September 07, 2011 09:07 ET

Kony Appoints Travel and Hospitality Industry Executive to Lead Travel Sector Expansion

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - Kony Solutions, Inc., the leading mobile platform provider, announced Theresa Heinz has joined as vice president and general manager of travel and hospitality. Currently the leader in the mobile travel industry, Kony powers mobile applications for 70 percent of U.S. airlines, and three of the five top hotel chains. Building on this industry leadership, Heinz will drive growth and go-to-market strategies to expand Kony's presence worldwide.

Heinz brings to Kony nearly 20 years of experience in self-service technologies and brand innovation for the travel and hospitality industry and complementary travel markets such as car rental, cruise line, and e-commerce. She served as vice president and general manager of travel and gaming for NCR, where she expanded NCR's focus from the U.S. domestic market to emerging international markets, establishing NCR as the self-service technology leader in the gaming industry. Heinz also served as president of Kinetics, where she led the product management and engineering group in developing and cultivating self-service solutions for travel, entertainment, hospitality and gaming.

"In today's travel world, it's all about providing the right information to the right person at the right time," said Theresa Heinz, vice president and general manager, travel and hospitality, Kony. "With Kony's vertical travel applications, companies can increase their customer interaction with additional touch points on mobile, increase revenue through ancillary service offers, and extend their brand by staying connected throughout the customer's journey. I am excited to lead Kony's expansion into the international travel market, and help provide customers an enriching and complete travel experience."

Built on the Kony Platform, Kony Mobile Travel applications are a suite of pre-configured modules with out-of-the-box functionality based on best practices for the travel and hospitality industry. Kony Mobile Travel applications are configurable, offering a highly personalized, branded mobile experience that allows customers to conduct all of their travel needs on any mobile device including tablets and any channel including truly native mobile applications, HTML5, mobile web and SMS. All of this is developed and generated from a single application definition, making it not only a Write Once, Run Everywhere technology, but also a future-proof solution that enables companies to protect their existing investment and reduce future costs.

"As we continue to expand our customer base, we must be able to provide a world-class product to the global market," said Raj Koneru, Kony CEO. "Theresa's international expertise and industry knowledge will help strengthen the company's thought leadership and further extend its position as a leader and innovator in mobility for travel and hospitality."

For more information on the Kony Mobile Travel application, please visit

About Kony Solutions
Kony enables enterprises to offer consumers and employees feature-rich mobile applications in less time and at lower costs than any other solution. Leveraging a single application definition, applications are designed and developed just once, in a device-independent manner, and deployed across more than 9,000 devices, 15 operating systems and multiple channels, including native applications, HTML5 and device-optimized mobile web, SMS, web gadgets, kiosks, and tablets without compromises. Kony's unique platform is proven to future-proof a company's mobile investment by enabling applications to be changed once for all channels, ensuring faster adoption of new operating systems and standards as they are introduced, while eliminating maintenance, upgrade and future development costs.

In 2011 Kony was positioned as a "Visionary" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Consumer Application Platforms (MCAP) report by William Clark, Michael J. King and Linda Dozier. Kony has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor, a 'Most Innovative Company of the Year' by the American Business Awards and was chosen as one of Fast Company's 100 innovative Apple-affiliated achievers.

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