Ragnar KruseChief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
As a serial entrepreneur with 30+ years experience in IT, Ragnar Kruse understands the unique challenges in bringing new technologies to market. He has built up several companies from inception to market launch in both the US and Europe.
At Intershop Communications, a leader in E-Commerce software solutions, Ragnar was VP of Sales and Marketing in San Francisco. During his tenure, Ragnar was instrumental in the company’s growth and ushering it through a successful IPO on NASDAQ and the “Neuer Markt” in 1998.
More recently, Ragnar held key management positions at high-tech companies in the U.S. and Europe including eCharge and Xtramind. Through his many years in IT, Ragnar maintains strong relationships with companies in the telecommunications and mobile sectors, including Deutsche Telekom, Telekom New Zealand, Telstra, Telia, Cable & Wireless, Siemens, T-Online, T-Mobile, France Telecom, HP and SUN.
Ragnar started his career as an entrepreneur. In 1980, he founded IPT GmbH, a computer retail business that imported products into Germany from the USA and Taiwan. In 1987 he expanded his business by starting DTP Partner GmbH, a distribution company in Hamburg.
DTP Partner was the exclusive distributor of several desktop publishing solutions such as Corel and was instrumental in establishing international distribution agreements with American and Taiwanese companies. Ragnar studied law at the universities of Hamburg and Munich, Germany.
Petra VorsteherExecutive Vice President Strategic Alliances & Co-Founder
Petra has over 18 years of business development experience in the US and Europe. She was VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Intershop Communications, Inc. with responsibility for all strategic, business and technical partnerships globally.
As founding member of Intershop, Petra was instrumental in growing the company from a start-up to a publicly listed company with a market cap of $12B and worldwide offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
She was largely responsible for Intershop’s $25M licensing deal with Deutsche Telekom and their subsequent investment in the company. Petra has formed partnerships with IBM, HP, Apple, Intel, SAP, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, eBay, Visa, FedEx, UPS and major telecommunication companies including AT & T, Sprint, Telstra, Hong Kong Telecom, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom. Prior to Intershop she did market entry strategies for companies wanting to establish a presence in the US or Europe. She is a board member of Hamburg@work responsible for International alliances.
Petra was named Mobile Women to Watch 2010 by Mobile Marketer and Top Female Executive 2010 by Mobile Entertainment.
Marc JunkerChief Information Officer & Chief Technology Officer
Marc Junker has over 10 years experience in IT and mobile business. Before joining Smaato, he was Co-Founder and CTO of mobileview, one of Europe’s leading Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) for mobile entertainment, infotainment and data services.
For seven years Marc has successfully led the company, with 35 employees to being profitable after only three years and having a turnover of 27 million Euros.
In his position Marc also established client relationships to leading international carriers and companies like Lufthansa, Talkline and T-Mobile in 17 countries and mobileview has worked with over 50 MVNOs globally.
Before Marc co-founded mobileview, he was Vice-President Development for OBS-AG and worked as an IT consultant for Geo++, Germany. Marc Junker has studied Mathematics, IT and Business Studies at the University of Hanover.
Dr. Oliver ReissChief Financial Officer
Oliver has over fifteen years of experience in building internet and telecommunications businesses. Most recently, he was co-founder and CFO of the mobile platform service provider Exit Games based in Germany and the USA. Oliver was instrumental in securing funding from some high profile venture capital firms over the course of several years.
His background involves senior positions with a leading European online agency and a renowned management consulting firm, where he was involved in a large number of client projects for European telecommunications and media clients, focusing on corporate development and finance projects. More recently, he founded and headed a consulting venture in the software business. Oliver received a MBA degree and Ph.D. from the Philipps-University in Marburg.
Georg FiegenChief Operating Officer
Georg Fiegen has joined Smaato as the first Non-Founder in 2006, and currently acts as its COO. Prior to Smaato, he founded and managed Xplain, an internet and consulting agency company that was later acquired by Pixelpark. Georg studied Business Administration at Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany.
Ramy YaredChief Revenue Officer
Ramy brings more than nine years of experience in Mobile Monetization to his role as Chief Revenue Officer. Before joining Smaato, he was Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Mobile Demand Side Platform Adsmobi and launched the company in February 2010. He built up a global team of up to 45 employees, generating mobile advertising revenues worldwide with a Headquarter in New York City and offices in Hamburg, London and Singapore.
Prior to his leadership efforts at Adsmobi, Ramy has covered Senior Sales roles at Smaato’s Direct Advertiser Demand team as well as Buzzcity and Media Plazza, where he was involved in driving ad revenue growth for both mobile advertising service leaders and successfully established both companies presence in the US.
In his position as CRO at Smaato he leads the global Smaato Saleforce by managing both demand and supply teams focused on the acquisitions of new advertisers, agencies, ad networks, DSPs and mobile publishers.
Ajitpal PannuChief Strategy Officer
Ajitpal comes with a background of business development and product strategy from Digital Advertising Technology companies such as OpenX, AdaptiveAds, Adify and Google DoubleClick.
Over the course of 12+ years Ajitpal has been involved in display advertising technologies with the last role being at OpenX. OpenX is a leader in monetization platform for Publishers and a one of the top global RTB exchanges. During his tenure at OpenX Ajitpal was a key member of the business team helping build leadership position within premium publishers and growing RTB marketplace to a leadership position. Over the course of three years OpenX’s online RTB exchange grew by more than 200% YOY.
Ajitpal will help Smaato maintain similar growth in mobile RTB and drive the core business and product strategy for our supply and demand business. Ajitpal majored in Finance at Cal State East Bay in San Francisco bay area.
Marcus TanManaging Director APAC
Marcus spent his last 20 years in business technology and media leadership roles with companies such as Velti, Nokia, Travelocity, Lycos and Media Corporation of Singapore where he managed business development, sales and marketing activities across Asia Pacific region.
Marcus started his career with United Parcel Service, moved into the traditional broadcast media business soon after. During the years, he had successful developed and built global and regional media sales and marketing teams with successful sales strategies that generated “win-win” partnerships and campaigns across traditional, online and mobile media platforms.
He traveled extensively and had live and worked in many parts of Asia and is well endowed with a good understanding of the diversified business cultures in the region. His “can do” and hardworking attitude won him numerous positive results. Together with his “never say die” and hands-on leadership skills, he had successfully built strong and effective sales and business development teams. Marcus completed his Masters in Business Administration at Victoria University in Australia.
Carsten LudowigVice President Sales EMEA
Carsten has 17 years of experience in digital media sales with companies including Deutsche Telekom’s Interactive Media and Gruner + Jahr EMS where he generated digital advertising revenues with premium publishers and successfully built the company’s mobile advertising business from scratch. He was one of Mobile Advertisings Circle’s founding members. Before joining Smaato Carsten had the position as Director Advertising and Partnerships at XING.
Carsten is recognized as one of mobile advertising’s pioneers in Germany, and he brings his strong sales and business development background to Smaato to expand the company’s business in the region.
In his position as Vice President Sales EMEA Carsten is responsible for all sales activity in the region. He leads Smaato’s publisher and demand team.
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