January 23, 2009

New CEO for Handango

Mobile software retailer, Handango has announced the promotion of Alex Bloom from vice president of content and international to CEO and president, succeeding current CEO and president Bill Stone, effective from next month.

"Alex is a true wireless veteran with a vast amount of experience in the industry. From leading Verizon's content and programming to cutting the first WAP deals at GTE to running Motricity's smartphone business, Alex is the perfect leader for Handango during this period of unprecedented smartphone market growth," states Sandy Miller, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Handango.

"At a time when the smartphone market is the fastest growing segment in telecomm, Handango finds itself in the center of an eco-system primed for expansion," states Alex Bloom. "This is a terrific opportunity for me to combine my background and passion for the wireless content industry and take Handango to the next level."

Bloom will take over for current CEO Bill Stone who will remain an active member of the Board of Directors as he transitions to the position of SVP and president of Qualcomm's FLO TVT.

Handango was founded in 1999 as PalmCentral.com, to provide third-party software for personal digital assistants. Once smartphone devices emerged, the name was changed to Handango. Over the last decade, Handango has welcomed applications from all operating systems including Windows Mobile Smartphone and Pocket PC, Palm, Symbian S60 and UIQ, BlackBerry and most recently for the Android.