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Austin, Texas [February 28, 2019] (ORIGINAL: GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Today Phunware, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHUN), a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide, announced additional background information of the independent directors appointed to its Board of Directors on December 26, 2018, in conjunction with the closing of its merger with Stellar Acquisition III (NASDAQ: STLR).

Additional background information for these directors is specific to Keith Cowan, a former attorney and Sprint and BellSouth executive, Lori Tauber Marcus, a former Pepsi, Keurig Green Mountain, The Children’s Place and Peloton Interactive executive, and Kathy Mayor, a former Carnival Corporation, Las Vegas Sands, Procter & Gamble and McKinsey executive.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Board of Directors of Phunware,” said Lori Tauber Marcus. “Mobile is the center of the universe for consumer engagement with brands and experiences and it’s an honor to work with a company that creates tools for great consumer brands to maximize those experiences.”

“We are pleased to have Keith, Lori and Kathy as independent directors of our board,” said Phunware’s co-founder and CEO Alan S. Knitowski. “They joined us at an exciting time for the company as we work to dominate the intersection of mobile, cloud, big data and blockchain in the public markets on NASDAQ. Their expertise and experience brings valuable perspectives as we execute our strategy for PHUN to win the era of decentralized computing.”

“Blockchain has the unique ability to put the power and monetization of consumer data back into the hands of the consumer,” said Kathy Mayor. “The Phunware team and offering is uniquely positioned to facilitate this and I’m honored to be part of the journey as an independent member of the board.”

About Keith Cowan

Keith Cowan is an experienced executive officer, board member, advisor, investor and attorney. He has been CEO of Cowan Consulting Corporation since 2013. Prior to that, he was President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Initiatives for Sprint Corporation, including the negotiation of its sale to SoftBank. He has also held multiple executive roles at Bell South Corporation, including Chief Development Officer, President of Marketing & Product Management, and Chief Network Field Officer. From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Cowan was a partner at Alston & Bird LLP.

Mr. Cowan is a board member of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Vice Chairman of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, Chairman of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund and a Trustee of the Loomis Chafee School. Mr. Cowan holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD, Law from the University of Virginia School of Law.

About Lori Tauber Marcus

Lori Tauber Marcus combines strategic vision, strong business and general management acumen with direct-to-consumer expertise in e-commerce, digital marketing and social media. Ms. Marcus sits on the board of Golub Corporation, the advisory board of Meural, Inc., and is Chair of the Board of DNA Diagnostics Center. In addition, she is a Director for SHARE and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Since 2017 she has worked with the Harvard Business School’s Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator as Chair of the Direct-to-Patient Initiative.

Ms. Marcus’ past corporate roles include CMO for Peloton Interactive, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Brand and Product Officer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and CMO of The Children’s Place. Prior to this, she had a 24-year career with PepsiCo, including national and global Senior Vice President and general management roles. Ms. Marcus holds a BSE from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

About Kathy Mayor

Kathy Mayor is the Chief Marketing Officer of BoxyCharm, a beauty subscription service company. She has held numerous leadership positions in business development, retail marketing, loyalty marketing, and digital marketing technology. Prior to her current role, Ms. Mayor was the Chief Digital Officer for Carnival Corporation and the Chief Marketing Officer of Carnival Cruise Line.

Ms. Mayor has also held a number of positions at Las Vegas Sands Corporation, including vice president and senior vice president roles in strategy and marketing as well as multiple director positions with Caesar Entertainment Corporation. Prior to that she worked for McKinsey & Company and Procter & Gamble. Ms. Mayor has a B.S. in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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