New execs for INQ global push


New handset firm INQ Mobile has announced three new high level appointments formerly from Motorola, Qualcomm and Sony Ericsson.
Allen Burnes has joined from Motorola as director of sales and operations, Amit Gupta from Qualcomm as director of engineering and Leonardo Poggiali from Sony Ericsson as Head of Operations have all joined INQ, a new company that has emerged from 3 owner Hutchison Whampoa, which recently launched the social networking handset the INQ1.

Each will be key to the company’s global expansion to work with mobile networks and content partners to bring the social networking-based handset concept to new markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Burnes will lead global sales operations for INQ, working with operators to develop complete consumer offerings. Before INQ, he was Motorola’s corporate vice president and general manager of EMEA and India. He created the company’s Global Future Solutions group and defined a global strategy to support growth of the service and application businesses. Burnes also led Motorola’s global business unit to develop new markets, including India, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.
Gupta assumes leadership of the INQ engineering team, with responsibility for the company’s technology direction and product development. He spent the past 10 years at Qualcomm, where he was influential in engineering, product management, and technical sales and marketing. Gupta built the Qualcomm Customer Solutions organisation, and grew it into a global team. He also led the company’s strategic initiatives around mobile 2.0, helping networks increase activations and data usage.
Poggiali will join Burnes’ team to oversee the supply chain and global sales operations. Before INQ, he was at Sony Ericsson. He joined when the joint venture was formed and held several executive positions, including director of commercial finance and supply chain for certain global accounts, and head of volume planning for EMEA.
INQ chief executive Frank Meehan said: “We’re fortunate to attract some of the brightest talent in mobile, and create a global leadership team that will change the face of the device landscape. We are completely reinventing the way device companies are structured, and Amit, Leo and Allen will leverage their deep industry insight and highly cultivated networks so we can quickly harness the emerging opportunity for social-centric mobiles in multiple, simultaneous markets.”