SOURCE: Elephant Talk

Elephant Talk

Elephant Talk

March 30, 2012 08:30 ET

Elephant Talk Communications Appoints Michael Hagens as New Vice President of Sales

SCHIPHOL, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Mar 30, 2012) - Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE Amex: ETAK) (, an international provider of business software and services to the telecommunications and financial services industries, today announced the hiring of Mr. Michael R. Hagens as the company's new Vice President of Sales. He will report directly to Mr. Steven van der Velden, Chief Executive Officer, in order to align the overall global sales initiatives and bolster Elephant Talk's expansion strategy.

Mr. Hagens possesses over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. He started Esprit Telecom, a competitive long distance telecommunications company in the Netherlands, and assisted in the vast expansion and ultimate sale of the company to a major European carrier.

"We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Michael Hagens with his extensive industry expertise and relationships in the telecommunications sector to the Elephant Talk management team," stated Steven van der Velden. "His international experience and familiarity with emerging telecom platforms will serve as a valuable asset in improving sales of our wireless platform. Going forward, we believe that his strategic relationships and key industry knowledge will allow us to form new profitable partnerships with new MVNOs in Europe. We look forward to leveraging his strong sales ability as we seek to increase revenue in the near term."

About Elephant Talk Communications
Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE Amex: ETAK), ( is an international provider of business software and services to the telecommunications and financial services industry. The company enables both mobile carriers and virtual operators to offer a full suite of products, delivery platforms, support services, superior industry expertise and high quality customer service without substantial upfront investments from clients. Elephant Talk provides global telecommunication companies, mobile network operators, banks, supermarkets, consumer product companies, media firms, and other businesses a full suite of products and services that enables them to fully provide telecom services as part of their business offerings. The company offers various dynamic products that include remote health care, credit card fraud prevention, mobile internet ID security, multi-country discounted phone services, loyalty management services, and a whole range of other emerging customized mobile services. For more information, visit (

About ValidSoft
ValidSoft is a subsidiary of Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE Amex: ETAK), ( and is a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud relating to card, the internet, and telephone channels. ValidSoft's solutions are at the cutting edge of the market and are used to verify the authenticity of both parties to a transaction (Mutual Authentication), and the integrity of the transaction itself (Transaction Verification) for the mass market, in a highly cost effective and secure manner, yet easy to use and intuitive. For more information, please visit (

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Elephant Talk Communications Corp.
    Mr. Steven van der Velden
    Tel: + 31 20 653 59 16
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    Investors Relations:
    Alliance Advisors, LLC
    Thomas P. Walsh Tel:
    +1 212-398-3486
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    Emmanuelle Filsjean
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