Movers & Shakers: Blur Group, MMA India and more

Tim Maytom

The mobile marketing industry is ever-changing, and that applies to the people as much as the technology. Movers & Shakers is a weekly feature intended to help you keep track of who's joined which company, and what they're doing there.

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Blur Group appoints Allen as CFO
Enterprise services platform and marketplace Blur Group has carried out some home improvements, appointing Tim Allen to the board as chief financial officer for the company. Allen joined the firm in July this year from Cambium Networks, where he was CFO and vice president of finance.

"Tim's appointment further strengthens the board and we are pleased with the progress he continues to make to the financial and operational performance of Blur Group," said Philip Letts, CEO of Blue Group.

PepsiCo CEO to chair MMA India's board
D Shivakumar, CEO of PepsiCo India Holdings, has been elected as the head of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) India board of directors. The MMA's first Indian board, Shivakumar will work with 11 other industry stalwarts to create industry benchmarks and help marketers leverage mobile in the region.

"The Indian market is brimming with great opportunities for mobile media and marketing," said Shivakumar. "The MMA India board of directors brings together some of the best practitioners and minds in marketing, advertising and media, and our collective experience and expertise will hopefully propel the market to quickly adopt mobile marketing as a mainstream medium."

Vivendi chief takes non-executive role at Gloo
Gloo Networks has appointed Arnaud de Puyfontaine, current chief executive of Vivendi, as its non-executive chairman, responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the firm, alongside the other directors.

De Puyfontaine is also a non-executive director at Scandinavian media group Schibsted, and brings a wealth of insight and experience to Gloo, which is a technology company centred on acquiring and operating other firms in the media sector.

Portland Design hires first digital director
Design consultancy Portland Design has brought in Charles Billot as the firm's first digital director, charged with enhancing the company's digital capabilities and building a digital team.

Billot joins from technology design studio Hive, where he was a director with oversight of new business and strategy, working with Google, Tesco and P&G, and has previously worked as a commercial consultant with Weve.

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