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Vringo Expands Leadership Team and Advisory Board

By Raju Shanbhag September 16, 2008
Vringo, a provider of video-ringtone sharing, has appointed three mobile and Internet industry veterans to its team. Amir Kirshenboim has taken on the role of vice president of product development; Sharon Goldstein has accepted a seat on the Vringo advisory board; and Josh Shabtai has been named vice president of marketing.
 
With more than 10 years of experience in product definition, project management, and research and development, Amir Kirshenboim joins Vringo as an experienced professional. Recently, he served as vice president of product and R&D for MobiMate Ltd., the maker of “WorldMate,” a worldwide bestselling mobile software product for travelers. With an MBA from Tel Aviv University, Kirshenboim founded the software companies Smart Mobile Applications and DITIO Software Ltd. and will work from Vringo’s Israel office.
 
Sharon Goldstein, the newest member of Vringo’s advisory board, is the founder of the consulting firm SYG LLC and is a marketing and strategy expert focused on mobile technologies and content services. With more than 10 years of experience in the mobile space, Goldstein previously served as vice president of the content-provider business for Volantis Systems. Here, he focused on mobile content adaptation for tier one content brands.
 
Previously, Goldstein was the director of mobile products at RealNetworks where he was instrumental in growing the installed base of mobile RealPlayers to more than 25 million units and driving key business relationships, including Vodafone and Nokia. Sharon has an industrial-engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
 
Josh Shabtai comes to Vringo from Ketchum Public Relations where he led the agency’s Interactive Strategies Group. With a degree in mass communications from Boston University, Shabtai writes for and appears on On Networks’ Play Value, a podcast focusing on the history of videogames. He will be based in Vringo’s New York office.
 
“As Vringo expands its worldwide visibility, it is critical for us to also expand our leadership team in order to develop critical products and market segments,” said Vringo CEO, Jon Medved. “Sharon, Amir and Josh each come to us with diverse backgrounds and experience, but what they share is a drive to make Vringo ever more successful with exciting products for our growing global audience. We’re pleased that they are now focusing their exceptional talents on this goal.”
 
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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for IoTevolutionworld. To read more of Raju's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

IoTevolutionworld Contributing Editor

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