Top 50 High-Flying Female Executives in Mobile Content
Tim Green of Mobile Entertainment Magazine has again compiled a list of the top 50 high-flying female executives in mobile content, and he has kindly permitted us to publish the full article, with all the credits for him and his magazine.
Its an impressive list of female business heroes who have started companies as pioneers, such as Claire Boonstra of Layar, or who have exited their company, such as Cheryl Dalrymple, CFO of Admob (sold to Google for almost 1 billion...!)... and we want to interview all of them!
The names and text below is republished from ME.
TOP 50 High-Flying Female Executives in Mobile Content
Julie Ask, principal analyst, Forrester
When ME asked its audience to suggest names for this list, Ask came up more than most. One of the analysts that wields true influence in this space.
Kate Barry, general manager, PlayPhone
PlayPhone is one of the big winners in the post-D2C era, one of the few to flourish in transferring its skills to B2B, social media more. Barry is one of its key players.
Balbir Blugan, app acquisition manager, Sony Ericsson
As part of its reinvention as a maker of sleek touchscreens, Sony Ericsson is also looking afresh at apps – with former THQ exec Blugan in charge.
Claire Boonstra, co-founder, Layar
AR is undoubtedly mobile’s new new thing. And Layar, the firm founded by Boonstra, is its biggest champion.
Jennifer Byrne, director of business development, Verizon Wireless
Verizon has always been associated with content, thanks to Get It Now and V-Cast. Byrne was involved with all of this, and is now taking the operator into new areas.
Laurel Chamberlain, director of digital engagement, Turner Broadcasting EMEA
Under Chamberlain, Turner has become deeply committed to mobile, and thanks to brands like Ben X, it has serious clout.
Erica Chriss, VP of strategy and biz dev, Greystripe
In the midst of the Apple/Adobe spat, Greystripe made much of its Apple-approved rich ad formats. Nice one, Erica.
Cheryl Dalrymple, CFO, Admob
$750m sale to Google? AdMob must have a decent CFO. Step forward Cheryl Dalrymple, one of the original AdMobbers.
Mary Dillon, CEO of U.S. Cellular
The only female CEO of a US wireless carrier – albeit it a tier two carrier. Just a few months into the job. Will be interesting to see her approach to content
Julia Dimambro, MD, Cherry Media
We make no apologies for the perennial appearance of Dimambro in our various top exec lists – just as she makes no apologies for being the face of mobile porn.
Lee Epting, direct of branded content services, Vodafone
Epting moved from Nokia to front Vodafone’s 360 launch. It was not the greatest success, but Voda ain’t giving up. And with WAC, JIL and the rest in the ascendant, Epting could yet make a huge impact.
Beatrice Farina, marketing communications director, Shazam
Shazam has 75m users, and there are persistent rumours of a big-money acquisition. Farina’s job is a lot bigger than it used to be.
Tanya Field, director of mobile data group, Telefonica O2
One of the most senior figures in the European content space. Field oversees Telefonica group strategy in UI, advertising and mobile internet.
Anne Frisbie, head of InMobi North America
Some ad networks flare briefly and then fall off the radar. Others are like InMobi and seems to grow and grow and grow. The firm’s next big project is Europe and the US. Frisbie will be taking on AdMob, Apple, Millennial, Mojiva…
Amelia Gammon, VP of international, Fox Mobile
With two years at Fox and a spell at Universal before that, Gammon knows as much as anyone about movie and TV licensing. Good at catching trout too.
Judy Gibbons, partner, Accel
After a board level career in mobile companies, Gibbons started funding them in one of the telco world’s busiest VCs. Also CEO of Mippin.
Tamara Gruber, VP of marketing, Crisp
Big year for Crisp, which under Gruber launched new rich media ad formats and ran campaigns with Intel, Ford, VH1, Stanley, and more.
Madeline Herdrich, VP of mobile (North America), Paramount
Formerly a senior exec at AT&T, Herdrich knows her way round US mobile, and now leads wireless strategy for one of the big league Hollywood studios.
Sabine Irrgang, COO, GoFresh
Co-founder of the German firm, which forged a mobile social space long before Facebook entered the scene. The itsmy service now has five million user created pages.
Jessica Kahn VP of engineering, Tapulous
Kahn worked at Apple on the Safari team before moving to one of the pioneers of the app space. Tapulous was, of course, bought by Disney earlier this year.
Helen Keegan, founder, Beep Marketing
Look up ‘networking’ in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of Helen Keegan. Everyone loves Helen, doyenne of MoMo, Swedish Beers and a myriad other mobile get-togethers…
Sanyu Kiruluta, team lead, developer relations EMEA, RIM
As the BlackBerry moves inexorably towards the consumer space, RIM is focusing more and more on apps. Kiruluta is central to the planning process.
Alice Lankester, VP of marketing, Loopt
This Silicon Valley veteran left Photobucket to join what has become one of the giants of the social location sector, with over four million users.
Sissel Henriette Larsen, director, apps and content, Telenor Group
Been around since the dawn of our marvellous industry – first with Telenor then DRM firm Beep Science then back to Telenor again, where she heads up the operator’s content strategy.
Emma Lloyd, business development director, Sky
Sky is big in mobile thanks to apps and streaming deals with operators. Lloyd has been its head of mobile for two years.
Catalina Lou, European sales director, EA
Lou paid her mobile dues at iFone and Glu and is now helping EA replicate its console success in mobile.
Bernadette Lyons, MD of Mach Mobile
Big year for Mach Mobile (formerly End2End), which is transferring what is learned as a games portal manager into the app payment space. Lyons is at the helm.
Sarah Kavanagh, commercial director, 4th Screen Advertising
MIG’s ad division 4th Screen is starting to reap the rewards as smartphones bring the big agencies and brands in mobile at last. Kavanagh is a key member of the team.
Kristin McDonnell, CEO, Limelife
LimeLife operates at ‘the intersection of community, shopping, and entertainment’, and purchased Tapatap last year. McDonnell is acknowledged as a powerful driver of new retail ideas.
Mary McDowell, EVP, mobile phones unit, Nokia
She’s been a board member since 2004, but last month McDowell got promoted to head of devices. Nokia’s poor recent form should give her lots of leeway to try new things.
Carolina Milanesi, VP of research, Gartner Mobile Devices
Milanesi leads the research for mobile devices worldwide and is responsible for the forecasting and market share in this area. Hot area.
Cassandra Millhouse, director of product marketing, Amdocs OSS
With data issues and payments moving centre stage, Amdocs expertise is in high demand. Millhouse is an eloquent communicator for the firm that bought MX Telecom earlier this year.
Laura Marriott, director, Neomedia
After a sticky start, there’s genuine movement in the barcode space that NeoMedia owns all the key IP for. Marriott has all the experience to maintain it.
Tomoko Namba, CEO, DeNA
DeNA’s Mobage Town social network makes $500m a year. Under Namba, the Japanese firm has moved into the US and China, and launched apps on iPhone.
Michalia Negri, country manager, Zed UK
The woman re-fashioning the UK from one of Zed's blind spots to the flagship of its B2B operation.
Ji Young Park, CEO, Com2Us
Park is one of the most successful of all female CEOs in our business. She founded Com2uS in 2000, and it’s still the Korean games publisher with the biggest global footprint.
Rimma Perelmuter, executive director, MEF
The face of the industry’s own trade body ¬– one she has guided to well over 150 members since her recruitment a decade ago.
Diana Pouliot, director of mobile advertising, Google
Given Eric Schmidt’s pronouncements about mobile – and that swoop for AdMob – you can imagine how significant Pouliot’s contribution could be.
Lucia Predolin, director of international marketing, Buongiorno
Ten years ago Buongiorno sold ringtones. Now it’s a veritable giant of mobile marketing, B2B and community services. Predolin is part of the team behind the transformation.
Carol Realini, CEO, Obopay
Among the dozens of acquisitions made by Nokia, Realini’s Obopay is one of the most intriguing. The market for person to person payments could eclipse anything seen so far....
Liz Schimel, SVP of music, Nokia
Nokia has successfully reached out to the record labels, with Schimel directing the strategy. Fair to say, some music services have worked better than others, but hers is still a massive job.
Lynn Tornabene, CMO, Quattro Wireless/Apple
Formerly with Google's DoubleClick division and now – wouldn’t you know it – with Apple, thanks to the latter’s purchase of Quattro earlier in 2010.
Kerstin Trikalitis, CEO, Out There Media
Out There’s concentration on largely message-based operator campaigns has been a huge success. Trikalitis is the high profile boss, but she should share her inclusion here with co-CEO Daphne Loukas.
Melis Turkmen, head of mobile marketing and advertising, Turkcell
Some of the best innovation comes out of emerging markets. That’s the case with Turkey, where mobile marketing is well-established and often experimental. Turkmen is one of the space’s premier execs.
Petra Vorsteher, EVP, Smaato
Co-founder of one of the world's fastest growing ad 'optimisers' – now in 220 countries with 40 plus networks.
Lauren Walter, head of international, Flirtomatic
Being head of international at Flirtomatic is quite a role given that the multi-award winning social networking has expanded into German, US and Oz – and is clearly looking at other destinations.
Cher Wang, chair, HTC
From maker of crap Windows phones to Apple’s closest competitor in sexy smartphones. A total credit to founder Wang.
Christy Wyatt, corporate VP, software and services, Motorola
Wyatt has been with Moto for years, so she must be enjoying the company’s renaissance thanks to Android.
Jeannie Yang, director of product alchemy, Smule
Products like Ocarina have made Smule one of the boundary-pushers in mobile apps. Yang guides such projects ‘from concept through completion’.
Fiamma Zarife, director of value added services, Claro
The country that put the B in BRIC is a magnet for content makers, with its vast music-mad subscriber base. Claro has over 30 million subs, and Zarife is directing the VAS strategy.
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