Lenco Mobile has relocated its headquarters from Santa Barbara, California to Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, the lastest in a string of California companies that have set up operations here in order to mine the region’s tech talent. A mobile marketing company, Lenco is publicly traded with revenue of $2.8 million in the third quarter of last year. That was a 359 percent increase over the same time frame in 2010, though the company showed a net loss of $32 million during the third quarter of 2011.
In addition, the company has named Chris Dukelow — the former CFO at Giant Campus and Escapia — as chief financial officer. He replaces Tom Banks. That follows the appointment three months ago of 51-year-old attorney Matt Harris — a University of Washington graduate who previously served as the top exec of iLoop, Volantis Systems, Metrowerks and Embedix — as CEO.
Lenco purchased iLoop in December, at which time the company move its headquarters to 100 South King Street.
In addition to the headquarters move, Lenco Chairman Michael Levinsohn plans to move to Seattle later this year.
It is unclear how many people are involved in the headquarters move, and what Lenco’s growth plans are for the region. We have an email into the company, and we’ll update as we hear more.
Lenco helps companies execute mobile marketing campaigns through various channels, including text messages. The company, which originally started in 1999 under the name Shochet Holdings Corporation and has been in the mobile advertising business since 2008, also has operations in United Kingdom, Mexico, Colombia, Singapore, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Australia and South Africa.
UPDATE: Dukelow tells GeekWire that the company chose Seattle because “there is great technical and business talent in the mobile space.” The company currently employs about 50 in the U.S. and 60 internationally. Just four employees are in Seattle, but it plans to grow to 10 by the end of April.