A Decade of GPS Business News

Dear reader,

GPS Business News was born early 2007 on the simple idea that the GPS and positioning/navigation markets were in need of a business newsletter and website that would help worldwide stakeholders keep up to date with technology and business.

The outcome was an immediate success with 25,000 monthly readers in 100+ countries in the first year and pageviews that reached sometimes half a million a month.

Since then geolocation technologies (in all its flavours) have become ubiquitous and transformed the world in many ways, from location-based advertising to driverless cars, to the (almost) extinction of paper maps.

9+ years and almost 6,000 articles later I have decided to discontinue GPS Business News. It has been a great ride from the beginning till the end, and, like every journey, an opportunity to make a number of good friends all over the world.

I have decided to concentrate on consulting, events – ConnecteDriver which will be in its 4th year in 2017 and the newly born Geo IoT World which had a great start last week in Brussels) as well as a geolocation startup which will be publicly announced in a matter of months (stay tuned!).

I will nevertheless continue to post about geolocation and connected cars on the Twitter feed and LinkedIn group, and probably contribute some articles here and there.

I hope you enjoyed GPS Business News as much as I did, see you soon!

Ludovic Privat



NB: The website and its content will continue to be available for a number of months.

NB2: If you are interested in our email database, please reach out.

Waze Co-Founder Uri Levine Joins HERE Supervisory Board

Following its recent appointment of Edzard Overbeek as CEO, digital mapping company HERE announced the composition of a newly-established Supervisory Board that brings together shareholders and independent advisors.

The Supervisory Board of HERE International B.V. will consist of the following members:

– Rudi Lamprecht, Chairman of EWC East-West-Connect GmbH, Chairman of Duagon AG, Board Member of AO.com, Board Member of Fujitsu Technology Solutions and a former Member of the Board of Siemens AG. Mr. Lamprecht brings to the role his deep experience of the telecommunications and information technology industries.

– Uri Levine, co-founder and former President of Waze, the community-based traffic and navigation app acquired by Google for $1 Billion. Levine is an investor and entrepreneur, currently serving as Chairman of Engie, Fairfly and Zeek. He is also founder and Chairman of FeeX, and serves on the Board of Directors of Roomer and Moovit.

РKlaus Fr̦hlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Development.

– Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.

– Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

The Chairman for the Supervisory Board is planned to be appointed during the coming weeks.

NNG Appoints New CEO, Former TomTom Exec Giles Shrimpton

Automotive navigation software and infotainment supplier NNG has appointed Giles Shrimpton as its CEO, effective March 1, 2016.

NNG was searching for a new CEO since July 2015 when Peter Balogh, co-founder of the company, left the job. In the meantime Péter Szombathelyi, long time COO, was managing the company as interim CEO.

Shrimpton, brings to NNG more than 30 experience in automotive infotainment. He started his career as a software engineer and has held senior positions at Philips, Siemens, Valeo, TomTom, and Mirror Controls.

He spent almost seven years at TomTom where he was recruited to start their Automotive Business Unit in May 2007, after TomTom acquired the Dutch navigation assets of Siemens VDO (read here).

This led him to join the TomTom executive board. He also set up TomTom China in 2012, located in Shanghai for a little more than a year.

Antoine Saucier Appointed as Managing Director TomTom Automotive

On the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show TomTom announced this week the appointment of Antoine Saucier as Managing Director of its Automotive division.

Saucier worked at TomTom for eight years, his most recent position was Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships in Europe within the Automotive division.

Before joining TomTom in 2007, Antoine Saucier, a French native, worked in leadership positions at PSA Peugeot Citroën, Valeo and Hutchinson. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.

Previously based in France, Saucier is now located at TomTom’s headquarters in Amsterdam.

INRIX Hires Steve Banfield as CMO

Real-time traffic information provider INRIX has recruited a Chief Marketing Officer named Steve Banfield.

He is responsible for leading global marketing and product management efforts across the company’s key markets including its automotive, mobile, public sector, media and enterprise businesses.

Prior to INRIX, Steve. Banfield was the Senior Vice President and General Manager at domain name services company Rightside. Previously, he served as Chief Product Officer at Korrio where he expanded Korrio’s cloud platform for youth sports organizations leading product design and development efforts across the platform’s club administrative and team social services.

Earlier in his career, Banfield held several leadership positions in product and content development, delivery and marketing at Screenlife Games (a Paramount Pictures Division), Sony, RealNetworks and Microsoft.

INRIX Appoints Former Microsoft CFO John Connors to Board of Directors

Global traffic information supplier INRIX today announced the election of John Connors, former CFO of Microsoft to its board of directors, as a new independent board member.

Connors spent 16 years at Microsoft in various management positions including as senior vice president and chief financial officer from 1999 to 2005. He is currently a partner at venture capital firm Ignition Partners where he invests principally in business software and services companies. Ignition Partners is not an investor in INRIX.

This appointment is in line with INRIX corporate strategy to raise money in an IPO in the first quarter of 2013. The Wall Street Journal reported early October that the company hired Goldman Sachs Group and JPMorgan Chase for the same purpose.

TomTom US VP of Marketing Tom Murray Quits for Carbonite

Tom Murray, senior vice president of marketing for TomTom, Inc., the US subsidiary of the Dutch navigation maker has left the company, we learned today from Carbonite, an online back up company that hired him as their new marketing executive.

No replacement has been announced by TomTom yet. Murray had joined TomTom in April 2007. Under his tenure TomTom US business increased from $125 million to $500 million.

GARMIN nominates Eric Bernard as General Manager Garmin France

Garmin has announced the appointment of Eric Bernard as General Manager for its French office. This nomination follows the purchase by Garmin,in January 2007, of its French distributor EME TecSat.

Prior to joining Garmin, Eric Bernard (43 years old) worked as Southern Europe sales Director for Handspring. He also managed European Sales Development for Navigon.

Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President Global Sales, states: « Eric Bernard solid worldwide management experience coupled with his knowledge of the consumer GPS market will accelerate Garmin sales growth in the French market.”

NIM Names David Shimoni SVP Worldwide Sales

Networks In Motion, the white label wireless LBS company, today announced that David Shimoni has been named to the newly created position of senior vice president of worldwide sales to serve growing international markets for location-based services for wireless carriers.

Shimoni has 15 years of experience in sales and marketing on the wireless market. Most recently, he served for 2 years as president of Mobixell Networks, a provider of wireless multimedia adaptation technology. Shimoni spent most of its career at Comverse where he held various assignments up to the position of vice president, wireless sales.

Shimoni holds a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School in New York City and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Networks In Motion started its European expansion last February at the 3GSM World Congress, where it announced the availability of the European version of its products: AtlasBook (Navigation), FamilyFinder, and AtlasLink (mobile workforce management solution).

Networks in Motion is most notably known for powering the off-board navigation solution VZ Navigator (Verizon Wireless); the company has a staff of around 60 people and is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California.