NTT DOCOMO Appoints Technology Industry Veteran Mark Tapling CEO Of PacketVideo Tapling Will Lead Pioneering Software Company to Next Phase of Growth Focused on Multi-Platform Media Solutions
SAN DIEGO and TOKYO, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PacketVideo, a fully-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, INC., today announced that Mark Tapling has joined the company as CEO and President. Mr. Tapling brings over 20 years of progressive experience in the strategy, growth and financial management of technology companies to his new position at PacketVideo, where he will focus on solidifying the company's leadership position in the media technology space.
In conjunction with the appointment of Mr. Tapling, PacketVideo founder and former CEO James Brailean, Ph.D. will leave the company to pursue other interests. Dr. Brailean will serve as an informal advisor to PacketVideo during the transition period.
"DOCOMO is pleased to welcome Mark into the business, and we are looking forward to working with him to enable a new generation of success," said Tomoya Hemmi, Director of Product Department at NTT DOCOMO. "We greatly appreciate Jim's enormous contribution to the business and wish him well in the future. We continue to be a very strong supporter of PacketVideo as a company as well as a satisfied customer of the Twonky product line."
Prior to PacketVideo, Mr. Tapling most recently served as CEO of SDL plc Language Technologies following SDL's acquisition of Language Weaver, where he led the company's launch of the first commercial SaaS application for high speed statistical machine translation. Mr. Tapling has served as the CEO and director of both public and private firms, through all stages of company growth, and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 People to Watch in Knowledge Management. A former recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Mr. Tapling received his B.S. from Michigan State University.
"PacketVideo is an exciting company with an impressive history of innovation, a strong global presence, and a rich technology portfolio that solves real problems for consumer electronics manufacturers, carriers and content distributors," said Mr. Tapling. "I see tremendous opportunities ahead for an even wider audience, and I am honored to be asked to lead the company to the next phase of its growth. I would like to personally thank Jim for his fine work building the company over the past 15 years, and I am looking forward to working with our team and customers at PacketVideo."
"I have had a wonderful time building PacketVideo over the last 15 years, and I am proud of the many accomplishments our team was able to achieve together," said Dr. Brailean. "I am confident that Mark will do an excellent job leading the company into the future, and I wish him and the team nothing but continued success."
The core product offering from PacketVideo is Twonky, a technology ecosystem that enables the seamless sharing of virtually any type of media content across the connected home. For more information on Twonky, visit www.twonky.com.
Founded in 1998, PacketVideo is the software pioneer powering the world's leading multimedia services on millions of home and mobile devices. For more information, visit www.pv.com. Twonky (www.twonky.com) is PV's line of consumer software.
Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurances that forward-looking statements will be achieved, and actual events or results could differ materially from the events or results predicted by such statements. Important factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially are discussed in greater detail in the filings of NTT DOCOMO with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such documents are available through the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. PacketVideo makes no commitment to update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect subsequent changes in events or circumstances except as may be required pursuant to applicable law.