It’s been almost two month since former HTC execs Michael Coombes and James Atkins announced the new mobile brand Kazam and it seems like they have been pretty busy in those two months.
The new company has today announced that they have increased their headcount with the appointment of some key people to their team from across Europe.
It seems a rather bold move that the company have went from 2 to around 30 Employees in such a short time however it signals the companies intent to make some waves by “delivering quality phones at accessible prices”.
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15 August 2013, London, new smartphone brand Kazam, gears up for the imminent launch of its first range of smartphones, with a number of key appointments across Europe.
Joining the executive team as Chief Operating Officer is Frank Jensen, based in Denmark. Jensen brings with him a wealth of experience and has already established Kazam’s European supply chain strategy delivering a more flexible sales solution. Jensen will also lead sales & marketing across the Nordics, supported by Thomas Faber and Clause Pederson to drive sales.
Stefan Schietaert has been appointed as European Customer Care and Service Director, based in Brussels. He has over 15 years telcos experience working for major brands including Motorola and Toshiba.
Daniel Boff has been appointed as Kazam’s Head of Products, responsible for design, selection and testing. He has 9 years experience within the mobile industry and has held senior product positions for Google, Panasonic and Sharp.
Rakesh Odedra joins Kazam as Sales Director, based in the UK. Odedra brings over a decade of mobile phone sales experience, most recently leading sales for global MVNO’s and working for major telco brands including The Carphone Warehouse and Nokia.
‘We are pleased to announce a strong and experienced team to support the European launch of Kazam’s first range of mobile phones next month. We are confident these strategic appointments bring the skills, expertise & local knowledge that is needed to successfully launch a new mobile phone brand,’ said Michael Coombes, CEO of Kazam
Other key appointments include:
• Javier Martinez Esparza to drive sales & marketing across Spain, Portugal and Greece, supported by Borja Diaz responsible for sales and Carolina López responsible for marketing.
• Yves-Raphael Loerke to drive sales & marketing across the DACH region, supported by Richard Häusler, responsible for sales and Nora-Madeleine Barakath, responsible for marketing.
• Wojciech Wasilewski to drive sales & marketing in Poland, based in Warsaw. Kazam Poland has also recruited sales and marketing positions.
These strategic European appointments deliver a strong, experienced yet lean Kazam team of 30 people.
James Atkins CMO said, “As we get closer to the launch of our first range of phones we continue to refine and improve our processes and services in order to deliver a really credible offering. We want to disrupt the current status quo by delivering quality phones at accessible prices underpinned by excellent customer service and having a local and lean structure.”
Branding, creative and digital agencies have already been appointed at a European level. PR agency, Noire is managing the European network of agencies, as well as UK media relations for Kazam. Time PR will support communications activity across the Nordic regions. Indie PR will support communications activity across Spain, Portugal and Greece. Markenzeichen will support communications activity across the DACH region.
Kazam was set up by Michael Coombes and James Atkins earlier this year, both former HTC executives, with the desire to build a new phone brand that really stands out.