Encrypted Chat App Wickr Creates New Non-Profit Arm, Nico Sell Steps Down As CEO To Lead It


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Some big changes ahead for Wickr, the messaging app that emerged in the wake of the NSA private data leaks to offer consumers an encrypted, more secure alternative to mainstream services like Facebook.

As of today, the company is splitting its operations in two: a for-profit division that will double down on Wickr as a business, specifically targeting enterprises and as a paid, white-label service; and a non-profit Wickr Foundation, dedicated to advocating secure and safe communications among groups that might need it most, such as children, human rights activists and journalists.

And, as part of the separation, co-founder and outspoken privacy advocate Nico Sell is stepping away as CEO of Wickr and moving over to become the CEO of the Wickr Foundation. She will be replaced in the Wickr CEO role by Mark Fields, who had been leading the Strategic Investment Group for CME, one of Wickr’s investors.

Sell is also taking a role as co-chair of…

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