Platinum Equity Acquires Mobile IQ

Platinum Equity Acquires Mobile IQ

Quark, a portfolio company of Platinum Equity, announced today its acquisition of , a provider of cloud-based digital publishing services. “Quark’s intention is to be the leader in dynamic publishing. Our acquisition of Mobile IQ is the next step in offering the most comprehensive end-to-end solutions for publishing to mobile devices,” said Ray Schiavone, Quark President and CEO. “With the Mobile IQ team and their leading technology, we advance our ability to help organizations create structured content that can be combined with rich design and delivered across media channels in the most efficient ways possible.”

Mobile IQ is a provider of cloud-based digital publishing services largely under its brand PressRun. The company has an extensive background in enterprise mobile solutions and was responsible for developing the BBC News app, one of the most downloaded apps globally and the app that set the standard for news app design. Mobile IQ customers include The BBC, Time Inc., Metro, New England Journal of Medicine, Channel 4, and Top Gear. The company has offices in London and Basingstoke, UK and in San Francisco, CA (

Quark is a provider of publishing software and services for print, Web, and interactive media to publishing and design experts. Quark was acquired by Platinum Equity in August 2011. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Denver, CO (

“It was evident from our early conversations that there is significant affinity between Mobile IQ and Quark’s approach to digital publishing,” said Shaun Barriball, Mobile IQ CEO and Founder. “This acquisition gives the Mobile IQ team an opportunity to continue developing an innovative roadmap for publishers, while expanding the use of our technology into new enterprise markets, such as financial services, manufacturing, and government.”

Platinum Equity invests in a range of industries including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, metals services, manufacturing and distribution. Platinum Equity has completed nearly 120 acquisitions with more than $27.5 billion in aggregate annual revenue at the time of acquisition. The firm is based in Beverly Hills, CA and also has offices in New York, NY and London, UK (

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