Former Points International CTO Dave Simons Will Lead the Expansion of Kik's Engineering TeamWATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kik Interactive, maker of chat platform Kik, has hired Dave Simons, an experienced engineering executive, as senior vice president of engineering. Simons, previously chief technology officer at Points International, will help expand and lead Kik's engineering and product teams.
"Dave is one of the best engineering leaders in Canada with an impressive track record of success," said Ted Livingston, founder and CEO of Kik. "He is exactly the kind of person we want in place to build a world class engineering organization and to explore new areas in the messaging and chatbot spaces." Simons joins the Waterloo-based Kik after seven years as CTO of Points International, a global leader in loyalty currency management. At Points International, he helped develop infrastructure to drive ecommerce and technology solutions for global brands such as Chase, Marriott, and United Airlines. "Three-hundred million registered users create fascinating scale-related engineering and operational challenges" said Simons. "I've been extremely impressed with what this 150-person team has accomplished, and any engineer coming to Kik will have a material impact on the company becoming one of the dominant chat platforms in North America." Before joining Points International, Simons co-founded NeoEdge Networks and held various positions at AOL Time Warner and Citibank, where he built and scaled large consumer-facing deployments, advertising infrastructure, peer-to-peer networks, and more. He is also a University of Waterloo alumna. About Kik InteractiveKik Interactive, Inc., connects the world through chat. The company is the maker of Kik, a chat platform with more than 300 million registered users where people can chat with friends and connect with chat-based experiences. Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive, Inc. is headquartered in Waterloo, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto. For more information, please visit: kik.com.