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TMCNet:  Silent Circle Appoints Joshua Konowe to Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

[July 06, 2017]

Silent Circle Appoints Joshua Konowe to Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

Silent Circle, a pioneer in enterprise-class mobile security, privacy and compliance solutions, today announced that Joshua Konowe, talented marketing expert and Founder of Uppidy, has been named Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. In this position, Konowe brings a wealth of B2B SaaS (News - Alert) and mobile experience that will be leveraged to position Silent Circle for continued growth in the secure unified communications industry.

"We are ecstatic with the new addition of Joshua to the team," said Gregg Smith, CEO of Silent Circle. "Joshua is a proven leader in our market with incredible energy and is coming into Silent Circle at an important time to help expand our impressive global enterprise customer list and product offerings."

Throughout his 20-year career, Konowe has provided value-driven results. As an early stage CEO, he coordinated several successful exits for both bootstrapped and venture funded businesses. He has guest lectured on several topics related to entrepreneurship at nearly a dozen colleges and universities around the country including Georgetown, American University and The University of Kentucky. A recent highlight, includes a 10-minute TEDx Talk he conducted on the subject of trust in Tauranga, New Zealand (Trust in Business). Prior to his startup experience, Konowe worked at Nielsen, Katz Radio Group, TheDeal and Insitutional Investor Magazine.

Konowe's passion for mobile was unearthed in Uppidy, a venture backed startup that he founded in 2011, which was subsequently acquired in 2014. Uppidy helped companies and individuals securely backup text/sms messages to the cloud. "I am really excited to dive back into the unified communications vertical," said Konowe. "Following Uppidy's acquisition, I have been anxious to get involved into the space again."

Konowe's experience will support the go-to-market strategy of Silent Circle's fundamentally different technology, which sets the standard for enterprise privacy and security. Their products are deployed in hundreds of the most demanding network environments worldwide, including leading Fortune 100 accounts and government organizations.

The company's secure mobile communications suite comprises:

  • Software: Silent Phone (News - Alert) application providing secure calling, conferencing, messaging, file sharing and video, all available in minutes via a simple user download, with new enterprise features and functionality being added each month
  • Devices: Blackphone handset representing the world's most secure smartphone, based on an enhanced Android (News - Alert) operating system
  • Encrypted Calling Plans: Silent World providing out-of-theater secure calling to land and mobile lines of non-subscribers in more than 100 locations around the world
  • Hosted Services: Silent Manager delivering organization-wide user management via a web-based administration console

About Silent Circle

Silent Circle's enterprise-scale secure mobile communications solutions are deployed in hundreds of the most demanding networking environments worldwide, including the Fortune 100 and government agencies in 100+ countries. Delivered through a game-changing mobile ecosystem of software and services, the company's award-winning product family comprises: Silent Phone, a secure calling and messaging application; Blackphone, a hardened, secure handset; Silent World, a secure way to communicate globally outside of the Silent Phone network; and Silent Manager, a web-based administrative console for managing users. Company founders include former Navy SEAL and security expert Mike Janke; Internet Hall of Famer Phil Zimmermann, developer of Silent Circle's ZRTP cryptography protocol and co-founder of PGP Corporation; and Jon Callas, creator of Apple's (News - Alert) whole disk encryption software and also a PGP Corporation co-founder. Silent Circle is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. www.silentcircle.com.


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