SOURCE: Kirusa

April 03, 2007 03:21 ET

Kirusa Expands Advisory Board

New Members Bring Global Business Experience to Kirusa

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 3, 2007 -- Kirusa, the leading developer of value added mobile services; today announced that Grant Ferguson and Jaime Robertson-Lavalle have joined Kirusa's Advisory Board. They join Naveen Bisht, Dr. Ashish Gupta, Manoj Goel, Viren Malaviya, and Dr. Lawrence Rabiner on the advisory board. The board now has a blend of some of the best known technical and financial brains in the telecom Industry.

Grant Ferguson has more than 20 years experience in financial and business management, including 14 years with various international companies across Asia. Grant joined Astro All Asia Networks plc as Chief Financial Officer in October 2006. Previously, Grant was at Temasek Holding Pte Ltd in Singapore, where he was Managing Director, Investments, with specific responsibility for the telecommunications and media sectors. Prior to Temasek, Grant was the CFO of Total Access Communications Plc in Thailand, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial management, investor relations, corporate governance and business risk management. He has also held executive positions within the First Pacific Group in Hong Kong, including that of Group Treasurer, and as Director and CFO of Metro Pacific Corporation in the Philippines.

Jaime Robertson-Lavalle has over 13 years of leadership experience in private equity investments, corporate development, and operations. Most recently as Director of Strategic Investments for Intel Capital, Jaime and his team led investments and acquisitions in networking and IT infrastructure, software, value-added services, and security. He joined Intel Capital in 1999 as part of Intel's acquisition of Dialogic Corporation, where he was Vice President of Business Development and headed the company's mergers, acquisitions and strategic investments activity. Jaime started Dialogic Corporation's Latin American subsidiary, which he grew to the number one position in the region. Before joining Dialogic, Jaime held positions at Arthur D. Little, Exxon, and IBM.

"I look forward to working with Kirusa," said Grant Ferguson. He continued, "Kirusa has the world's best Voice SMS solution that has proven successful at customer deployments in South Asia. I believe Kirusa's solutions such as International Voice SMS will be welcomed by the mobile users in South East Asia."

Commenting on the addition, Jaime Robertson-Lavalle says, "This is an exciting time for the telecom Industry. Value added services are being embraced by carriers and subscribers worldwide, and Kirusa is poised to be a leading player in this area. I believe that Voice SMS and derivative applications will provide a highly enhanced mobile experience everywhere, including in Latin America."

Dr. Inderpal Singh Mumick, Kirusa's Founder, Chairman and CEO, says, "We are delighted that Grant Ferguson and Jaime Robertson-Lavalle have agreed to join our Advisory Board. Jaime brings with him an entrepreneurial spirit, and knowledge and experience of markets in Latin America. Grant Ferguson has an unparalleled understanding of the markets in South East Asia. Their guidance will be invaluable as we expand our business in these regions."

About Kirusa's Voice SMS solution -- KV.SMS

KV.SMS™ enables mobile users to send SMS messages with voice and reply to SMS messages with voice. The solution is based on Kirusa's patented and patent pending technologies, and works on all handsets and networks. KV.SMS features the industry's most intuitive user interface as well as many traffic-stimulating features, such as Direct Listen™ for direct access and reply to messages, Speed Codes™ for quickly sending messages using codes, group messaging, voice information services, and international Voice SMS. KV.SMS can be deployed in a matter of weeks, and its fast user adoption has led to explosive revenue growth for Kirusa's customers. 'Kirusa Voice SMS,' 'Direct Listen,' and 'Speed Codes' are trademarks of Kirusa, Inc.

About Kirusa

Kirusa is an industry leader and globally recognized provider of mobile value added services that leverage the freedom of multimodality. Kirusa's solutions include the hugely successful KV.SMS™, the world's most advanced "Voice SMS" solution, which allows mobile users to send and reply to SMS messages with voice, and works on all handsets and on all networks. The Voice SMS solution offers the industry's most intuitive user interface, with features such as Direct Listen™ for direct access and reply to messages, group messaging, mobile number portability, interconnect, and international Voice SMS. KV.SMS is built on Kirusa's patented technology and its highly reliable and scalable multimodal platform. The platform's ability to manage and synchronize data and voice interactions, plus its integration with IMS and 3G standards, enables customers to cost effectively deploy additional revenue-generating services such as messaging, search, information, and entertainment applications. Kirusa's solutions are deployed worldwide and used by millions of mobile subscribers. Headquartered in New Jersey and led by an experienced team of wireless telecom executives and technologists, Kirusa has sales offices in Paris, France; Delhi, India; and Hong Kong, China; with a research and development facility in Bangalore, India. For more information, please visit

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