Former Clearwire Chief Erik Prusch is NetMotion’s New CEO

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 9:35am
Ben Munson

Erik Prusch is now CEO of enterprise mobility software provider NetMotion.

Prior to signing on with NetMotion, Prusch served as CEO of Clearwire, the mobile broadband provider that last year was bought out and absorbed by Sprint. Prusch joined Clearwire as CFO in 2009 and said he was excited to keep chasing the concept of mobility in his new position with NetMotion, though on a smaller scale than Clearwire.

“It’s a small company but it is in a position to grow very rapidly,” Prusch said. “That excites me. That’s what I saw at Clearwire way back.”

He assured that NetMotion will continue with core business of its mobile VPN, mobility suite and, most recently, Locality, the company’s cloud-based mobile deployment management software.

“I think the combination of all these things give us plenty of headroom to be able to grow and aggressively go after the market where frankly, we don’t see a lot of competition and our products compete very effectively today,” Prusch said, in an interview with Wireless Week.

Prusch didn’t go into much detail about the future roadmap for NetMotion, but the company today did announce the latest version of its Mobility VPN software—now with support for Windows 8.1—as well as some new channel programs to help its partners with market development and training.

Prusch sounded optimistic about what NetMotion would bring to market over the next 12 to 24 months with the team in place and the benefit of Clearlake, the investment firm that bought NetMotion in September 2012.

“In order to want to do it again, you’ve got to believe you can build it out, as I’ve done before,” Prusch said.



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