BEIJING, Sept. 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoNavi Holdings Limited ("AutoNavi" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:AMAP), a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and location-based solutions in China, today announced the appointment of Ms. Jun Jin as vice president and chief marketing officer, with immediate effect. Ms. Jin will oversee AutoNavi's public relations, marketing and branding initiatives. Ms. Jin joins AutoNavi from Amazon China, where she served as director of corporate communications overseeing public relations, product marketing and employee communications, and led the company's public relations efforts during its e-commerce re-branding from Joyo Amazon to Amazon China. Prior to Amazon China, Ms. Jin held various roles over an 11-year period working at Microsoft in the United States and China. In her most recent position at Microsoft, she was director of marketing & communications at Microsoft Research Asia, promoting Microsoft's premier research organization in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Jin received an M.B.A. and a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree from Peking University. Concurrently, the Company also announced the appointments of Mr. Hanping Feng and Mr. Jun Chen as vice presidents of technology, with immediate effect. Mr. Feng will lead AutoNavi's mobile team in the development and adoption of mobile map applications and technologies, while Mr. Chen will lead the building and enhancement of AutoNavi's data center infrastructure for its cloud-based map service platform. Mr. Feng previously worked at Google for nearly 10 years. While at Google, Mr. Feng led its mobile technology team in China, which launched and improved a variety of mobile products including Google Maps and mobile search, localized a number of Google's global mobile products and launched Android applications. Mr. Feng received a bachelor's degree in automatic control and a master's degree in systems engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, as well as a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.