iSkoot Names Jim Hudak Vice President of Business Development
Telecom Industry Veteran to Accelerate iSkoot’s Partner Plans and Expansion Efforts
San Francisco – March 17, 2008 – iSkoot, the leading provider of carrier-friendly mobile VoIP solutions, today announced the appointment of Jim Hudak to the position of vice president of business development. Hudak brings more than 15 years of relevant business development, marketing and product management experience to iSkoot. In his new role, Hudak will lead iSkoot’s growth initiatives by establishing strategic partnerships with carriers and OEMs while also focusing on the expansion of iSkoot’s solutions into new global markets.
“Jim’s telecommunications experience and mobile social networking expertise will be invaluable assets for iSkoot, as we continue to expand the scope of our offering,” said Mark Jacobstein, CEO of iSkoot. “I am confident that Jim will make a significant impact on iSkoot’s business development efforts as we work toward achieving our goal of ushering in the next era of carrier-friendly mobile VoIP.”
Hudak joins iSkoot from mig33, the first global mobile community to integrate the most popular Internet applications together for anyone with a mobile phone. In his role as vice president of business development, Hudak spearheaded a number of strategic initiatives, including regulatory compliance and global payment solutions. Prior to mig33, Hudak was the vice president of business development for Fonav, which was acquired by Trolltech. As the CEO of AirTx, a text messaging software company, Jim led the sale of the company to Openwave in 2004.
“iSkoot’s innovative technology has boldly redefined mobile VoIP, as it is the only operator-friendly solution that delivers day-one benefits to carriers and consumers alike,” said Jim Hudak.” This is an exciting time to be in the mobile industry, and iSkoot is well-positioned to lead in this market. I look forward to working with such a world-class team of innovators, and I’m excited to contribute to the company’s strategic expansion efforts.”
Hudak holds an MBA from Indiana University and a BA from SFSU.
San Francisco-based iSkoot brings leading internet services like Skype to mobile handsets around the world, delivering rich consumer experiences with minimal impact on operator networks.
iSkoot launched the first and only carrier-grade, carrier-deployed Skype-for-Mobile application in 2006, and now powers the Mobile World Congress award-winning 3 Skypephone currently sold in eight countries on three continents.
iSkoot takes advantage of the voice-optimized circuit-switched network for delivery of voice communications, in keeping with its mission to engineer elegant and operator-friendly solutions to the challenge of bringing resource-intensive internet services to mobile handsets.
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