Leaders from BT, DoSomething.org, IBM, Uber, Gates Foundation, Jawbone, Kabam and Paypal at the forefront of the digital disruption
London/Barcelona, March 3, 2015 - Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive search and assessment firm, unveiled its #MobileGameChangers 2015 list of eight of the most influential senior executives reshaping the global mobile industry, at a reception on 2 March at Club Miramar, Barcelona, Spain.
New consumer products, innovative use of mobile infrastructure and unexpected partnerships have headlined another year of disruption in the global mobile industry. This years’ #MobileGameChangers have been chosen for their bold approach to solving problems and market making decisions, the creation of new customer propositions, and doing social good in their industry. They have all taken advantage of the opportunity that disruption and emerging technologies has created.
James Roome and Nada Usina, global co-leaders of the mobile practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, commented: “This years’ Russell Reynolds' #MobileGameChangers have taken more risk, moved faster and been bold in their strategic decision making in what has been a period of high uncertainty for the industry. It is increasingly difficult for executives to predict where new opportunities will emerge, so an agile approach to risk taking on a global scale is core to industry leadership and sustaining competitive advantage."
Below are the eight #MobileGameChangers of 2015:
(nominees ordered alphabetically)
- Hosain Rahman– CEO and Co-Founder, Jawbone
“Making people the ‘things’ in the internet-of-things” – The changing dynamics of consumer health have led to a market of wearables generating data about our every move. Jawbone is the first to marry user experience, style and insight to empower the new wave of health aware consumers. For more information visit: https://jawbone.com/
- Kevin Chou – CEO, Kabam
“Bringing Hollywood to the mobile” – Kabam is one of the hottest mobile companies in its space. As other gaming companies struggle to find the value and business model to thrive, Kevin has secured investment from Alibaba and forged partnerships with Hollywood’s biggest studios to deliver innovative gaming experiences. For more information visit: https://www.kabam.com/
- Travis Kalanick – CEO, Uber
“Changing the game through simple service everywhere” – Uber continues to make news as a platform that has scaled exponentially through mobile. Not without controversy, Uber challenges taxi service business and service models across the world. For more information visit: https://www.uber.com/
- Nancy Lublin – CEO, DoSomething.org
“Changing the game doesn’t always need new technology” – Nancy created Crisis Text Line to enable teenagers every day to get help and support when they need it most "Text messages have a 100% open rate" Lublin says during her TED talk "and any parent knows this is the best way to communicate with their teenage children". To date, nearly 5.4 million messages have been exchanged through Crisis Text Line. For more information visit: https://www.dosomething.org/
- Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT
“Changing the game through a bold acquisition” – Having launched internet TV successfully, BT is now re-entering the highly competitive UK mobile market. Through its acquisition of EE, BT will offer true quad play in the UK. In the process BT has accelerated the consolidation of operators in Europe. For more information visit: http://www.btplc.com/
- Ginni Rometty – CEO and Chairwoman, IBM
“Changing the game through brave partnership” – IBM and Apple working together seems an unlikely marriage, and was near unthinkable just a few years ago. Ginni created a ground-breaking partnership in 2014, bringing IBM and Apple together to deliver enterprise mobile solutions for business customers. For more information visit: http://www.ibm.com/us/en/
- Dan Schulman – President and CEO, Paypal
“Changing the game through new products” – Taking the helm at Paypal, Dan’s track record speaks for itself, with innovations like BlueBird – the partnership between Walmart and American Express - changing the company’s customer base and its approach to customer analytics. For more information visit: https://www.paypal.com/
- Rodger Voorhies - Director Financial Services for the Poor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Changing the game through changing the rules” – Rodger is fostering the development of digital payment systems that could reach hundreds of millions of people. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Rodger founded Opportunity Bank of Malawi. Today, nearly one out of every five Malawi families has a relationship with the bank. For more information visit: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/
Every year, through the course of its search and assessment work, Russell Reynolds speaks to thousands of senior executives across the world of consumer, media, Internet and mobile. These conversations give the firm unique insight into the companies and people changing the game through mobile.