Former CEO Guy Krief will join the Board of Directors
London, December 4th, 2019 – Leading mobile technology company, Upstream, announces former Head of Secure-D, Dimitris Maniatis, as its new CEO. As of January 1st 2020, Maniatis will succeed Guy Krief who will join the board of directors to drive the company’s strategic vision and long-term growth. Following the successful transformation of the company under Guy’s leadership, in his new position, Dimitris will be responsible for further expanding Upstream’s growth by leading its new innovative products to market.
Guy Krief said: “This has been a transformative past three years for Upstream as we developed innovative technologies that addressed challenges and explored untapped digital opportunities within the mobile industry landscape. As a precursor for even more amazing things to come, Dimitris Maniatis will be writing the next exciting chapter as CEO. I am eager to continue supporting him as he takes over the helm and delivers the company’s cutting-edge vision worldwide”.
Dimitris Maniatis joined Upstream in 2017 to head Secure-D. Under his leadership Secure-D has grown into an award-winning, carrier-grade security platform, trusted by 30 mobile network operators in emerging markets. Before joining Upstream, Dimitris was in advertising through ‘all things web’, the digital marketing agency he founded in 2009. In 2014 ‘all things web’ became part of IPG and was relaunched as Reprise Digital Greece, member of the global digital marketing agency network of IPG. Maniatis holds a degree in Software Engineering, from the University of Manchester, in the UK.
“I am honored to be leading Upstream through its next steps into the future and preparing to advance our product portfolio further into the market,” commented Dimitris Maniatis. “I want to thank Guy for the trust he has put in me over the past three years of working together, and for his approach to innovation which he has infused in all of us. I am looking forward to working alongside our amazing management team and our talented, savvy and committed colleagues”, Maniatis added.
“This is a pivotal and exciting time for Upstream,” commented Marco Veremis, co-founder and executive chairman of the board. “As CEO, Guy had a catalytic effect on the company’s evolution as a mobile technology leader, successfully transforming our product portfolio with innovating technologies. The succession of Dimitris Maniatis paves the way to the next phase of development for Upstream and I look forward to seeing all the new things I know he’ll bring to the table for our ground-breaking products to reach their full market potential”.
Upstream’s co-founder, board director, and CEO of Persado, Alex Vratskides, commented, “Guy was called to transform Upstream and he revolutionized the company’s product offerings. Upstream is now entering a new era of growth and leadership, and I wish Dimitris Maniatis the very best of luck in his new role as CEO. He has proven his pedigree as head of Secure-D for Upstream, and with his extensive digital expertise, I am confident that he will strengthen the company’s position as a market leader worldwide”.
Upstream, the leading mobile technology company, provides innovative solutions that offer seamless and secure mobile Internet access to 1.2 billion consumers in high growth markets. Upstream’s Zero-D service provides free access to the internet essentials to 250 million mobile users in Latin America and Africa even when they have run out of data. Its security platform Secure-D, in 2018 alone, processed over 1.8 billion mobile transactions, detecting and blocking over 63,000 malicious apps in 16 countries. With a presence in over 45 countries in Latin America, Africa, and SE Asia, Upstream works with more than 60 mobile operators. Its team consists of 280 employees, over 25 nationalities, in 9 offices around the world.