Urban Airship, the Portland startup that helps companies like Red Bull, Alaska Airlines, TMZ and Rhapsody deliver push notifications to mobile devices, has picked up an additional $9 million in venture funding. The new money follows a $12.1 million investment that closed in October, with total funding in the company now standing at $67.6 million.
Backers of the company include August Capital, Foundry Group, Franklin Park Associates, QuestMark Partners, True Ventures and Verizon Ventures.
The company also bolstered its management team, adding two new executives and reassigning a third.
Erin Hintz joined as CMO and Mike Musson joined as senior vice president of strategy & business development. Both are former executives at Citrix, where newly-appointed Urban Airship CEO Brett Caine previously worked as president. Caine lives in California, but commutes to Portland where the company is headquartered. The Oregonion reports that it is unclear where the new executives will be based.
In addition, Brent Hieggelke, who worked as CMO of Urban Airship over the past three years, is now serving as the company’s chief mobile evangelist. In that role, Hieggelke will be responsible for “uncovering and inspiring innovation with customers, app development and agency partners, mobile platform providers and the industry-at-large.”
“With today’s executive appointments we’re expanding our leadership capacity to focus more deeply on our customers and the market as we scale our business globally,” said Caine in a release. “We’re bringing on executives with strong, proven leadership to drive mobile-first innovations that re-imagine consumers’ mobile experiences and the business results they achieve for our customers.”
The appointments come after a tumultuous time in the executive ranks at the company following the resignation of CEO Scott Kveton who left the company last July amid sexual assault allegations by a former girlfriend. (Previously: How Urban Airship recovered after founder was accused of sexual assault).