SOURCE: Catalyst Mobile

March 03, 2008 09:00 ET

Catalyst Mobile Taps Industry Veteran for Board of Directors

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Catalyst Mobile, a provider of next generation mobile music and entertainment services, today announced the addition of David Hytha to its board of directors. Hytha brings a wealth of wireless and entrepreneurial expertise to Catalyst Mobile.

Leading the board is Executive Chairman Larry Barels, who was chairman of prior to co-founding Catalyst Mobile. Other board members include Eric Buatois of Sofinnova Ventures, Gen Isayama of DCM, and the company's chief executive officer, Peter Meechan.

"Catalyst Mobile is a promising and innovative company in the rapidly growing mobile entertainment space," said Larry Barels, chairman of the board of directors for Catalyst Mobile. "It is an exciting time to be in the industry, and I think Catalyst Mobile has tremendous growth potential with its strong focus and relationships in Asia-Pacific, deep understanding of the ecosystem, and a seasoned leadership team to move the company forward."

Larry Barels is a serial entrepreneur most recently co-founding Catalyst Mobile. Barels was previously chairman of, a leader in carrier-grade messaging products that merged with to create Openwave Systems. As co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Wavefront Technologies, Barels became a pioneer in the computer graphics software industry for film, television, industrial design, and visualization markets.

David Hytha is a wireless executive and entrepreneur advising leading firms in wireless communications. Hytha was previously executive vice president of terminals at T-Mobile in Europe. He serves as an executive-in-residence at a major venture capital firm and as a member of the board of directors of several private and public companies including Option, Ltd. of Belgium, and now Catalyst Mobile.

Eric Buatois is a general partner at Sofinnova Ventures where he is focused on growing companies in the wireless and communications sector. Buatois joined Sofinnova Ventures from Hewlett-Packard where he held senior roles during his tenure, and prior to that worked for Texas Instruments. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and was recently recognized as the Emerging Leader of the Year by the VC Roundtable.

Gen Isayama, a principal at DCM, brings years of startup and finance experience as well as Japan expertise to the board. Before joining DCM, Isayama worked at IBJ for seven years, co-founded web design consultancy Arch Pacific, and served as an advisor for San Francisco-based startup, Amikai, an application service provider of real-time language translations solutions.

Peter Meechan was previously senior vice president, mobile and devices at Macromedia, where he helped launch its mobile and consumer electronics business in 2000. Previously Meechan was general manager, platform software development center at Sony focusing on home entertainment networking and interactive television. Meechan held management positions in the computer graphics industry and was an animator at MetroLight Studios in Hollywood where his work included the 1992 Emmy Award-winning NBC Barcelona Olympics graphics package.

About Catalyst Mobile

Catalyst Mobile is Designing the Mobile Lifestyle™. We are accelerating the advanced mobile entertainment market through the creation of compelling entertainment services for consumers through our relationships with mobile operators and handset manufacturers in Japan, China and soon other parts of the world. Our proven solutions are powered by innovative technology delivery platforms that incorporate recognized media brands and are augmented by state-of-the-art technology partnerships. Catalyst Mobile enables experiences that engage, provides solutions that are proven, and delivers innovations that create opportunity. For more information, visit:

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