Jos de Kruijf Appointed Chief Operating Officer and President of Miyowa

    - Mobile Specialist Joins Miyowa

    PARIS, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Miyowa, a world leader in mobile instant messaging
client software, today announced the appointment of Jos de Kruijf as Chief
Operating Officer and President. Jos will report to Pascal Lorne, CEO and
co-founder of Miyowa. Involved in the company as a board member since December
2006, Jos will now lead Miyowa's product plan, customer operations, sales,
strategic partnership and, design and development teams.
    Jos has extensive entrepreneurial experience within the IT industry and
an impressive background in management of top-flight companies such as ADOBE
and NORTEL NETWORKS. After founding Europe, Jos built from the
ground up OPENWAVE EMEA. More recently, he was Managing Director European
Operations of Desktop Standard. Previously, he was President and Chief
Executive Officer of Contarra Systems. Prior to joining Miyowa, Jos held the
position of Senior Vice President and General Manager at Seven Networks
International, a specialist in mobile email.
    Jos de Kruijf commented: "I decided to join Miyowa because its technology
is one of the most promising in the mobile industry. Its track record and
client list are already very impressive in the MIM and presence space which is
effectively still only in its infancy. This sector is set to grow further and
mature in 2008. I will do my utmost to strengthen Miyowa to bolster its world
leading position. We will be launching a number of new services, at Mobile
World Congress in February, including the world's first look at our innovative
'rich address book'."
    Pascal Lorne, CEO and Chairman of Miyowa, said: "Since its creation in
2003, Miyowa has had four fantastic years and the future looks set to be even
more promising. This second phase of growth will see Miyowa reinforce its team
with all the necessary experience and skills. We welcome Jos, whose background
and high-level experience with mobile operators will be key in our continued
    Pierre Taillardat said, on behalf of Techfund, the venture capitalist
partner of Miyowa since September 2006: " This is a great opportunity for
Miyowa to capitalise on the experience of a seasoned manager. We greatly
appreciate Jos's contribution to the board and we welcome this new
appointment. Pascal Lorne has built an expert mobile team - its skill, vision,
results-driven attitude and sense of innovation are a major asset for the
    In the coming weeks, Miyowa will reinforce its sales team by hiring area
sales managers in Europe and Asia.

    About Miyowa

    Miyowa is the world leader in mobile Instant messaging software clients.
Miyowa created the first handset independent universal end-to-end client
messaging technology (MoveMessenger(TM)), compliant with all major existing
standards and systems in place.

    Miyowa provides mobile operators and portals with a white-labelled,
scalable range of Instant messaging related content and services. Since 2003,
the company has developed a thorough expertise in federating mobile operators'
and portals' communities.

    With the official support of the major Instant messaging brands, Miyowa
allows operators' customers to access their preferred messenger and multimedia

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