Mallinson out, Brown in as CEO at ip.access


Femtocell vendor ip.access has a new CEO, following the departure of Stephen Mallinson after 11 years spent at the helm.

The new CEO is Simon Brown, known to Mobile Europe readers from past stints as CEO of SMS router vendor Telsis, and COO at messaging software company Followap before it was sold to NeuStar. Following that sale, Brown then headed NeuStar's Next Generation Messaging division (as it was then known) for a short period before moving to Telsis. He is also chairman of Movirtu.

Andy Tiller, ip.access' SVP Product Management & Marketing,  said that the "transition" period had taken place over the past three months, and had been amicable and orderly. All major customers have also been informed, he added.

Brown has a good grasp of the mobile infrastructure industry, he said, through his involvement with Telsis and Followap, and before that with Nokia Networks.

The change in CEO doesn't signal a change in direction, or strategy, Tiller added. Instead, it "signals a continued belief in the industry and the potential for ip.access to maintain its growth."

ip.access'  investors include Amadeus Capital and Scottish Equity Partners. It has also attracted industry investment from Cisco, Motorola, ADC, Qualcomm, and Intel Capital.