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The Gigafone Technologies Group is based in Singapore, Amsterdam and Moscow, and is the repository for the experience and vision Gigafone has accumulated as a mobile advertising pioneer since we launched our pilot in 2003. Our team is comprised of over 120 experienced marketing and technology professionals across the globe. Our R&D centre is in a former closed nuclear research facility in Siberia, we maintain close relationships with outsource development partners in China and India and manage three data centres in Russia, Germany and Singapore respectively.
Gigafone deployed a mobile marketing pilot across 9 time zones and fourteen "million+" cities in Russia. Working with operator and retail partners. we offered our patented non-interrupt solution to opt-in subscribers who were interested in ad-funded mobile content and services. Over a three year period more than 1 million consumers subscribed to our get-called-get-rewarded community model. Gigfaone targeted advertising and messaging to community members based on their expressed preferences at opt-in stage and rewarded updates and loyalty. Members built up bonus points in exchange for viewing the targeted advertising - all channeled through Gigafone's patented non-interrupt solution.
During this time we expanded our technical infra-structure, cultivated close relationships with operators, agencies, brands and publishers while developing VAS around our non-interrupt proposition.
The result is that we are one of the few mobile marketing pioneers boasting operational experience, carrier grade deployment experience and technology, a cohesive global infrastructure and a deep understanding of the marketplace.
Gregory Khaldey founded Gigafone in 2003 and has overseen the development of the company's marketing and partnership programs. In 1998 Gregory co-founded the Science Research Institute of Computer Psycho-Technologies. The Institute developed several revolutionary projects, including a next-generation polygraph test and Clear Sky, an anti-terrorist product successfully launched at several airports. Between 2000 and 2003, Gregory privately invested in advertising and and media market trading, launching projects with major print and televisual media in his native Russia (ORT, NTV, MTV and RMG). Gregory read business and economics at Oxford University and graduated from the G.V.Plexanova Russian Economic Academy in 2001.
Derek Tam is Chief Operations Officer of Gigafone Global Operations. Derek has over twenty years experience managing product development and operations worldwide within the telecommunications industry. Before Gigafone Derek was Chief Operations Officer at NeuStar Next Generations Messaging and prior to that Chief Technology Officer and Head of Global Operations at Mobile (Sybase) 365, where he led technology and operations functions and was responsible for delivering overall technical strategy and operational execution. Derek was also CTO at InphoMatch, MacroBridge and OmniSky International and has a Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Southampton. A golfer of some repute, Derek was born in Hong Hong and is based in London.
Mark Shteiman is VP Product of Gigafone Group. Mark has over thirteen years experience managing Product and R&D in different sectors of the telecommunications industry. Before Gigafone, Mark was VP Product of NeuStar Next Generation Messaging and prior to that Sr. Director of Product and R&D at Followap, that was acquired by NeuStar. On these positions, Mark was responsible for designing and launching new state-of-the-art product lines being used by more than 30 Tier-1 Telecom operators globally. Before that, Mark was Software Department manager at Joint Venture of Alcatel and IDF and in charge of developing OSS/BSS for legacy and NG Networks. Mark graduated from Technion, Israel.
Jesse Liu is Managing Director of Gigafone Asia Pacific operations, including China and India. Jesse has more than twenty two years experience managing Customer Operations and Services, Business Development, and Sales and Marketing within the global telecommunications industry. Before joining Gigafone, Jesse was VP of Business Development at NeuStar Asia Pacific and prior to that VP of Business Development at the Bridge Mobile Alliance, where he was responsible for developing value added services across the 10 mobile operator members. Jesse was also General Manager for iSoftel, a software development company listed in Singapore and director of Global Support and Services for ONI, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Labs. Jesse has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Northern Illinois and he has an executive MBA from Darden Business School at the University of Virginia. Jesse was born in Taiwan, emigrated to the US, and is now based in Singapore.
Dieter Carbon is MD Gigafone Europe Africa Middle East. Prior to joining Gigafone Dieter was Partner and co-founder of Telecommunications Business Development, a consulting company in the CableTV industry. Dieter was Vice President EMEA Global Communications Industry and lead of all EDS telecommunications businesses in EMEA from 2000 to 2007. He was on the managing board at Delta-System Media & Communications AG, a system integrator for broadcast solutions at Roedermark from 1998 to 2000 having previously spent 13 years at EDS where he was Director Telecommunications, Media and Infotainment. Dieter has published a book on sailing, and lives in Germany.
Andrey Osipov is Executive Vice President of Gigafone Group and is responsible for Corporate Finance, Investor Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions. Before joining Gigafone Andrey was Chief Investment Officer at Coalco development. Prior to that Andrey was Head of M&A with Renova Management AG, having previously been head of M&A at Roman Abramovich’s Millhouse Capital UK from 2002 to 2006. Working out of Gigafone's Moscow office, Andrey has three children and was educated in Moscow and the United States.
To get in touch please contact us at communications-at-gigafone-dot-com.