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andrew bud is Executive Chairman of mBlox Inc, the largest premium rate SMS aggregator in the UK and the USA. He co-founded the company in 1999 and, as CEO, built it to become a leading provider of text messaging and billing services. Strategy and public affairs are among his current responsibilities. He is also Vice Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), the global trade association of the mobile content and services industry. He has been an MEF Board member since 2001 and leads its regulatory activities.

Andrew BudFrom 1988 to 1996, he was based in Italy as head of mobile technology for Olivetti and in 1994 was the founding technical head of Omnitel (now Vodafone Italia). While at Olivetti, he also founded and ran Europe's first wireless LAN business, and played a leading role in the development of the regulatory infrastructure for Europe's successful DECT standard. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a director of Connect Communications Group, a leading European provider of corporate telecommunications services, and was Group Marketing Director for Azlan plc, the 200m European distributor of Internet technology.

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