MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Audience, Inc., the leading provider of advanced voice and audio processors for the mobile and telecom marketplace, today announced that Mohan Gyani has been elected to its board of directors.
"I am delighted to welcome Mohan Gyani to our board," said Barry L. Cox, chairman of the board of directors for Audience. "Mohan is a widely respected business leader and wireless industry veteran, whose deep financial, operations and communications technology expertise will be a strong addition to our board. His experience directing dynamic, global, high growth businesses at the leading-edge of the mobile communications industry, will be invaluable in providing leadership and guidance in the company's drive into new and growing markets around the world."
Mr. Gyani is currently the vice chairman of Roamware, Inc. and served as chairman and chief executive officer of the company from May through December 2005. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of AT&T Wireless Services, where he played a key role in the company's $10.6 billion initial public offering in 2000. He retired from the company in 2003, remaining a senior advisor to the chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Wireless through December 2004. From 1995 through 1999, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of AirTouch Communications, where he helped lead the $120 billion merger of AirTouch and Vodafone Group, and the subsequent $70 billion joint venture with Bell Atlantic that resulted in the creation of Verizon Wireless. He began his career with Pacific Telesis Group/Pacific Bell where he held various positions in finance, operations and strategy.
Currently, Mr. Gyani also serves on the boards of directors of Keynote Systems, Inc., Safeway, Inc. and Union Bank. Mr. Gyani is also a board member of GSMA Ltd. and previously served on the board of the CTIA, both mobile industry organizations. In addition, he has been, or is a board member of several other public and private wireless industry-related companies. He holds a bachelor's degree and earned a master's degree in business administration from San Francisco State University.
Audience is a leading global provider of intelligent voice and audio processors for the mobile marketplace, based on pioneering work to reverse-engineer human hearing. The company's technology is redefining the mobile voice experience by enhancing call quality, and suppressing noise to enable clear communications in any environment and optimizing performance of speech-based applications. Audience technology is featured in mobile handsets from leading manufacturers in markets across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the U.S. The company was the Silver Winner in the 2008 Wall Street Journal "Technology Innovation Awards" and the Winner of the Semiconductor category. It was also selected as the Most Innovative True Mobile Start-Up for the "2008 GSMA Mobile Innovation Global Awards." Audience is one of 34 founding member companies of the Open Handset Alliance and the only one with advanced noise suppression technology. Investors in Audience include Vulcan Capital, NEA, Tallwood Venture Capital and VentureTech Alliance. The company is based in Mountain View, California. www.audience.com
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