AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG), the provider of Internet and mobile security, privacy and optimization solutions to 150 million active users, today announced that Mr. Frank Esser has been appointed to its Supervisory Board as a new Independent Supervisory Director, effective immediately.
The company's appointment of Mr. Esser as an Independent Supervisory Director comes as part of a further evolution of its corporate governance framework. Mr. Esser brings to the Board a wealth of relevant experience in the international telecommunications sector, where he has spent the past 20 years building up an in-depth skillset which encompasses product strategy and marketing through to mobile business development. Until recently, Mr. Esser served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at SFR, the leading French telecommunications operator.
Dale Fuller, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AVG Technologies, said: "Mr. Esser's connections at the most senior levels of the telecoms market will bring an international perspective to his counsel for this major growth engine of our business. As AVG looks to push forward its ever growing brand we are delighted to welcome him on board."
"AVG's innovative, trusted solutions place the company at the forefront of the market," said Mr. Esser. "The company continues to make great progress and deliver on the ambitious goals it has set; to reach new audiences and meet the ever changing needs of consumers and SMBs. I look forward to collaborating with AVG as we build on this success, support driving further growth and bring even greater value to millions of consumers and businesses across the world."
Mr. Esser, 54, has held previous executive positions at a number of additional telecommunication firms. These include Chief Executive of international telecoms company Mannesmann Eurokom GmbH. Mr. Esser also served as a member of the management board of French listed firm Vivendi, and was a member of the management board of the following subsidiaries of Mannesmann Eurokom: Omnitel, Infostrada, IOL, Telering, SFR, Cegetel, Passo, Ipulsys and EuroVentures.
AVG's mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience, providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG's powerful yet easy-to‐use software and online services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG's software and services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 150 million active users as of March 31, 2013 and offers a product portfolio that targets the consumer and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC performance optimization, online backup, mobile security, identity protection and family safety software. www.avg.com