Globetouch names Greg Ross and Gabriele Di Piazza as new advisors

Natalie Bannerman
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The former director of General Motors, Greg Ross and the former VP of products and solutions at VMware, Gabriele Di Piazza have been named as advisors at Globetouch

Globetouch, the connectivity services provider, has named former General Motors director, Greg Ross and former VMware VP of products and solutions, Gabriele Di Piazza as new advisors.

Greg Ross 160 x 186Ross enters the role after 31 years at General Motors (GM) and will use this experience to guide Globetouch through the automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and the Connected Car marketplace. Throughout his career Ross has served as an advisor for a number of different connected car businesses. During his time at GM, Ross was instrumental in the growth and scaling of GM’s OnStar, a program which is partnered by Globetouch with to help expand GM’s network capabilities. In addition, Ross also managed GM’s multi-million dollar global portfolio of alliances for its connected vehicle group, and will bring this expertise to Globetouch’s strategy.

Commenting on the new appointments, Riccardo Di Blasio, CEO of Globetouch, said: “We’re excited to kick off 2018 with both Greg and Gabriele joining our growing team of advisors. It’s a step in the right direction as Globetouch continues its focus on offering OEMs global coverage and connectivity for the Connected Car and IoT markets. With their extensive knowledge in these areas, Gabrielle and Greg will help shine a light on growth opportunities within the intersections of the automotive industry and the OEMs.”

Gabriele Di Piazza 160 x 186Di Piazza brings over 20 years’ of telco experience to the role and has specialist experience in the areas of product management and business development while at companies like VMware, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. Di Piazza’s appointment comes as the company looks to capitalise on new areas of business growth, especially as Globetouch has become known for helping telcos redefine their business models to take advantage of Smart Cities, Connected Cars and Industrial IoT markets.

In May 2017, Globetouch appointed ex-Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin as chair of the board. Sarin joins the company having served as CEO at Vodafone from 2003 – 2008. Prior to that he spent seven years at AirTouch where he served as president, chief operating officer and international CEO.