Speakers

Ray Anderson
Ray Anderson, CEO and founder, Bango

Ray is Chief Executive of Bango, the business that uniquely enables content providers to market, deliver and sell their products and services directly to mobile phone users on all networks world-wide. He co-founded Bango in 1999 after realizing that the convergence of the internet with the ubiquity of mobile phones could open up huge opportunities for content and service providers. Ray positioned the company to benefit from the opening up of the operator portals in 2004, and the transition of the mobile content business from a messaging model to a customer friendly browse and buy Internet model.

Ray was a founding investor in a variety of growing companies including TeamStudio, Tenison Technology, Electronic Share Information (sold to E*Trade), Aspective, Trigenix (sold to Qualcomm), RE5ULT (82ASK), Shortfuze, Midentity and other technology businesses. He holds a 1st Class Degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University. He is a keen pilot.

Peter Briffett
Peter Briffett, Managing Director, LivingSocial UK, Ireland & Netherlands

Peter oversees LivingSocial’s UK, Ireland and Netherlands markets, communicating LivingSocial’s core strategy and overseeing growth as the next great consumer brand. Based in London, Peter is responsible for LivingSocial’s numerous markets in the UK and has developed a strong footprint in the UK & Irish group-buying space.

Prior to LivingSocial, Peter held senior positions at Microsoft and Thomson Reuters. He has also successfully built and managed a number of technology startups including VoIP company Howler Technologies, Gissing Software, and iView Multimedia where as CEO Peter oversaw its acquisition by Microsoft. He also founded Biometric Distribution, supplying fingerprint readers and iris scanners to leading companies before being acquired by Kyotec Securities.

Peter graduated from Bristol Business School with a degree in Business Studies.

Mark Challinor
Mark Challinor, Director of Mobile, Telegraph Media Group

Director of Mobile, Telegraph Media Group, London, England. Responsible for commercialisation of all mobile and tablet services/apps for one of the world’s major media groups.

Also International and European board member of The International Newsmedia Marketing Association (www.inma.org). The organisation networks latest trends and ideas via newspaper groups across the globe. (Mark has his own mobile and tablet blog on inma’s website).

20+ years inside newspapers/media, holding senior commercial roles previously at Trinity Mirror (Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror), Associated Newspapers (Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Metro) and now The Telegraph.
5 years in the mobile consultancy arena…clients from a diverse field: The American Marketing Association, Showcase Cinemas, Metallica and Girls Aloud music bands and major newspaper groups in Australia and India.
Also sits on the Code of Advertising Practice (CAP) panel for the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), deciding what is legal, decent, honest and truthful in high profile sales promotional campaigns.

Mary Beth Christie
Mary Beth Christie, Online Product Management Director, FT.com

MB Christie is Online Product Management Director for FT.com, the definitive home for business intelligence on the web.  She assumed this position in January 2007.

Christie manages the online product team that handles all of the Financial Times’ digital media; including the core FT.com website, interactive markets data features, blogs, and search. In this capacity she has been instrumental in transforming the Financial Times from a traditional newspaper publisher into a web-centric business.

Previous to her work at the FT, Christie was Head of Product Development at Rightmove.co.uk the UK’s largest property website. Prior to that, she was Product Development Director for QXL Ricardo PLC, a leading online auction website in Europe. In 1991, Christie founded Resources, the first phone directory published in post-communist Czechoslovakia. She remained President of the company through 1999.

She obtained her BSc from the London School of Economics, where she studied in Economics, Economic History and Political Thought. Christie has also studied English Literature at the Connecticut College.

Ann Cook
Ann Cook, Director of Interactive and Managing Director of ITL, ITV

Ann Cook joined ITV in November 2005 as Controller of ITVi and .com. Ann is a UK and International TV Broadcasting & Media Marketing Director, with extensive experience at senior level and proven success in launching and developing new media channels and brands in cross-cultural organisations. Ann was Director of International Client Relations for The Associated Press responsible for client relations for the world’s largest news agency with some 2,000 clients outside North America. Customers included the world’s leading broadcast, newspaper and media groups. Prior to this Ann was Managing Director, International of Frank N Magid Associates managing the international division of this leading American strategic media research and management consultancy with clients such as the BBC, Disney, The Guardian Group, Electronic Arts, MTV3 (Finland), RTL4 (Holland), TVNZ (New Zealand) and Telecinco (Mexico). Ann was also Director of Marketing at Granada Sky Broadcasting helping launch seven cable and satellite TV channels achieving £30m turnover and profitability within five years.

Scott Eblen
Scott Eblen, Product Manager, Google

Scott joined Google in 2008 as a product manager on the Mobile team.  He led development of mobile Gmail and recently moved into the commerce team working on Google Offers.  Scott studied Computer Science at Princeton University and worked previously at Microsoft and a Cambridge, England based startup.

Matt Gierhart
Matt Gierhart, Head of Social, OgilvyAction

Matt Gierhart currently sits as the Head of Social for OgilvyAction‘s global network exploring consumer behaviour and how it relates to purchase decisions.

Matt began exploring Social Media in its infancy by being one of the first to advise major companies adoption of twitter and facebook as a marketing tool. He started a think tank, The New Celebrity, to introduce the impact of digital behaviour to brands, economic development groups and public sector bodies. His career with The New Celebrity concluded with lectures at the London School of Economics on the use of social structures as systems.

Matt now serves as the head of social for OgilvyAction’s global network. His team’s main task is exploring the impact social media has on purchase behaviour. “We are less interested in what a brand has to say to consumers, rather we focus on generating insights for strategy and creating opportunities for consumers to talk to consumers around our client’s products.” At Ogilvy Action he works with global brands to provide purchase behaviour insights.

Matt Gierhart’s eclectic experience has provided him a platform for speaking at events such as SxSWi, Next 2011, Oxford’s Economic Group, The Consumer’s Good Forum and the International Economic Development Summit.

Duncan Hallas
Duncan Hallas, Commercial Director EMEA, Netbiscuits

Duncan joined Netbiscuits in 2010 and runs the company’s commercial operations in the EMEA region, positioning the award-winning Netbiscuits Cloud Mobile Publishing Platform to brands and mobile service providers. He has held a number of senior commercial roles over the previous 13 years at pioneering international mobile and Internet communications companies including Skype, mBlox, Netsize & Mobile Streams. He is happiest when achieving challenging targets and building and executing go-to-market strategy. Duncan is an expert on the business aspects of successful mobile channel strategies. As a regular participant in events on mobile he offers tips and insights on creating viable mobile propositions, understanding of the mobile landscape and hands on experience integrating mobile in an operational sense.

Duncan studied Marketing at Leeds Met University and his interests include oenology, mountain-biking, windsurfing and sailing.

Ed Hodges
Ed Hodges, Head of Mobile, RBS

Ed Hodges is the Head of Mobile for RBS’s Business & Commercial division where he’s charged with bringing the first set of transactional banking applications to life for businesses while defining RBS’s wider mobile business banking strategy. Ed recently worked with Tesco setting up their mobile application development team, advising on mobile strategy while delivering the first wave of Tesco’s apps including the successful iPhone Grocery app. Previous to this he was Head of Mobile at Touchnote the award winning photo-messaging and mobile postcard service.

Twitter: @edward_hodges

Gerry Kelliher
Gerry Kelliher, Senior Director, BlackBerry

Gerry Kelliher is Senior Director of UK & Ireland Sales Operations at Research In Motion (RIM).  His primary role is to provide the strategic insight to shape the commercial direction of the business in the UK & Ireland. Gerry is responsible for driving new commercial activities, including business development and also manages the UK & Ireland applications strategy, ensuring alignment with wider business objectives to achieve ongoing sustainable success. Since joining RIM in 2002, Gerry has held several different positions within the company (most recently as Director of Commercial Relationships for Telefonica O2 Europe) and has been instrumental in the development and launch of BlackBerry services across Europe. Prior to joining the company, Gerry worked for Swedish software solution provider Telelogic, where he developed early 3G mobile technology. Gerry holds both a BEng. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Nick Lansley
Nick Lansley, Head of R&D, Tesco.com

As one of several “founding father”s of Tesco.com, Nick Lansley built web and downloadable applications to enable wine and grocery home shopping on slow modem internet connections.

Nick was recently appointed as an inaugural member of the UK’s Mobile Commerce Joint Industry Committee (MCJIC), an industry initiative established to ensure that businesses are prepared for the opportunities and challenges that accompany the explosive growth in mobile commerce.

Mark Littlewood
Mark Littlewood, Founder, The BLN

Mark is the founder of The BLN. He was part of the founding team at Library House, an investment research business based in Cambridge serving the global venture capital & banking communities. He led the business development activities for the organisation & built a network of angels, early stage, venture & corporate investors.

Colin Rees
Colin Rees, IT Director, Domino's Pizza

Colin is IT director at Domino’s Pizza. Colin started his career in retail IT in the 1980s at Argos, where he spent a decade. After that, he held senior positions at companies such as News International and businesses  such as easyJet and lingerie retailer Figleaves.com.

Ross Sleight
Ross Sleight, Chief Strategy Officer, Somo Agency

Ross has more than 15 years experience in digital media, both client and agency side. With a background in traditional marketing and advertising, his entrepreneurial drive led to his involvement in several groundbreaking digital companies, founding BMP interaction (now TribalDDB.com), Fingertips, an innovative online entertainment recommendation engine, Heresy, part of the Chime Group, dedicated to digital and direct marketing, and most recently becoming one of the founders of Virgin Games. For the last two years, Ross has concentrated on mobile as a platform, developing strategies, sites and applications for a variety of blue chip clients including The Independent, Dennis Publishing and Macmillan. Ross has advised Number 10 and the DCMS on interactive media development, and has formulated award-winning digital strategies for clients including Associated Newspapers, Reuters, Universal Sci-Fi Channel, Sony and British Airways. Ross has also judged major creative and effectiveness awards in digital media and speaks regularly on digital issues.

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