Summus, a developer of applications and information processing tools for wireless companies, has named a new CEO to succeed Bjorn Jawerth, whose contract was not renewed.

Jawerth’s contract expired on Feb. 16, and he was replaced by Gary Ban as CEO of Summus. Jawerth will remain as a director of the company, but will not continue as its chairman of the board.

Ban had been serving as chief operating officer of Summus. Before joining the Raleigh-based company, he was director of customer integration for ABB’s electricity metering group and prior to that, director of re-engineering services for the Pinnacle Group.

Summus also announced that it will work with Fuji Photo Film U.S.A to develop a photo services solution for wireless consumers. The two companies debuted Fujifilm Get the Picture Mobile Service, powered by Summus’ BlueFuel, in June of 2003.

The two companies now have expanded their collaboration to develop a broad range of mobile imaging solutions that will allow consumers to capture, store, share and print all of their digital images in a suite of mobile applications.

Valhalla, NY-based Fujifilm is utilizing Summus’ BlueFuel middleware platform as a way to integrate its Get the Picture Online service, an print network that connects picture-takers to retail photofinishers, with mobile data services. This solution will give consumers the option to choose a local retail location via their mobile devices and send their digital images to the selected retailer for printing.

“Fujifilm is a highly recognizable brand in photo imaging,” said Ban, the newly appointed Summus CEO. “Connecting Fujifilm’s strong network of retailers to the mobile consumer through the BlueFuel platform extends Fujifilm’s lead in the digital photo-imaging market by creating seamless, easy-to-use and complete mobile photo solutions.”

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