Telefónica today announced that Steve Alder, currently general manager, UK and group devices for Telefónica Europe, will become CEO of Jajah. Trevor Healy, currently CEO of Jajah, will step up to become chairman of Jajah and take on the new responsibility of chief innovation officer for Telefónica Europe with effect from 1 March 2011.
Alder (pictured) will be based in Silicon Valley, California and will report jointly to Healy in his capacity as chairman of Jajah and to Matthew Key, chairman and CEO of Telefónica Europe.
Telefónica purchased Jajah a year ago for its expertise in voice-over IP. Jajah launched in March 2006 with a ‘web-activated calling’ solution for any consumer with internet access. It has since developed and released a range of IP-telephony solutions, including Jajah Direct, Jajah@call and Jajah mobile, which have attracted more than 10 million customers globally.
Jajah services are used in around 200 countries and are integrated into everyday instant messaging and social media applications, as well as through its own Jajah direct-to-consumer offer. Its business solutions, which provide seamless IP communications services across the organization, regardless of location or device, are used by thousands of small-to-medium and large enterprises across the world.
Key said: ‘The acquisition of Jajah has already enhanced the scope of our communications offering and opened up new capabilities in the voice communication space. We want to enable customer interactions, whether on Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft or Facebook. Broadening communications’ experiences is one of our core objectives.’
Healy’s experience includes key roles at Jajah, PayPal and VeriSign. He has also started and been a board member of a number of successful Silicon Valley companies in the mobile space. He will remain a member of the Telefónica Europe Board attending quarterly meetings and will stay closely involved in Jajah. His broader new role will involve driving innovation across the Telefónica businesses.
Alder joined O2 in 2003. Most recently, he was responsible for the mobile and broadband device strategy across Telefónica Europe, including vendor relationships and delivery to market. Prior to this, he was involved in developing, implementing and running a number of key strategic initiatives for the company, including O2’s joint venture with Tesco – Tesco Mobile, The O2, Broadband and more recently the introduction of the iPhone to the UK and the rest of Telefónica. He previously worked at Mars and ICI Dulux.