Industry Moves: Virgin Mobile USA; Thumbplay; Motorola; Didmo


Virgin Mobile (NYSE: VM) USA: Naval officer Daniel Acton is joining as Virgin Mobile’s new chief information and technology officer. He will be responsible for the Virgin Mobile USA’s current IT infrastructure and product development, but in addition, with the recent close of the Helio acquisition, he will lead the new postpaid engineering and financial systems. Throughout his career he has held a variety of executive roles in engineering and M&A at GE, Lockheed Martin and IBM, among others, while serving concurrently as an information operations officer in the Navy Reserve. Release.

Thumbplay: The mobile entertainment provider has tapped Bradley Blanken to lead wireless carrier relationships as VP-carrier business development. Effective today, he will report to Ken Hayes, EVP-carrier relations. Blanken joins from iSkoot, where he served as VP-carrier sales, and had earlier led carrier relations at AOL-owned Third Screen Media.

Motorola: Beefing up its marketing team with up to 15 new roles, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) has hired former BT (NYSE: BT) Vision sales director Simon Collinson as director of marketing strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marketing News reports. Collison will report to Andrew Morley, VP of marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Last week, the company hired back James King from Samsung as its European marketing director. King had defected to Samsung about a month ago.

Didmo: Roberto Chaves has been hired as the delivery platform’s new CEO where he will grow Didmo’s presence in North America and Europe. He began his career as a co-founder of Evolution 42, a software and hardware virtual reality system, and then later moved on to hold various positions at Cycore AB’s Cult3D R&D team, Mental Images, and IPDrum. Release.

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