20 April 2010

Clickatell CEO recognized by Global Telecoms Business

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Pieter de Villiers  named as "40 Under 40" executive

Redwood City, CA - Clickatell, provider of high-value mobile messaging, is honored to announce that Global Telecoms Business (gtb) has named Clickatell founder and CEO, Pieter de Villiers, as one of its esteemed "40 Under 40" executives who will likely "run the telecoms industry in 2020." Sponsored by KPMG, gtb's March/April issue features the forty people, which also includes executives from BT, AT&T, Google, GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, Vodafone, and more.

Joe Gallagher, head of telecommunications at KPMG UK commented, "Succeeding in a changing world takes talent. I would like to congratulate the 40 individuals recognized here, who are helping to drive the future of this dynamic sector, many of whom could well be leading the mobile messaging behemoths of 2020."

De Villiers founded Clickatell in 2000 and is responsible for establishing the Company as a global, mobile messaging provider, enabling tens of thousands of enterprises and billions of consumers to interact, communicate and benefit greatly via their mobile phone. Providing application-to-person, high availability, value-added messaging solutions to businesses and communities, Clickatell serves its customers in an increasingly competitive and mobile world, including small and large enterprises and Financial Institutions sending high-value messages such as bank account alerts, emergency responders, Rx reminders, travel alerts, and much more.

"It is an honor to be recognized for the work that we've done for the past 10 years, and to receive this award on behalf of our hardworking team around the world," commented De Villiers. "People are really just beginning to see the value of the mobile phone - something most already cannot live without. But, we're just starting to see how mobile messaging can change lives. From receiving travel alerts to life-saving information, the potential of the mobile phone to improve imperative daily communications and connections is extraordinary."

About gtb's 40 Under 40

gtb asked readers to provide the industry's young leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow. After making the first selection from the many nominees, we asked the shortlist if they would take part in a survey, which is published here, and a longer survey which will be published at gtb's 40 under 40 conference and awards ceremony in September, soon to be announced.

About Clickatell

We create a better world through technology, making commerce in chat accessible for everyone, everywhere. Consumers can now connect with brands to find goods and services, make purchases, track orders, and resolve issues with a simple text or chat. No need for cash, phone calls, in-person interactions, or apps. Founded in 2000 with now over 10,000 customers, Clickatell is powering the digital commerce transformation. Clickatell is headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA and has offices in Canada, South Africa, and Nigeria (www.clickatell.com).

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