Friday, 27 July 2012

Elephant Talk appoints Director of Corporate Communications and Hires New PR and IR Agencies


Schiphol, the Netherlands – 27 July 2012 – Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK) (http://www.elephanttalk.com), an international provider of business software to the telecommunications and financial industries, has appointed Jan Goeijenbier as Director of Corporate Communications. Jan will also manage the group’s newly appointed public relations agencies – Fishburn Hedges in Europe and Intermarket Communications in the United States – as well as, together with VP of Investor Relations Steve Gersten, The Blueshirt Group, ETAK’s new investor relations agency.


The new appointments reflect Elephant Talk’s commitment to meet the highest standards in its sustainable communication with stakeholders.


Jan’s main responsibility will be to strengthen and further improve Elephant Talk’s branding and external relations, and he will be reporting to Steven van der Velden, CEO of Elephant Talk. Jan brings a wealth of experience, having worked as an interim manager and consultant at the executive board level for over 150 clients in industries including pensions and finance, energy, broadcasting, government, real estate, accountancy, agricultural, FMCG and higher education.


Fishburn Hedges, a leading PR agency based in London, will manage Elephant Talk’s European media relations. The agency already advises and implements the European communications strategy of ValidSoft, Elephant Talk’s subsidiary.


Intermarket is a top-tier PR agency based in New York, representing such internationally recognised brands as Nestle and Charles Schwab. It will be managing Elephant Talk’s media communications in the US as the company seeks to expand its presence in that market following its listing on the NYSE Amex last year. In addition to Elephant Talk’s US PR strategy, Intermarket will also take on ValidSoft’s US PR responsibility.


The Blueshirt Group provides capital markets expertise and strategic financial and media relations counsel to growth companies and venture capital firms globally. Founded in 1999, the firm has earned its reputation as a leader in investor relations, financial communications, financial media relations and crisis management.


Steven van der Velden, CEO of Elephant Talk, comments: “I’m delighted that Jan is on board to share his broad experience with our businesses. His responsibilities will include corporate branding & communications, public & investor relations, and public affairs. He joins us during an exciting time for the telecommunications and software industry as a whole.”


Jan Goeijenbier, Corporate Communications Head, Elephant Talk adds: “I am excited to be a part of the Elephant Talk team and to work alongside Fishburn Hedges, Intermarket and The Blueshirt Group in our continued efforts to communicate important business developments to our stakeholders. Elephant Talk is a truly innovative telecom and financial services software provider, and I look forward to showcasing our ability to evolve with technology, whether in global mobile telecoms, cloud-based services or fraud detection, in the form of ValidSoft’s products.”