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Movers & Shakers: BlueJeans Network, Genesys, Mytaxi and Visualsoft

Tim Maytom

The mobile marketing industry is ever-changing, and that applies to the people as much as the technology. Movers & Shakers is a regular feature following the hottest hires in the industry, so you can keep track of who’s joined which company, and what they’re doing there.

(Left to right) Krish Ramakrishnan, Quentin Gallivan, Olivier Jouve, Andy Batty, Josh Garside, Rachel Pegram and Claire Lambert

Quentin Gallivan Named as CEO at BlueJeans Network
Industry veteran and four-time CEO Quentin Gallivan is joining cloud video firm BlueJeans Network as its new chief executive, as founder Krish Ramakrishnan steps aside to become executive chairman and chief of innovation and strategy.

“BlueJeans is leading a once-in-a-generation transformation of the collaboration, meetings, and enterprise application spaces by building a world-class enterprise video platform delivered in the cloud,” said Gallivan. “I’m excited to join this special company, helping to lead the organisation in its next phase of expansion and growth. I look forward to partnering with Krish as he continues to drive innovation and strategic market development for BlueJeans.”

Gallivan boasts a strong record of strategic expansion, operational excellence and delivering for customers and shareholders across his 25-year career. He helped grow Verisign from a $20m revenue cloud security firm to a $1.5bn revenue cloud infrastructure company, and also served as CEO at Postini and Pentaho.

“From the time I met Quentin, I knew he was the right fit for BlueJeans,” said Ramakrishnan. “He’s demonstrated tremendous success at every company he’s led, particularly in scaling enterprise platforms and cloud-based technology companies, and he’s earned the respect of his employees, customers, partners, and investors along the way. With Quentin as my trusted execution partner, I am incredibly excited to squarely focus on the aspects of leadership I enjoy most – innovation and strategy.”

Genesys Introduces Olivier Jouve as New PureCloud Leaeder

Omnichannel customer experience and contact centre solutions leader Genesys has brought Oliver Joule, formerly of IBM, on board to serve as its executive vice president of PureCloud, its cloud-based customer engagement and employee collaboration solution.

Jouve has 40 years of experience in global product management, research and development for enterprise and startup tech brands, and has significant expertise in machine learning, text analytics and AI. Most recently, he served as vice president of offering management for IBM’s Watson IoT and connected operations, and at Genesys, he will be responsible for driving the growth and evolution of its PureCloud offering.

“Olivier has the entrepreneurial grit and the enterprise-level experience to lead PureCloud into its next phase of growth and success,” said Paul Segre, CEO of Genesys. “PureCloud’s recent momentum is undeniable – analysts say it, our customers love it, and market demand proves it. Olivier’s proven track record of taking innovative solutions to market will help us accelerate the execution of the company’s strategy.”

Mytaxi Announced New UK General Manager Following Hailo Merger

Andy Batty, former general manager of luxury hospitality provider Onefinestay, is joining Mytaxi, Europe’s largest e-hailing app, as its new UK general manager. His appointment follows the successful integration of Hailo into the Mytaxi brand and as the company continues to grow across the Europe with the support of owner the Daimler Group.

“I’m happy to be joining Mytaxi at such an exciting juncture, both for the business and the industry as a whole,” said Batty. “The UK is a fast moving, dynamic market in which the professionalism of our driver network and an unparalleled service mean Mytaxi can truly set itself apart.”

Batty brings a deep understanding of premium service delivery from his time at Onefinestay, and will use his experience balancing the needs of stakeholders to help manage Mytaxi’s unique ecosystem of black cab drivers and consumers. Prior to Onefinestay, Batty headed up European operations for Tough Mudder, where he helped expand and deliver operations for the firm, experience which will help ensure Mytaxi’s continued growth in the UK.

Visualsoft Strengthens Manchester Branch with Three Hires
eCommerce and digital agency Visualsoft has appointed three new digital marketing specialists in its Manchester office to support its continued growth in the area. Since moving to larger premises on Peter Street in Manchester in November last year, the team has expanded to 16 members of staff and won new clients including Blue Inc, Moda in Pelle and Country House Outdoor.

Rachel Pegram joins the firm as a content writer, having held similar positions at iProspect, Lakestar McCann and JAMpr. Josh Garside has been hired as an outreach executive, while Claire Lambert has joined as PPC executive. The agency, which is headquartered in Teesside, also has offices in Newcastle and London, and the new recruits take its total headcount to 233.

“This year has been an exciting time for Visualsoft in Manchester, and we’ve seen growth in both our SEO and PPC teams thanks to a constant flow of new clients,” said Jonny Pennington, lead SEO strategist at Visualsoft. “Our expansion is set to continue as we attract new brands within the fashion and footwear sectors and we’re already looking at further recruitment in Manchester. As we’re approaching capacity at our 24-person office, we are actively exploring opportunities to increase this space for new hires.”

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