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AirTight Networks Strengthens Executive Bench to Expand Global Presence in Retail and Enterprise Wi-Fi
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:09:43 PM

AirTight Networks

Technology industry veterans to drive rapid growth of cloud-managed Wi-Fi leader

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. June 17, 2015 AirTight Networks, a global leader in cloud-managed Wi-Fi, today announced the appointment of Rick Wilmer to the position of chief executive officer, and of Kester Kyrie to vice president of worldwide sales and channels. The additions position the company for continued success in the fast growing enterprise Wi-Fi market.

"Rick and Kester are highly-experienced executives who share a clear vision for driving secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi adoption in the enterprise markets," said Faysal A. Sohail, chairman of AirTight Networks. "We are very enthusiastic about their working together to drive our business forward. They will provide the strategic focus and business insight needed to accelerate AirTight's growth."

AirTight's mission is to make enterprise Wi-Fi extremely simple and massively scalable to connect billions of devices to the digital world. AirTight is obsessive about making its customers successful and is committed to fearless creativity, as well as partnering with others who share the same passion. The company provides users with the most affordable and highly-secure cloud based wireless networks.

Wilmer brings more than 25 years of experience in networking and storage to his new role as AirTight CEO. Prior to joining AirTight as COO in December 2014, he served as CEO of Leyden Energy and was an executive-in-residence at Lightspeed Venture Partners. He previously served as CEO of Pliant Technology (acquired by SanDisk) and as COO of Santur Corporation. Prior to that he was head of business operations at Aruba Networks, from its early days through its IPO in 2007. Wilmer also served in executive engineering and operations roles at 2Wire, Seagate and Maxtor.

Kyrie brings more than 25 years of experience in the sales industry to AirTight. Prior to AirTight, he served as vice president of sales for Cyphort, helping launch the company while building out the sales and channel organization. He spent 10 years at Aruba Networks, most recently serving as the area vice president of sales for the West, and taking the company from its first sales through its IPO in 2007 to more than $600 million in revenues. He previously held sales leadership roles at Intruvert Networks, Alteon WebSystems and Shomiti Systems.

"I am extremely pleased with the executive team we have assembled, which positions us well to continue our growth and expand our presence in the global Wi-Fi market," said Wilmer. "2015 will be a transformative year for AirTight in terms of market expansion, sales growth and product innovation. Kester and I, along with our remarkable engineering team, will help ensure that we make the absolute most of the opportunities that lie ahead of us. We intend to do some spectacular things this year by driving our industry away from the old, expensive and complicated controller-based Wi-Fi to a completely new generation of cloud-based Wi-Fi that supports scalability and ease of use beyond anything that's out there today -- all with the very best wireless security."

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