Ikotek appoints industry veterans to its executive management team

Joe Peterson, Chief Executive Officer at Ikotek

Ikotek, the Internet of Things original design manufacturer (ODM) and electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider, is announcing expansion of its executive management team with industry veterans and continue their aggressive growth plans for the company.

What is the market offering of Ikotek?

Headquartered in San Diego, USA, Ikotek offers a one-stop-shop for IoT solutions across design and development, hardware build, testing and verification, product validation, software development, manufacturing and certification delivering high quality products and services to reduce complexity, speed up time to market, eliminate risk and reduce costs. The company has already designed, manufactured and shipped millions of IoT devices since its inception.

Ikotek, the only US-based global ODM with a pure IoT focus, combines end-to-end design consultancy across program management, R&D, sourcing, testing and production at its own as well as third party manufacturing facilities to produce designs for our customers.

With a variety IoT projects in progress, like asset tracking, dash cameras, PDAs and handhelds, Point of sale (POS) devices and hardware for smart grid and metering deployments, Ikotek’s core focus is on the enterprise market to leverage IoT at scale.

Ikotek targets mid-market IoT clients in response to increased demand for the design and build of products. The firm’s ethos is to give clients a competitive edge, through cost reductions and enable savings on their device design, manufacturing and certification costs.

In addition, Ikotek is focused on taking customers’ projects from idea to market in record breaking time. In less than three months, Ikotek has provided end-to-end ODM services that took a complex IoT device to market including design, development and manufacturing.

Who are the additions to the management team?

Led by Chief Executive Officer, Joe Peterson, who has more than 27 years of diverse experience across cellular and IoT industries in the US and international, Ikotek has gathered a team of industry veterans to amplify its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted IoT ODM. Recent additions to the US-based executive management team include:

Bill Leunis, the Vice President of Finance, who brings extensive experience in finance, operations and general management in manufacturing and EMS organizations. Previously, he has headed Finance in divisions of large multi-national corporations ranging in size from 500 to 20,000 people. In addition, he has served as Chief Financial Officer of a company, leading all aspects from its acquisition to initial public offering for eight years after going public.

Tim Newberg, the Vice President of Sales for the United States and Canada, has joined with more than 25 years of experience and leadership in the wireless, broadband, consumer electronics and massive IoT industries. From hardware and software strategy to product marketing, sales and business development he has held senior executive positions at firms including Texas Instruments, Broadcom, Sequans, Rootmetrics, Polte and Sercomm.

Steve Burrington, the Head of North America Engineering, is a 25-year veteran of large and medium-sized wireless product development teams. Previously he served as Vice President of Engineering at CalAmp for the company’s telematics products. He has extensive expertise of getting a diverse range of products to market, via organic development and JDM partnerships. He has held Vice President of Engineering roles at Netgear and Sierra Wireless.

These additions to the management team have been supported by hires across the business and Ikotek has over 350 dedicated R&D employees and continues to add employees weekly.

What were the executive’s thoughts on the additions?

“We’ve seen an incredible uptake of new customers over the last year and we’re excited to bring our unique ODM capabilities and advantages to customers,” said Peterson.

“Supporting our clients with quick time-to-market, leading IoT industry expertise and cost-effective services and solutions is critical during a time where digital transformation is growing across all industries. To help manage growth, commercial excellence and new customers, I’m thrilled to welcome these three leading IoT and ODM capacities to our management team.”

“We aim to serve our clients with local experts in North America and Europe and APAC so we can ensure that Ikotek is close to our customers and has local understanding of their needs.”

“Ikotek exists to turn our customers’ device dreams into Internet of Things reality. We are keen to become customers’ indispensable partner in taking their innovations from concept to high volume product launches across global markets,” Peterson further commented, pointing out the ways in which the company can help are listed on their website.