Ex Amazon boss joins mxData as chairman
Brian McBride appointment at local search and travel information specialists signals ambitious growth plans
07 September, 2011 – Pioneer in the delivery of live information to mobile devices, mxData has announced the appointment of ex Amazon Managing Director Brian McBride as its first chairman.
mxData delivers live information to a wide range of mobile, web and sat-nav devices through any operator onto any platform. Its highly successful range of apps include Tube Map, helping London’s travellers plan and navigate their journey underground and the award winning Traffic TV, providing drivers with live traffic data information from across the UK.
Brian stepped down from Amazon.co.uk in January 2011 having previously held senior positions during a 25 year career in IBM, Dell Computers and T-Mobile where he was UK managing director. He has recently been appointed non-executive director of Monitise PLC, a leading player in mobile payments.
David James CEO, mxData, said:
“I have admired Brian for many years and when it became clear we needed a chairman to take us to the next level he was the first name on our list. He is one of the best connected executives in the mobile, technology and retail sectors and we are honoured that he has accepted our offer to join us.
“We have ambitious plans and we look forward to benefitting from Brian’s guidance and expert insight as we move forward.”
Brian McBride said:
“I have followed mxData since first using Traffic TV years ago. Being appointed as chairman is a great opportunity to get involved with a new, exciting company which is at the cutting edge of consumer technology and I am looking forward to working with them moving forward.”
· mxData’s highly successful range of apps include Tube Map and Tube Map Pro, myTrains and the award winning Traffic TV.
· Brian is Chair of RemCo and Senior NED at Computacenter PLC, is a Venture Partner (part-time) with Scottish Equity Partners, and is a trustee of In Kind Direct, a charity which redirects surplus products to the needy. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Celtic Football Club PLC, SThree PLC and the British Retail Consortium and is a former chairman of Virgin Mobile.
· Brian is 55 years old, married with two daughters and lives in Camberley, Surrey. He has an MA (Hons) in Economic History from the University of Glasgow
mxData (www.mxdata.co.uk), founded in 2004, is one of the UK’s fastest growing mobile companies and is a pioneer in the aggregation and dissemination of rich and dynamic local content to multiple platforms including mobile, internet, sat nav and connected devices. The success of these mobile solutions is underpinned by mxData’s key technology enablers: Local Discovery Platform (LDP), MXI, Spacemark and Moverts. mxData’s clients range across a number of sectors including mobile network operators, handset manufacturers, the public sector, transport and travel and commercial brands. These include Orange, O2, Nokia, The Automobile Association, Manchester United Football Club and Qype.
mxData’s highly successful range of apps include Tube Map and Tube Map Pro, myTrains and the award winning Traffic TV