Industry Moves: Motricity Names Four New Execs, Including New President/COO

Bellevue, Wash.-based Motricity, which provides infrastructure to wireless carriers, has appointed Jim Smith to the role of President and COO; Richard Leigh to the position of SVP and General Counsel; Deepak Dhawan as SVP of Solutions and Services and Abe Danzinger as VP of Sales and Engineering. In the case of Smith’s appointment, he is replacing former president and COO Steve Elfman, whose departure to work at Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel spurred a lawsuit between the two companies. Release.

COO Jim Smith: Smith will be responsible for Motricity’s market expansion and day-to-day execution across all company functions. For the past six years, Smith served as a senior executive at Avaya, and before Avaya, worked as COO and Co-Founder of Vector Development, an e-commerce operating company.

SVP and General Counsel Richard Leigh: Leigh will be responsible for all legal and regulatory matters. Previously, Leigh served as EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Cell Therapeutics, and worked as VP and General Counsel to Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc.

SVP Deepak Dhawan: Dhawan will be responsible for leveraging Motricity’s mCore Platform to deliver services to operators and content providers. Previously, Dhawan served as a senior marketing exec at RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) and spent five years at AT&T (NYSE: T) Mobility, where he held executive roles in corporate strategy, marketing and network business planning.

VP Abe Danzinger: Abe has served in executive roles at Informix Software, Hyperion Solutions, Amdocs, and most recently as SVP, Services at Avolent. He will be responsible for driving growth in the sales organization and building a global team that is focused on quality, solution sales and services.

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