blyk, where he will continue as an adviser, and was an early investor in Dopplr but will now join properly on January 1. Does Ahtisaari’s joining point to a potential path for Dopplr down the mobile route, where there is clear traveller potential?

Sounio’s chairmanship will be of board members Tyler Brule (former Wallpaper* publisher) and investor Saul Klein. Dopplr got a second round investment from a host of dot.commers like Lars Hinrichs, Joshua Schachter and Azeem Azhar. Dopplr has offices in Hoxton/Shoreditch and Helsinki. Release.

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  1. Definitely the new appointment of Marko Ahtisaari will show a new path to Dopplr as changes tends to innovation. It will give a new dimension to the industry. on the other hand Lisa Sounio becoming the new chairman of the board will be a challenging job for her to do. Sounio has run her other company, a design strategy and PR agency Sonay which certainly divides her time between the two business thus being the reason for her to step down to the new post. Dopplr wants people with a full time commitment to the company and Ahtisaari is always a better option to speed up the companies functionality.

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