Acision appoints new Executive Chairman14 May 2012
Acision, the global leader in mobile messaging, today announced that Didier Bench has been appointed as Executive Chairman by the company’s Board of Investors. Bringing years of digital media and commercial business development expertise to Acision, Bench will work with Chief Executive, Jorgen Nilsson, to guide the evolution and direction of the company as it puts increased emphasis on its new enterprise messaging business model.
Bench and Nilsson will build on Acision’s long and successful messaging history to ensure it bridges the digital media and mobile divide and executes its strategy, to effectively leverage existing and new market opportunities by enhancing its position in LTE messaging while securing a strong, relevant role in enterprise messaging.
Jorgen Nilsson, Chief Executive at Acision, said: “Didier has demonstrated an ability to take leading roles in building and developing technology businesses and has had a wealth of experience at the helm of a number of leading digital media companies. To have him join Acision will bring enormous value as we develop our strengths in LTE messaging, invest in our global customer footprint and drive our next phase of growth in new areas such as enterprise messaging.”
Didier Bench commented: “With an impressive history and established reputation in mobile messaging, Acision has the ability to connect the world through the delivery of new communication services in the digital era. I'm delighted to join Acision's Board at this very exciting time and be an instrumental part of driving the company's strategy and enterprise initiative forward. Working together with the Board and Executive team we will continue to expand our global reach by developing our vision, building on our customer relationships and partnerships, while enhancing the mobile messaging services we deliver to operators and enterprises.”
Bench joins Acision having most recently worked at Silver Lake, the largest private investment firm in digital media and technology. Bench was a Senior Advisor focused on the firm’s middle market strategy. Prior to joining Silver Lake, Bench had more than twenty-five years of global leadership in the development of international technology companies and investment funds across worldwide markets. Bench has held senior management positions with several software companies, successfully turning them into major players, including roles as Chairman and CEO of Cartesis and iMediation and Vice President and General Manager of Netscape EMEA.
Bench succeeds Larry Quinn, who is stepping down after completing his five year term as Acision’s Non-executive Chairman. Larry Quinn added: “I am delighted to welcome Didier to Acision at this important juncture. Didier’s experience in the digital enterprise space will complement Acision’s core messaging strengths and I wish him and all the Acision team every continued success.”