PARIS, France, January 14 /PRNewswire/ --

- Mobile Specialist Joins Miyowa

Miyowa, a world leader in mobile instant messaging client software, today announced the appointment of Jos de Kruijf as Chief Operating Officer and President. Jos will report to Pascal Lorne, CEO and co-founder of Miyowa. Involved in the company as a board member since December 2006, Jos will now lead Miyowa's product plan, customer operations, sales, strategic partnership and, design and development teams.

Jos has extensive entrepreneurial experience within the IT industry and an impressive background in management of top-flight companies such as ADOBE and NORTEL NETWORKS. After founding Europe, Jos built from the ground up OPENWAVE EMEA. More recently, he was Managing Director European Operations of Desktop Standard. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Contarra Systems. Prior to joining Miyowa, Jos held the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager at Seven Networks International, a specialist in mobile email.

Jos de Kruijf commented: "I decided to join Miyowa because its technology is one of the most promising in the mobile industry. Its track record and client list are already very impressive in the MIM and presence space which is effectively still only in its infancy. This sector is set to grow further and mature in 2008. I will do my utmost to strengthen Miyowa to bolster its world leading position. We will be launching a number of new services, at Mobile World Congress in February, including the world's first look at our innovative 'rich address book'."

Pascal Lorne, CEO and Chairman of Miyowa, said: "Since its creation in 2003, Miyowa has had four fantastic years and the future looks set to be even more promising. This second phase of growth will see Miyowa reinforce its team with all the necessary experience and skills. We welcome Jos, whose background and high-level experience with mobile operators will be key in our continued success."

Pierre Taillardat said, on behalf of Techfund, the venture capitalist partner of Miyowa since September 2006 : " This is a great opportunity for Miyowa to capitalise on the experience of a seasoned manager. We greatly appreciate Jos's contribution to the board and we welcome this new appointment. Pascal Lorne has built an expert mobile team - its skill, vision, results-driven attitude and sense of innovation are a major asset for the company."

In the coming weeks, Miyowa will reinforce its sales team by hiring area sales managers in Europe and Asia.

About Miyowa

Miyowa is the world leader in mobile Instant messaging software clients. Miyowa created the first handset independent universal end-to-end client messaging technology (MoveMessenger(TM)), compliant with all major existing standards and systems in place.

Miyowa provides mobile operators and portals with a white-labelled, scalable range of Instant messaging related content and services. Since 2003, the company has developed a thorough expertise in federating mobile operators' and portals' communities.

With the official support of the major Instant messaging brands, Miyowa allows operators' customers to access their preferred messenger and multimedia content.

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