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Mobile Top 50

Mobile has fundamentally changed the way humans interact and transformed how brands connect with consumers.

The rapid rise of smartphones and tablets has paved the way for a marketing platform that eclipses everything else that has gone before in terms of adoption and reach.

In this, our annual celebration of the people at the forefront of this exciting, ever-evolving space, we find out who the 50 most respected and influential individuals from across the UK’s mobile spectrum – those who have championed it as a channel and whose impact has been felt throughout the industry.

The Mobile Top 50 was decided upon after a shortlist of 100 nominated individuals was put to a public vote and the result is an interesting mix of individuals from across the mobile landscape, all who share one thing in common: their continued dedication and passion for mobile innovation.

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Rank Name Job Title Company / Organisation
1 James Hilton Global CEO M&C Saatchi Mobile
2 Milton Elias Head of Mobile OMD
3 Alex Newman MD mobile EMEA Omnicom
4 Natalie Massenet founder and executive chairman NET-A-PORTER
5 Jay Altschuler director of global media Unilever
6 Mark Brennan Head of Mobile Manning Gottlieb OMD
7 Carl Uminski COO Somo
8 Alex Kozloff Head of Mobile Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB)
9 Tamara Sword founder TRM&C
10 Dan Beasley head of mobile Deep Focus London
11 Ilicco Elia head of mobile DigitasLBi
12 Mark Slade EMEA MD Opera Mediaworks
13 Zac Pinkham MD EMEA Millennial Media
14 Oliver Bareham head of mobile IPG Mediabrands
15 Naveen Tewari CEO & Founder InMobi
16 Richard Hocking EMEA director of performance and mobile Starcom MediaVest Group
17 Olaf Swantee CEO EE.
18 William Rusack business development director, EMEIA, iAd Apple
19 Erfan Djazmi head of mobile and social Essence
20 Adam Levene SVP strategy Monitise Create
21 James Chandler Head of Mobile Mindshare
22 Magnus Jern head of mobile application solutions Golden Gekko
23 Ian Carrington director of performance, solutions & innovation Google
24 Ben Scott-Robinson head of interactive experience Ordnance Survey
25 Rob Jonas global chief revenue officer PubMatic
26 Ben Phillips global head of mobile MediaCom
27 Claire Valoti head of agency partnerships Facebook
28 Bruce Daisley managing director UK Twitter
29 Stefan Bardega chief digital officer ZenithOptimedia
30 Rob Evans Founder & Director The App Business
30 Daniel Joseph Founder & Director The App Business
31 Lee Fels head of mobile & video The Guardian
32 Daniel Rosen global CEO Joule Worldwide
33 Ross Sleight chief strategy officer Somo
34 Adhish Kulkarni chief marketing officer Lumata
35 Theo Theodorou general manager EMEA xAd
36 Azmat Yusuf founder & CEO Citymapper
37 Justin Taylor MD, digital MEC
38 Ian Dowds vice president & general manager for brand, Europe InMobi
39 Kim de Ruiter senior manager, music, video and games - Europe Samsung
40 Gavin Stirrat chief operating officer StrikeAd
41 Andrew Glass commercial director Samsung
42 James Connelly founder and CEO Fetch
43 Paul Berney co-founder & CEO EMEA mCordis
44 Sonia Carter head of digital and social media Mondelez Europe
45 Ronan Dunne CEO O2
46 Charlie Hunter-Schyff head of planning and insights Telefonica Digital
47 Mark Freeman managing partner Movement
48 Peter Dolukhanov managing director Nice Agency
49 Lewis Clayton head of London Underground WiFi Virgin Media
50 Nick Hynes co-founder and CEO Somo