WIRELESS APPLICATION PROTOCOL (WAP) FORUM APPOINTS SCOTT GOLDMAN AS CEO
New Position Created to Lead Development of Mobile Internet Technology into Next Millennium
Atlanta - (November 16, 1999) - The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum (www.wapforum.org) today announced the appointment of Scott Goldman to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forum. A 25-year veteran of the wireless communications industry, Goldman will serve to lead the Forum and the continued development of WAP as the de-facto global standard for the mobile Internet.
"Scott's appointment to CEO of the WAP Forum comes at a time when WAP has reached a new level of maturity and global acceptance," said Gregory Williams, board chairman of the WAP Forum. "The Forum is now more than 235 members strong, and we'll look to Scott's broad industry knowledge and experience to help lead our organization in the years ahead. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and the Forum itself, I'd like to welcome Scott to the WAP team."
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Goldman will work closely with the WAP Forum Board of Directors to drive enhancements to the WAP specification based on market requirements, evangelize WAP technology to companies and consumers worldwide, recruit companies to join as members of the WAP Forum and ensure the Forum's efforts are fully coordinated for the benefit of its members and the industry at large.
"I'm excited and honored that the Board has appointed me the first CEO of the WAP Forum," said Goldman. "The Forum has already successfully achieved world-class status for WAP. I look forward to guiding the Forum's brand strategy for furthering the global prominence of the WAP technology as the preferred method for Internet communications on wireless devices."
Goldman has recognized experience in the wireless industry, particularly in the convergence areas of wireless technology and the Internet. He has spent the last two decades researching, licensing, designing, launching, operating and selling paging, cellular and wireless data services around the world. As an instructor in the wireless industry, Goldman has taught thousands of students about wireless history, technology and current markets. He is also the author of "Ask the Wireless Wizard," a book focusing on wireless industry.
The founder and former CEO of BuyWireless.com - a one-stop online shop featuring a wide assortment of accessories for wireless phones - Goldman is also the creator of WirelessNOW, the industry's first dedicated electronic information service. The Strategis Group, a market research firm, now wholly owns that service which was initiated in 1994.
Previously, Goldman led The Goldman Group, a consulting company that he developed to assist people in the wireless industry with new business launches, such as helping to secure licenses and launching wireless services in eight different countries; developing national service distribution networks in the United States; designing sales and commission plans; and providing expert testimony for wireless carriers, service providers and manufacturers. Goldman has authored many significant wireless industry studies and articles, and has spoken at many major wireless industry conferences since 1982. He has been elected a Senior Fellow by the Radio Club of America and has been recognized as a wireless industry pioneer by leading trade publications.
About the WAP Forum
The WAP Forum is an industry association that has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. Handset manufacturers representing 95 percent of the world market across all technologies have committed to shipping WAP-enabled devices. Carriers representing more than 100 million subscribers worldwide have joined WAP. These commitments will put 10's of millions of WAP-browser-enabled products in consumer hands by the end of 2000. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. For further details on the Forum and its members, please visit the Forum's Web site at www.wapforum.org. The Web site also includes a downloadable version of WAP V1.1.
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