ALISO VIEJO, CA -Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI) announced today that Daniel D. Sheppard, former Vice President of Global Product Marketing for AST Computer, has joined Smith Micro as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Smith Micro, Mr. Sheppard held various senior marketing and management positions with AST Computer for more than 12 years. Most recently, Mr. Sheppard was Vice President of Global Product Marketing where he was responsible for all aspects of worldwide product development and marketing of AST's Commercial and Consumer desktop PCs, Advanced Systems (servers and PC workstation products) and Mobile computing.
"We are excited about adding Dan to our management team," said Bill Smith, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. "Dan's detailed knowledge of and experience in the PC industry, global product launches, and OEM and retail distribution channels should be of great benefit to Smith Micro as we redefine the company with the objective of becoming a leading Internet communications software developer."
Dan Sheppard observed: "The Internet has the potential of being the 'great communicator' of the next century. My interest in joining Smith Micro, as it redirects its focus to developing simple, yet powerful, people-to-people Internet software, is to help the company capture important market share from the analog, digital, and cable modem manufacturers as well as from PC manufacturers, from Internet Service Providers and in retail outlets around the world."
The company also announced that Rhonda L. Smith, co-founder of the company, and current Director, Secretary and Treasurer will become Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and relinquish the titles of Executive VP and COO. Ms. Smith will continue to serve as a Director and Secretary and Treasurer of the company.
"While I will continue to serve the company I co-founded 16 years ago, I am looking forward to a much-reduced schedule. At this time more than ever, while Smith Micro is repositioning itself as an Internet/IP software provider, Dan's strong marketing background will be of great benefit. I am pleased that we have attracted a person with such strong skills to take over my day-to-day duties," said Ms. Smith.
Smith Micro is a leading developer and marketer of software products that make person-to-person communications simple. With a focus on the Internet, broadband and modem-based technologies, the company designs integrated, easy-to-use software that enables fax, data, voice and video communication to personal computer users around the world. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, the company markets its products worldwide through a network of OEMs and retail distributors. The company is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol SMSI.
This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors effecting the company's operations, markets, products, services and prices, as well as, other factors detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.
Smith Micro, the Smith Micro logo, conexs.com, FAXstf and STF Technologies are registered trademarks or trademarks of Smith Micro Software, Inc. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective companies.