AMSTERDAM AND SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the provider of Internet mobile security and privacy software and services to 172 million active users, today announced that Todd Simpson has been appointed to the role of Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.
Mr. Simpson brings extensive technology startup experience along with in-depth mobile and cloud expertise. He joins AVG from Innovation Partners at InterDigital Communications where he led corporate development and partnering. Previously, he held the role of Chief of Innovation at Mozilla where he spearheaded the move to mobile and cloud. During his tenure at Mozilla, he added a secure privacy protecting identity system into Firefox OS for smartphones. Mr. Simpson was also the President and CEO of Ditech Networks and CTO of Zi Corporation, developer of mobile and text messaging software.
AVG appointed Mr. Simpson to this newly created role to help execute and align AVG's strategy with market innovation, corporate development, strategic industry partnerships and co-development opportunities. Mr. Simpson will drive execution of AVG's strategic initiatives on privacy, performance and protection with a mobile focus.
"Todd joins us at a critical time in our expansion. 2014 will be a year we focus on growing our user base while accelerating our move across multiple platforms and developing meaningful new revenue opportunities with strategic partners worldwide," said Gary Kovacs, CEO of AVG Technologies. "Todd will be responsible for developing the partnerships, acquisitions, and innovation to deliver against this strategy."
Mr. Simpson holds a PhD. in Software Engineering and a BSc. in Computer Science (with distinction). He is an inventor on various granted and pending patents, and is a noted industry speaker who publishes frequently. He will work out of AVG Technologies' San Francisco office.
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AVG's mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience, providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG's powerful yet easy-to?use software and online services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG's software and services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 172 million active users as of September 30, 2013 and offers a protection, performance and privacy products and services suite to consumers and small businesses including Internet security, performance optimization, mobile security, online backup, identity protection and family safety software.
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