Stuzo Appoints Richard Friedman as Chief Technology Officer and Yan Rozovsky as Executive Vice President of Client Engagement
Expands Leadership Team to Support Strong Market Demand for Branded Social & Mobile Engagement Solutions
PHILADELPHIA, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Stuzo, the industry leader in the design and development of social and mobile engagement, loyalty, and advocacy solutions, today announced the appointment of Richard Friedman as Chief Technology Officer and Yan Rozovsky as Executive Vice President of Client Engagement. The new hires come fresh off of the heels of Stuzo spinning out from its parent company, where it in 2012 was the fastest growing and most profitable operating unit within the company. These new additions to the executive team will play a key role in driving Stuzo forward with momentum as a newly independent company to deliver the world’s leading social and mobile engagement solutions and products.
Richard Friedman, Stuzo’s new Chief Technology Officer, is a seasoned, results-driven technology executive who brings to the company years of experience using software to solve business problems. He most recently served as VP of Engineering at MeetMe/myYearbook where he helped grow the engineering team while the business grew from 10M to 46M. Prior to MeetMe, Richard was founder of Ringside Networks, a social network open source startup. Previously Mr. Friedman has held senior positions at JBoss/Red Hat, Bank One/JP Morgan Chase, Bluestone Software and its acquirer Hewlett Packard.
Mr. Friedman will provide technical and visionary leadership to grow the 20+ member Stuzo Engineering team and drive the architecture, design, and implementation of all products going forward. “I’m excited about joining the team at Stuzo as everyone is passionate and committed to being the best at social technology and engagement. The team understands and has delivered a repeatable technology that best meets the needs of companies requiring to build custom social engagements throughout the organization,” explains Friedman. “I’m especially enthusiastic about how Stuzo listens to its customers becoming experts on everything Open Graph to delivering in the cloud or on-premise, that’s impressive for any technology company.”
“Rich brings a powerful and diverse blend of technology executive experience. He’s grown and managed large teams of engineers, delivering complex enterprise products, and social and mobile software solutions that engage tens of millions of users on a monthly basis. Importantly, Rich aligns with our culture of putting people and clients first,” said Gunter Pfau, Founder and CEO of Stuzo.
Yan Rozovsky, joining as EVP of Client Engagement, brings over 15 years of leadership experience and deep industry knowledge in digital, social media marketing and analytics. Prior to Stuzo, Yan was VP of Social Sales & Strategy at Oracle, formerly Vitrue. He was responsible for managing and growing Sales and Business Development efforts across North America, working with some of the world’s leading brands, agencies and social networks. Yan also held numerous executive roles working for some of the category leaders such as CoreLogic, United Business Media, QuinStreet, SAP and General Electric. Yan has a tremendous track record of helping companies achieve significant revenue growth.
In his new role, Rozovsky will drive company bookings growth by building strategic client relationships and business alliances as Stuzo expands to meet the increasing demand from leading global brands for social marketing solutions that span to engage consumers in an authentic and seamless manner across mobile devices and the social web.
“I’ve been impressed watching Stuzo partner with the some of the top social brands and agencies in executing social and mobile programs across every major social network and mobile operating system by leveraging their technology and services platform,” says Yan. “I chose Stuzo because of the impeccable industry reputation and respect earned by being a pioneer in the social media space and operating with high integrity, always working to achieve the maximum value for clients.”
“Yan brings a proven track record of growing strategically oriented client engagement teams and executing go-to-market strategies to help Stuzo drive the new wave of products and solutions that deliver meaningful consumer engagement across platforms and devices,” said Gunter Pfau, Founder and CEO at Stuzo. “As we continue to expand our team with the industry’s top talent, Yan will help ensure the company accelerates key strategic partnerships and Fortune 500 customer adoption worldwide.”
“Rich and Yan bring invaluable experience to Stuzo as we drive forward to define Audience Relationship Management in a evermore connected and mobile world,” said Gunter Pfau, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stuzo. “We are excited to have them join our executive team to lead and expand our technology and client engagement organizations in a time of growth.”
Stuzo is a social technology company that brings to bear a platform: a combination of people expertise and technology that helps enterprises optimize social marketing activities and address social business challenges. The only remaining independent company out of the first five Facebook Preferred Developer Consultants (PDCs), Stuzo is the standalone leader in the delivery of innovative social and mobile marketing solutions and products. Stuzo counts as its clients Proctor & Gamble, HBO, Facebook, MasterCard, CBS, and many other Global 2000 enterprises.
Stuzo standardizes the technical delivery and amplification of engagement, loyalty, and advocacy solutions across mobile devices and the social web. The company’s flexible technology stack, which can be hosted in the cloud or behind the enterprise firewall, provides a repeatable and scalable foundation for the development, deployment, management, measurement, and optimization of social and mobile products and solutions. Stuzo drives efficiencies and scale for global enterprises with multiple brands and leading AORs in the delivery of social and mobile marketing solutions and enterprise social technology products. The technology combined with a seasoned, globally distributed team of social and mobile technologists, enables Stuzo to deliver clients unparallel quality and value on invested dollars.
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