SEATTLE, Sept. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Glympse, the pioneer and leading location-sharing platform company, today announced Chris Ruff, a seasoned technology entrepreneur with deep roots in Seattle, has been named chief executive officer. Co-founder Bryan Trussel, who has served as CEO since the company was founded in 2008, will continue to be actively involved as chairman of the board focusing on strategy.
Ruff most recently served as chairman, CEO and president of Xevo (formerly UIEvolution), a global leader in enterprise software for the Hospitality, Cruise and Connected Car verticals. His executive leadership career spans over 25 years in the software, mobile and IoT industries focused in the areas of management, business development, marketing, operations and finance. Earlier this year, Ruff began as an advisor for Glympse to drive the company's business development initiatives in new markets and industries, as well help the company scale its operations. He has been working closely with Trussel to ensure a smooth transition.
“Chris and I have been close for many years, and it was a huge benefit for the company when he joined our operations. He’s been instrumental in developing new relationships in new industries, while helping myself and the leadership team move from a startup mentality to a growth company. It quickly became clear that he is the right person to take this company to the next stage,” said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and executive chairman of Glympse. “Glympse is moving into an exciting new phase, and I look forward to continuing to work with Chris and the team as we continue to forge our way as the leader in location-based software and services.”
“Bryan has built an extremely innovative company with a smart, seasoned team. Glympse has a bright future ahead, and I am excited to take on this role,” said Chris Ruff, CEO of Glympse. “I want to thank Bryan for his invaluable contributions – the company’s success to date is a testament to his leadership and guidance. We have an ambitious agenda for the coming months with an even more exciting future in the years to come. I look forward to working with Bryan to take Glympse to its next level of success.”
Over the past nine years, Glympse has become one of the world’s leading location-sharing platform companies. In addition to its consumer application, the company has partnered with top businesses, including Samsung, GM and Verizon, to incorporate Glympse’s location services into their products and services. The company has also expanded their Glympse for Business platform and has announced integrations and partnerships with Fortune 500 businesses, including Comcast, Charter Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), Rogers Communications and, most recently, Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Glympse plans to add 10 more employees in its Seattle headquarters by the end of the year, including engineering and product positions. For more information, visit www.Glympse.com.
Glympse, the location-sharing pioneer, connects consumers, service and delivery organizations, retailers and the Internet of Things (IoT) through its global location platform. This platform provides a simple way to integrate location services and technology across a connected ecosystem of automobiles, maps, navigation systems, wearables, messaging applications, voice/AI devices, household electronics, smart appliances and more.
Glympse partners with leading brands such as Amazon, BMW/MINI, Charter Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), Comcast, Ford, Garmin, General Motors, Gogo Inflight, Google, IBM, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mercedes, NAVIGON, Pizza Hut, Rogers Communications, Samsung, Verizon and Vodafone. Glympse is backed by leading investors including Menlo Ventures, Ignition Partners, Verizon Ventures, and UMC Capital.
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