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Thumbplay has appointed Pablo Calamera to the role of chief technology officer. At Apple, Calamera led technology development for MobileMe, a service that lets consumers send e-mail, calendar updates and contact information to their iPhones.
Thumbplay has appointed Pablo Calamera to the newly created role of chief technology officer. Calamera joins the mobile entertainment company from Apple Inc., where he oversaw technology development for MobileMe, a service that lets consumers send e-mail, calendar updates and contact information to their iPhones.. Calamera will report to Evan Schwartz, Thumbplay CEO and co-founder.
Calamera has more than 25 years experience in PC, mobile and set-top box technologies. This includes 10 years at Apple, No. 5 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide; six years at Danger, which was acquired by Microsoft Corp.; and two years with WebTV, which also was acquired by Microsoft.
At Thumbplay, Calamera will oversee technology initiatives, including the recently launched Thumbplay Music. Thumbplay Music is a music service now being tested in the U.S..
“Pablo has unique experience with Apple, Danger and WebTV in delivering and syncing content across multiple platforms for a scaled customer base,” Schwartz says. “He has also managed major integrations with U.S. and international carriers; an area of ongoing strategic importance for us. Over the course of his career, he has done an extraordinary job of building state-of-the-art consumer products and services from concept to completion. Pablo’s talent, experience and commitment to excellence will play a vital role in keeping us at the forefront of mobile entertainment offerings.”