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Former Amazon Alexa Team Member, Kirk Owen, Joins XAPPmedia as VP of Business Development

XAPPmedia today announced that Kirk Owen, formerly a senior business development manager for Amazon Alexa, has joined the company as a vice president.

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2018XAPPmedia, the leader in interactive voice engagement for brands and media, today announced that Kirk Owen has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Owen most recently served as a senior business development manager for Amazon on the Alexa team. While at Amazon, Kirk worked with developers to bring Alexa skills to market for gaming, finance, retail, and media. Prior to Amazon, Owen served as General Manager of TotalCast for Capitol Broadcasting Company, served as CEO of Zenph, was an Executive Producer for The Walt Disney Company’s gaming division Playdom, and was co-founder and CEO of Merscom. He earned an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Duke University.

“We are excited to have Kirk on our team  — he brings a wealth of  knowledge in voice AI that will help us grow and serve our customers better. He has had broad exposure to a wide variety of brands, agencies, media, and entertainment companies implementing voice apps. That expertise will enable XAPP’s customers to build more effective voice strategies and focus their voice app designs on the types of engagement that have already proven successful. Kirk will also prove invaluable in managing many of XAPP’s strategic partnerships,” said Pat Higbie, CEO and co-founder of XAPPmedia.

“I joined XAPPmedia because I have developed a passion for conversational AI. My new role will allow me to participate more deeply in the creation and optimization of voice apps that delight and engage consumers. XAPPmedia was always a great partner to work with while I was at Amazon and it was clear that the company was both doing great work and had momentum. With more than 1,100 voice apps launched on Alexa and Google Assistant for leading brands and media organizations, working with XAPP presents an opportunity to make a big impact at scale,” said Kirk Owen, vice president of business development at XAPPmedia.

About XAPPmedia

XAPPmedia® is the leader in delivering interactive voice experiences for brands and media that create direct consumer connections through voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana. More than 1,000 voice apps have launched using XAPP’s One Voice AITM software platform that accelerates voice app production, provides multi-assistant publishing from a single code base and is incorporated into a high availability managed service. XAPPmedia was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Washington, DC. One Voice AI and Voice CastTM  are trademarks of XAPPmedia, Inc. Learn more at

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