Location-based mobile ad company, Verve Mobile, recently announced that it has hired Dr. Mark Ollila as General Manager and Chief of Staff to support Verve President and Chief Innovation Officer, Tom Kenney, in expanding the company’s team and mobile location ad services.
Verve Mobile provides end-to-end mobile advertising platform and proprietary location data
Before he joined Verve, Ollila held a series of senior positions at Nokia, including the leadership of its smart devices long-term roadmap and innovation portfolio. A core member of the deal team between Nokia and Microsoft’s strategic agreement, he also helped to launch a variety of Nokia services from games, app stores to photo and video sharing.
Tom Kenney, President and CIO, Verve Mobile, says:
“Having built and scaled complex media technology platforms with strong connected experiences, Mark has deep, blended knowledge of the market and a proven track record driving revenue, capturing mindshare and deepening consumer engagement. His global experience focused on frontier technology, media and mobile technology and entertainment experiences will empower Verve to accelerate innovation and introduce emerging revenue opportunities for brands and advertisers.”
Ollila is also a member of the Southern California startup incubator EvoNexus’s selection committee and has a residence at UC Irvine’s Institute for Applied Innovation. As a board member of the Game Developers Conference (Mobile), he regularly advises entertainment and game businesses.
“The opportunity to join and lead the innovation group at such a cutting-edge company is exciting. Verve is well-positioned to identify, invent and build new advertising opportunities during this time of technological change and I look forward to guiding the company’s innovation pipeline and further defining long-term technology roadmaps with an eye towards commercialization, differentiation and profitability.”