Director of Mobile Strategy/Services
Alliance Data Retail
3100 Easton Square Place
Columbus, OH 43219
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Jim Walz has a successful history of ramping up emerging high tech mobile technologies and scaling them into profitable enterprises.
Throughout the 80s, Jim built and operated early cellular systems for AT&T Wireless; he also built their national sales operation and rolled out the first wireless data phone “Simon” in the USA. During the early 90s, Jim served as a founder and Senior VP of Operations for Geotek Inc., where he was responsible for rolling out the country’s first true, high speed wireless data start-up with voice, GPS, and fleet navigation. Next Jim started Iridium North America, the first mobile wireless voice and data network over global satellite, where he worked with international telecom carriers to move their wireless data and cellular traffic to remote areas. In the early 2000s, Jim founded and funded MoreMagic Solutions out of Helsinki, Finland, which built an innovative mobile payment infrastructure to serve wireless service providers, financial institutions, and content providers, enabling them to share real-time mobile payments in the European M Commerce arena. His next role was CEO and President of the Prague-based mobile software company U-Turn Media Group; he launched North American operations with a focus on enabling broadcasters, media companies, and marketing firms to offer custom-branded mobile community to their viewers and subscribers through ODPs (on device portals). In 2009, Jim launched his own international mobile technology company, Kloud Mobile, and its award-winning “Kloud Kontrol” mobile platform used by national media groups for mobile marketing campaigns. In 2011, Jim joined Alliance Data to lead their Mobile Services and Strategy. Jim is helping retail clients to market their branded cards and loyalty programs via mobile channels as well assisting retailers in their mobile strategy & roadmap. Additionally, Jim has held notable board and advisory positions with various private companies in the wireless space.
Prior speaking engagements include:
CTIA, SuperComm, Telecosm, 3GSM, Mobile Commerce World, Wireless Data Conference, Billing World, Comdex, Mobile Pay as You Go Conference, Mobile Adult Content Conference, Mobile Content Forum South America, Stored Value Symposium, Wireline & Wireless Convergence Forum, MMA Marketing Forum, OMMA Mobile Global, Insider Mobile Media Summit, Mobile Payments Forum