Industry Moves: Sony Ericsson; SMS GupShup; ChaCha


*Sony Ericsson*: The joint venture handset maker has promoted Jan Uddenfeldt to the position of CTO, effective July 1, reports WSJ. Uddenfeldt will also assume the newly created role of “Head of Sony (NYSE: SNE) Ericsson (NSDQ: ERIC) Silicon Valley.” Uddenfeldt is currently the senior technology advisor to Ericsson’s CEO. He will be based in Redwood Shores, Calif. despite the company’s Americas headquarters recently re-locating to Atlanta.

SMS GupShup: The mobile social network, with offices in Santa Clara and Mumbai, said it has hired two senior executives: Vishal Nongbet as Senior Director and Head of Marketing, and Vikram Thukral as VP of Media Sales. Nongbet has held positions at Pepsi, Times Music, Kodak and Mumbai Mantra. Vikram has held positions at Bennett, Coleman & Co. and Star TV in India.

ChaCha: The mobile answers company has appointed Shawn Schwegman to the position of VP of Web Products, including and the newly launched social network site at Previously, he was at SAS Technology, Vcommerce and

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