Song Tang Yih

Palo Alto Networks appointed Song Tang Yih as its Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific including Australia and New Zealand. Song brings strong leadership skills and two decades of solid industry experience to this position. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Song spent eight years in F5 Networks, a leading Application Delivery Network technology company, and had a short stint at OWW Capital, a private equity investment company that focuses on IT, logistics, healthcare, and financial services. He has held several senior management roles in sales, marketing, channel operations and business management at IBM Singapore and Lotus Development Corp. Song holds a Bachelor of Science degree from National University of Singapore.

Thanee Chavasirikultol

Extreme Networks, Inc. announced the appointment of Thanee Chavasirikultolas Country Manager for Thailand. Thanee, helming Extreme’s first office in Thailand since May 2010, will be responsible for overseeing and implementing Extreme’s strategy to expand its footprint and drive greater market share in existing and new market segments. He will also build a team of proven professionals to support and execute go-to-market strategies and enhance Extreme’s presence in Thailand. He will be reporting directly to Nicky Choo, Extreme Networks’ Regional Director in South East Asia.

Prior to joining Extreme Networks, Thanee held senior management positions in global technology and networking companies including Enterasys Network, Siemens Enterprise Communication Group, Lucent Technologies and Madge Networks. During his 19 years in business he has developed excellent relationships with a very wide network of decision makers in many verticals including telecommunications, government, finance and energy. He has a proven track record in securing new major accounts and developing effective partnership infrastructure.

Thanee has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Chulalongkorn University and also a Masters of Business Administration from Thammasat University. Today, he also contributes in academia as a member of the Board of Alumni in the Faculty of Engineering in KMITL.

Greg Stuart

The Mobile Marketing Association announced the appointment of Greg Stuart as President and CEO.

Mr. Stuart was President and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) from 2001 through 2007. During his tenure that organization’s revenue grew more than 500 percent, its membership by ten times and Internet Advertising spend grew from USD$6 billion to more than USD$17 billion annually. Over the past three years, Mr. Stuart has served as advisor, director and angel investor to more than a dozen venture-backed companies worldwide.

In addition to his industry leading status in advertising and digital media, his operating expertise includes leading cross-functional teams in product development, go-to-market strategy, company positioning, business development/deal making, marketing, and scalable revenue generation with a record of success in both rapid growth businesses and turnarounds.

Mr. Stuart will be based in New York and will oversee MMA’s global operations and enhance MMA’s effectiveness at the global, regional and national levels in order to reach its goal of making mobile an indispensible part of the marketing mix. His immediate focus will be to work with members to dramatically increase marketing spend on mobile while helping brands and agencies to be more successful; and to support media as well as technology companies and carriers to develop and prosper within the mobile marketing ecosystem.

David Brown

Independent marketing agency iris has appointed digital heavyweight David Brown to head up its expanded digital operation. Brown, who joined recently from XM Asia, is known for co-founding Sydney boutique agency Soap Creative and has worked for other leading agencies including Euro RSCG. He will report to the agency’s managing director Craig Mapleston.

Brown, who has led the strategic and creative vision for digital campaigns for major global brands including Diageo, Dell, Barclay, Sony, Nokia, adidas, Peugeot, Virgin Atlantic, MSN and Orange, will spearhead iris’ strong digital offering. He will advise agency clients on maximising online opportunities as part of integrated or standalone campaigns. His work has been recognized by organizations such as New York Festivals, Cannes and the NMA’s. David has also been on judging panels for the Creative Circle Awards, AWWWARD, EPICA’s and the 2010 Cannes Cyber Lions.

Ponnusamy Appu

In addition, iris has also appointed Ponnusamy Appu, who joined from OgilvyOne as Senior Developer, alongside a team of three new front and backend developers. Appu, who has been involved in the creation of high-profile digital projects such as Yahoo’s Purple Hunt website and Singtel’s Football Frenzy web portal, will be charged with leading iris’ team of interactive developers.

FocusVision, a global provider of live video transmission, analysis and archive solutions for the qualitative market research industry today announced its opening of FocusVision Asia located in Singapore, along with the appointment of Patricia Poo to the position of Regional Director, Asia. Most recently, Patricia was the Associate Partner, Southeast Asia and Taiwan at The Gallup Organization, a leading research-based consulting firm, where she spearheaded the acquisition of many new clients in the region.

Ovum is proud to welcome back Elaine Chow as a Senior Consultant with the Ovum Asia-Pacific consulting team. Elaine will be based in their Hong Kong office.

Elaine brings with her 10 years of international experience in providing strategic advice to operators, vendors, regulators and governments in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East on all aspects of telecoms regulations, policy and commercial strategy. Elaine’s areas of expertise include access and interconnection, cost modelling, competition, NGN/NGA, pricing and opex management strategies.

Elaine was previously a consultant at Ovum’s Melbourne office and now rejoins Ovum from Ernst & Young Hong Kong’s Telecoms Business Advisory team, where she focussed on the Greater China and South East Asia regions. Elaine was also with Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Telecoms Strategy team based out of London, and at Maxis Communications, Malaysia, where she specialised in telecoms regulations.

Telenor Connexion opens new office in Japan strengthening its presence in the Asia/Pacific region. The company has already established itself as a leading global M2M provider in the region working with a number of prominent Japanese customers and several automotive OEM’s.

The office, located in Tokyo, is managed by Ola Olsson, Country Manager for Japan and Korea. Mr. Olsson has more than 10 years of experience in various sales functions within the Telenor Group and at Vodafone and will work closely with customers and partners in Japan and Korea to strengthen existing relationships and identify new business opportunities. Telenor Connexion is wholly owned by Telenor Group, which serves more than 60 million mobile subscribers in Asia.

Mobile Advertising Network InMobi appointed Rice Communications for regional support in Asia for its communications requirements in the region, including key markets such as India and Australia, for the next twelve months.