Digby Adds Four Executives

Digby, the leader in mobile commerce solutions specifically designed for retailers, today announced the addition of four key executives including Ron Jennings, Chief Financial Officer; Eric Newman, Vice President of Client Services; Dan Lowden, Vice President of Marketing; and Curtis Hill, Vice President of Engineering.

The new executives will support Digby’s rapid growth and recent customer expansions and wins including 1-800-Flowers, Wet Seal, Arandell and SkyMall. According to forecasts from Coda Research Consultancy, U.S. mobile commerce sales hit $1.20 billion in 2009 and will grow to $2.42 billion this year and $23.83 billion in 2015.

“Digby is poised for tremendous growth as retailers look to mobile commerce as a strategic channel that offers consumers a rich, engaging shopping experience – anytime, anywhere,” said Dave Sikora, President and CEO of Digby. “Adding these key industry executives to the team and the expansion into our new corporate office are critical to support our growing number of retail partners.”

Ron Jennings joins the company as Chief Financial Officer, bringing to Digby more than 35 years of experience in financial management, operational management, and executive leadership. Prior to joining Digby, Ron served in executive financial positions with QuickArrow, (acquired by NetSuite, Inc.) Object Reservoir, Inc., Browning-Ferris Industries, and Western Geophysical Company. Ron holds a BBA in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Eric Newman joins the company as Vice President of Client Services. During his 18+ year career, Eric has built, marketed and delivered world-class software products to companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo, the NFL, Circuit City, Kraft, AT&T, British Telecom, NTT and Reuters. He has held key roles in companies including Pluck (now part of Demand Media); Powered, Inc.; Direct Hit (now part of Ask Jeeves); and Question Technologies (now part of Motive Corporation). Eric holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and BA degrees in Information Systems and Marketing from the University of Cincinnati.

Dan Lowden joins Digby as Vice President of Marketing, responsible for all aspects of the company’s brand strategy and marketing. He brings 15 years of experience in mobile services and mobile devices through his roles at top technology companies including AT&T, where he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for their Wi-Fi Services Division; Wayport (acquired by AT&T) where he was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development; and IBM, serving as North American ThinkPad Brand Manager and World-Wide ThinkPad Segment Manager. Dan holds an MBA in International Business from Rutgers University and a BS in Finance from Rider University.

Curtis Hill joins Digby as Vice President of Engineering, responsible for the company’s engineering functions. Curtis brings over 20 years of deep engineering management experience ranging from large software companies including BMC and Quest, to start-ups and mid-size software companies. Curtis holds a BS in Mathematics from Auburn University.

To accommodate for new executives and increased staff, Digby recently expanded its Austin headquarters to a new, larger corporate office, located at 3801 S. Capital of Texas Highway, Barton Creek Plaza II Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78704.

About Bryan Menell

Bryan is the Managing Editor for AustinStartup and the CEO of Mahana. He is a co-founder of Capital Factory, an investor and advisor, and runs the popular Austin Tech Happy Hour with his wife.

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