Farooq Ali, Senior Vice President of Products at Openwave Messaging

Farooq Ali, Senior Vice President of Products at Openwave Messaging. (Photo: Business Wire)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 23, 2012--Openwave Messaging, Inc., the leading global provider of innovative messaging software solutions, today announced the addition of two executives: Tracy Allard as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Farooq Ali as Senior Vice President of Products. The two join an executive team including Kelly S. Sharpe, Chief Financial Officer; Ian Gillott, Chief Information Officer; and Peter Biber, Vice President Services & Support. The executive team will report to Dave Ratner, president and CEO. The company also unveiled its new brand and website.

“Openwave Messaging started a new chapter in its history in May of this year,” said Ratner. “With the addition of these two critical executives, we now have the horsepower and the expertise we need to complete our management team and take our business to the next level. We’ve also launched a new brand and a new website. We’re highly energized and building momentum around the world with our current and future customers and partners.”

Tracy Allard is a proven sales leader with 25 years of experience spanning both Telco and industrial markets. As Vice President of Worldwide Sales, she is responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies that support the company’s goals and objectives. Allard specializes in sales operations, contract and commercial negotiations and building and managing strong sales organizations with demonstrated track records of delivering against target plans. Additionally, Allard brings deep international experience having successfully led teams in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Farooq Ali, a technology evangelist with over 20 years of technical, product, and business development expertise joined the team as Senior Vice President of Products. In this role, Ali is responsible for overseeing the company’s product lifecycle from research and development, to product management and marketing. He specializes in strategy and research for emerging technologies, as well as product planning and execution.

In May of this year Openwave Messaging announced the finalization of its acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners. The company now operates as a new private and independent company focused exclusively on developing and delivering world-class innovative messaging solutions to its customers and partners, including some of the largest communications providers. David Ratner, a messaging and communications executive for over 15 years, was appointed president and CEO in July.

About Openwave Messaging

Openwave Messaging is the leading global provider of innovative messaging software solutions. Openwave Messaging’s Universal Messaging Suite™ provides a powerful, open and flexible, complete messaging environment optimized for today’s most complex messaging requirements including millions of mailboxes, security controls, identity management, and ease of integration with internal systems and external partners. Leveraging its strong history of messaging “firsts”, Openwave Messaging is dedicated to helping its customers maintain business continuity and lower their business risk. Customers include industry leading communications service providers, including several of the largest global broadband providers.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Openwave Messaging has offices in Belfast, Johannesburg, Tokyo and Sydney. The company is privately held by Marlin Equity Partners. For more information please visit