Amsterdam (PRWEB UK) 27 June 2012
eBuddy (http://www.ebuddy.com), a provider of web and mobile messaging worldwide, today announced the appointment of Sytse Zuidema as the companys new Chief Operations Officer, where he will be responsible for leading the management team, and for overseeing all day-to-day company operations including sales, marketing, product development and administrative functions. Zuidema brings more than 20 years of multi-national experience leading high performing operational teams in the telecoms and ICT (International Communications Technology) sector, which he will apply toward driving eBuddys near-term financial performance, as well as the companys long-term growth and value.
The messaging landscape has evolved dramatically since eBuddy Chat became the worlds first, independent, browser-based instant messaging service, said Jan-Joost JJ Rueb, CEO and co-founder of eBuddy. Todays announcement of Sytse Zuidema as COO is a direct reflection of the accelerated growth eBuddy has experienced over the last few years, and helps us capitalize on exciting opportunities ahead for eBuddy XMS especially in the emerging markets such India, where revenues from mobile services such as SMS are projected to hit $ 30 billion in 2016.
Zuidema joins eBuddy at a pivotal phase in the companys development. The appointment of Zuidema positions eBuddy to further capitalize on its core strengths in the expanding global mobile messaging market, as the company experiences strong growth and sees downloads of its eBuddy XMS product soar. eBuddy XMS is a free, real-time messaging app for smartphones that eliminates all SMS fees for unlimited messaging, and represents the next chapter in the companys successful history of delivering a superior mobile messaging service. eBuddy will continue to give full support to its full suite of eBuddy Chat products, which are recognized as one of the leading instant messaging aggregator solutions in the market and account for over 250M registered users.
The opportunities that eBuddy has, both in the very near term and far into the future, drove my decision to join the management team, said Zuidema. eBuddy has the right team, technology and business model to transform the mobile messaging industry, and I am excited to be joining such a dynamic organization and contribute to its international growth and success.
Prior to eBuddy, Zuidema served as Chief Commercial Officer for Dutch cable operator, Casema, and played a significant role at the company during a 2006 merger that lead to the $ 2.6 billion (2.1 billion) sale of the company. Zuidema has held additional positions including founder, general manager, and co-investor at various small and medium telecom and ICT enterprises. He earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology.
To learn more about eBuddy, please visit http://www.ebuddy.com.
eBuddy provides web and mobile messaging for everyone, everywhere – processing over 17 billion messages a month to more than 30 millions users worldwide. The companys earliest product, eBuddy Chat, is the worlds first, independent, browser-based instant messaging service. This multi-chat network supports Facebook Chat, MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, MySpace, ICQ and AOL in one aggregated interface via the Web, mobile platforms including iOS, Android, J2ME and mobile Web-enabled devices.
eBuddy XMS (http://www.ebuddyxms.com) is a free, real-time messaging app for smartphones that eliminates all SMS fees for unlimited messaging. eBuddy XMS is currently available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows Phone 7 devices.
Founded in 2003 and based in Amsterdam, San Francisco and Singapore, eBuddy is a privately held company backed by Prime Ventures and Lowland Capital Partners. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or learn more at http://www.ebuddy.com.