Quixey Names John Foster to Its Executive Team and Board of Directors as Permanent CEO
As Quixey enters the next phase of growth and brings its innovative deep search product to market in the US and China, Foster will focus on market penetration and business development
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – November 18, 2016 – Quixey the pioneer of deep mobile search, today announced the appointment of a permanent CEO, John Foster. After an extensive search for a top notch business leader, Foster stood out as a perfect fit to lead Quixey into its next phase of growth.
Foster’s breadth of experience and expertise in the search industry will play a critical role, as Quixey leads the evolution from searching for information on the web and getting blue links to now finding actions in apps, called Deep Search. In his role at Quixey, Foster will have a strong focus on market penetration and business development.
"Quixey sits at the forefront of mobile search -- an interesting and challenging market to lead,” said Foster. “Quixey's technology is leading edge and ready for prime time. With the rise of intelligent voice platforms, connected home devices, bots, etc., we’re seeing search queries proliferate across new ecosystems. Many of these queries reflect people looking to take an action, like play music or book a ride. Quixey is one of the few companies able to fulfill these queries, connecting people to actions. I look forward to working with the team to accelerate this search product to market.”
"I fully support John's commitment to taking us into our next phase of growth and look forward to working alongside him to drive our latest technology to market,” said Tomer Kagan, founder of Quixey. “John is a true leader with an exceptional track record and we are enthused to have him working with us.”
Quixey’s beta mobile search app is available in the Google Play Store and can be downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quixey.android.search&hl=en.
Foster is a senior technology industry executive with a proven track record of strategic leadership and execution. Previously, Foster was president & regional director of Zed USA where he led a strategic reboot for the US & global business to address the disruptive technology shift to smartphones. Past roles include the highly successful turnaround of InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ INSP), where he was responsible for corporate strategy and mergers and acquisition activities, leading the company through a strategic transformation that resulted in InfoSpace becoming the largest North American mobile content provider as well as a leading player in online local search. Prior to InfoSpace, Foster was general manager of business development of RealNetworks, building strategic partnerships to establish Real’s streaming media platform as the industry standard. Prior to RealNetworks, Foster was vice president of business development for NextLink Communications, a CLEC backed by Craig McCaw, driving the company’s growth from privately held start-up to IPO. His career also includes positions as chief financial officer of Dillon Read Venture Capital and as a consultant with Price Waterhouse. Foster has a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.