CHELMSFORD, MASS. – Jan. 19, 2009 – Zeemote™ Inc. ( http://www.zeemote.com/), the recognized leader in designing, manufacturing, marketing and licensing wireless controller technology and products for mobile devices, today announced that Ernie Cormier has been selected to serve as the company CEO and President.
Formerly the Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director of Group Strategy and Corporate Development with Virgin Media, Ernie has been tapped to drive strategy and oversee Zeemote’s growth. Following a groundbreaking year in 2008 in which Zeemote formed major partnerships with global handset manufacturers, mobile operators and game developers and publishers, Ernie will ensure that Zeemote continues its successful momentum. Ernie’s appointment allows co-founder Beth Marcus to focus on Zeemote’s IP strategy and development as CTO and Co-Founder.
With over 25 years experience as an innovator and executive in the telecom and technology industries, Ernie’s history of leadership is extensive. At Virgin Media, he led the company’s consumer division with $6.5 billion in revenue, 6,000 employees, and 9.5 million customers. During Ernie’s tenure at Virgin Media, the company went through the challenging integration of three companies; a significant turnaround in performance, customer satisfaction, and strategy; and one of the largest rebrands in UK history. Prior to Virgin Media, Ernie served as Vice President of Product Management at Nextel Communications, Inc., focusing on data applications across all channels, convergence strategy, M2M solutions, delivery platforms and emerging opportunities. His duties included development and marketing of product and service offerings, go-to-market planning and execution, channel and partner development, and related management functions. Additionally, Ernie has held executive-level roles at TradeOut and Lagardere Group, and founded several software and game development companies during his illustrious career.
“The market and consumer response to Zeemote in 2008 is an exciting validation of the team’s commitment to deliver the world’s best mobile gaming experience. The company continues experiencing rapid global adoption amongst the handset vendor and mobile operator communities,” said Cormier. “This is a critical time for the company and I’m honoured to be working with such a talented and passionate team.”
Zeemote is also expanding the management team with two key hires in Finance & Operations and Marketing. Karen Cambray joins Zeemote in the role of CFO and Vice President of Operations. Bringing more than 20 years of technology, mobile and finance experience to the company, Karen is responsible for directing Zeemote’s financial strategy, plans and operating policies. Before joining Zeemote, Karen served at Groove Mobile and Be Free where she oversaw financial operations, human resource, legal and administrative functions.
Hired to develop the Zeemote brand and marketing programs and to position the company amongst consumer and industry constituents, Glenn Kiladis takes the reins as Vice President of Global Marketing. Glenn’s comprehensive marketing and brand building knowledge in the wireless industry will be instrumental in strategically increasing the company’s visibility and extending product offerings. Previously, he held marketing leadership roles at Digit Wireless, Logica Mobile and CMGI’s Myway.com.
“It’s with enthusiasm that we welcome Ernie, Karen and Glenn to the Zeemote family,” said Marcus. “As the industry continues to embrace the Zeemote JS1 Controller and validate our contribution to mobile gaming, I’m eager to keep on developing and implementing our IP strategy within the mobile industry and beyond.”
Zeemote has developed pivotal customer relationships with global handset manufacturers Nokia and Sony Ericsson and rolled out products with mobile operators including Telefonica Movil, and Vodafone in Europe and Telcel in The Americas. The company is also working closely with the top mobile game developer and publishers on Zeemote Ready games and recently premiered an SDK for Research In Motion’s Blackberry. Additionally, Zeemote has worked with its top-tier supply partners to develop enhanced production capacity to meet pending product rollouts in new markets including the U.S., Asia, and South America with existing and additional partners. The company continues to expand its team internationally and has recently occupied larger offices in Chelmsford, Mass.
Since its inception last year, Zeemote has been widely credited with revolutionizing the mobile gaming experience. The company’s landmark product, the JS1 Controller, has won multiple awards in 2008 for its ability to provide users a truly engaging experience with mobile games and other applications residing on the handset. For more information, please visit the Zeemote’s new website at http://www.zeemote.com.
About Zeemote Inc.
Zeemote Inc. is the recognized leader in designing, manufacturing, marketing and licensing wireless controller technology and products for mobile devices.
About Zeemote JS1 Controller
The company's debut product is the Zeemote JS1 Controller, which creates the world's best mobile gaming experience.
The award-winning Bluetooth gaming controller is marketed and sold globally through partnerships with top handset manufacturers and mobile operators. The world's leading mobile game developers and publishers are actively creating Zeemote Ready titles to take advantage of the exciting and immersive game play delivered by the JS1 Controller.
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