Syniverse CEO steps down

Syniverse today announced a leadership transition under which Jeffrey S Gordon has stepped down from his role as president, CEO and Director, effective immediately and Stephen C Gray has been appointed as interim president and CEO.

“My time at Syniverse has been very exciting as we have transformed the business, completed key acquisitions and expanded our customer base, putting Syniverse in the center of the mobile ecosystem while delivering valued, differentiated services to our customers,” Gordon said.

“It has been an honor to work with this outstanding team, which consistently provides superior service to our broad customer base,” added Gordon.

“Jeff’s strategic vision for the business has been integral in driving Syniverse to this pivotal point in its history, and we appreciate his contributions and dedication during his almost seven-year tenure at the company,” said James A Attwood, chairman, Syniverse.

“We are also grateful to Steve for joining the management team at this critical time. Steve is a seasoned executive who brings tremendous leadership skills and an established track record of operational excellence. Steve understands the tremendous opportunity for Syniverse with the proliferation of LTE and more advanced mobile technologies worldwide, ensuring Syniverse is well positioned for its next phase of growth,” added Attwood.

Gray joined Syniverse’s board of directors following the company’s acquisition by The Carlyle Group in January 2011. As an operating executive with Carlyle’s Global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group, he has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and currently serves on the board of CommScope and as Chairman of ImOn Communications, SecurityCoverage, Involta and HH Ventures.

“As a leader in the enablement of LTE technology with reach to more than 6 billion mobile devices, Syniverse is an exceptional company poised for continued growth in the mobile ecosystem,” Gray said.

“Going forward, we will focus the efforts of our world-class team at Syniverse to propel the company forward, leveraging our unmatched operational scale, unique assets and unrivaled mobile expertise to continue to grow the business and deliver additional strategic value to our operator and enterprise customers across the world,” added Gray.

The board will commence a search for a permanent CEO immediately. Gray will continue to be a member of the company’s board of directors.

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