Avie Tevanian joins Tellme’s Board of Directors

Today Tellme Networks announced that Avadis “Avie” Tevanian, former software CTO of Apple Computer, has joined its Board of Directors. Tellme operates the world’s largest Internet application network for the phone, handling billions of calls per year and used by more than 30 million people every month. Some of the applications running on Tellme’s network include customer service for Merrill Lynch, E*TRADE and American Airlines, directory assistance for Cingular and Verizon and e-commerce services for Amazon.com and Fandango.

“Avie’s expertise in building products that consumers love is core to what we do. He is a fantastic addition to Tellme’s Board and will help guide our technology team on both product and platform development. We are excited to have him at Tellme,” said Mike McCue, Tellme CEO and co-founder, in the press release.

Tevanian is a widely recognized technical leader, having spent decades developing software platforms. He was one of the principle engineers for the Mach OS kernel, lead efforts to create NeXT Computer’s innovative NEXTSTEP and most recently served as the Chief Software Technology Officer at Apple Computer where he was responsible for the development of Apple’s Mac OS X.

After a career involved with some of the world’s most innovative companies and creative teams, Tevanian retired from Apple in March 2006.

“Tellme is set to revolutionize how every consumer uses a telephone based on its Internet-based open platform, which is accessible from any phone. I’m excited to be working with the Tellme team on the tremendous opportunities before us,” comments Avie Tevanian in the press release.

He joins current Tellme board members Peter Currie, Mohan Gyani, Kevin Harvey, John LaMacchia, Mike McCueand Naomi Seligman. His appointment to Tellme’s Board of Directors is effective immediately.

Tellme: http://www.tellme.com/home.html

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  1. One can’t but help speculate on this move. Avie’s expertise is a little specific to fully fit with this company unless some big developments in tele-internet communications were developing that with his knowledge of OSX would give them a serious leg up. May only be coincidence but one does have to wonder. Certainly if an iPhone does come about I increasingly feel it would move in this sort of direction to minimise the telcom’s tight control as things stand or if nothing else bend their arm.

  2. Avie Tevanian……….Hmmmmm…..is he of middle eastern origin? If so, we’d better start a political hate thread immediately.

    MW:born as in born into a body with no chance to decide.

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