MobileIron and Appthority name new CEOs

A couple of reshuffles are afoot in the enterprise mobile space: MobileIron has named CFO Simon Biddiscombe as chief executive and president, while Appthority announced Anne Bonaparte has joined the company as CEO.

Biddiscombe takes over at MobileIron with immediate effect following the ‘mutual decision’ that former CEO Barry Mainz would leave the company. The former CFO joined MobileIron in 2015 in an interim capacity before taking the reins full time shortly afterwards.

Alongside the change, MobileIron announced preliminary results for the third quarter of 2017, with revenue expected to be between $42 million and $43 million. While this represents growth of 1% to 4% year over year, it is down on Wall Street estimates which forecast the company’s revenue would hit $45.2m, according to CRN.

The company’s innovation remains undimmed, with the recent Apple release last month focusing on delivering and securing Macs into organisations at a greater rate than previously.

“I believe that our strengths are our focus and agility, and, as a result, we are better positioned than any other company to support our customers and partners today and to deliver the innovations they will need in the future,” Biddiscombe wrote in an open letter. “I look forward to leveraging our competitive advantage, strengthening our go-to-market execution, and driving improvements throughout our operations.”

Elsewhere, Bonaparte joins Appthority having previously been president and CEO of threat intelligence platform provider BrightPoint Security, subsequently acquired by ServiceNow.

“I gravitate to markets on the verge of explosive growth and companies that can lead in those markets so I’m thrilled to join Appthority,” said Bonaparte. “The adoption of mobile within the enterprise has far outpaced the investment in security for mobile and enterprises are quickly realising the need to incorporate mobile threat protection into their overall security strategy to protect their organisations from a costly breach.”

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