Thursday, 15 January 2015 23:22

From Google to Unlockd for Richard Kimber

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Australian digital technology start-up, Unlockd Media, has snared former Google South East Asia executive Richard Kimber, appointing him as the company’s Non-Executive Chairman.

Kimber, a former a former Managing Director of Google South East Asia and CEO of pioneering social media platform, Friendster, joins Unlockd just as the company prepares to launch what it claims is its ground-breaking mobile-based solution.

Unlockd CEO and co-founder Matt Berriman says Kimber’s appointment comes as the company continues to attract ongoing interest from potential investors and is on the verge of securing its first significant client.

“The appointment of someone of Richard’s calibre reflects the significant opportunity we have in front of us and is a clear statement of what we’re seeking to achieve”, Berriman said.

“This is evidenced by the fact that we’re close to signing a major media player as our first, multi-million dollar client even though we only recently raised seed capital from prominent media, technology and banking investors in Australia and the USA.”

Berriman said Kimber’s appointment pointed to the significant opportunity ahead of the company as it gears up for the roll-out in the coming months of its “revolutionary product offering in multiple international markets, including Australia”.

Kimber said his decision to accept the role of Chairman was based on strong offshore interest in the product, the backing of strategic investors and the potential for the Unlockd solution to “fundamentally change the way people use and pay for their smart phones”.

“We’re yet to see anything like what Unlockd has to offer. The market is primed for it and the commercial opportunity, both here and offshore, is compelling.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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