Irvine, Calif. - Conexant Systems Inc., an audio and imaging innovation leader, today announced the appointment of Kurt Hoff as senior vice president of worldwide sales. Hoff joins Conexant from Silicon Labs, where he was senior vice president of worldwide sales. Hoff replaces Ahmed Nawaz, who is retiring after three years of exceptional leadership as he assisted in the transformation of Conexant into an audio and imaging leader.
Hoff was attracted to Conexant because of the company's momentum in audio and imaging and the exciting potential for its AudioSmart™ technology. "Conexant's AudioSmart solutions are gaining rapid acceptance by some of the biggest names in the industry," noted Hoff. "The opportunity to join this high-caliber, innovative team was very appealing as their audio technology is fundamentally changing the way people live and work."
In this role, Hoff will further establish Conexant's leadership position in the audio and imaging markets. He will focus on developing and nurturing key customer relationships while overseeing Conexant's global sales organization. With more than 25 years of experience managing sales and operations for technology companies, Hoff will play a key role as Conexant continues to expand its presence globally and respond to the large demand for its solutions.
At Silicon Labs, Hoff spent eight years leading the company's global sales team in EMEA and the Asia Pacific region including China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Prior to joining Silicon Labs, Hoff served as president, CEO and director of Cognio, a spectrum management company. He has also managed sales and operations for C-Port Corporation, a network processor company acquired by Motorola, and held a variety of positions at Advanced Micro Devices. Hoff holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
"Kurt's background and experience are tremendous assets for Conexant as we continue to build traction for our AudioSmart and ImagingSmart solutions globally," said Denis Regimbal, CEO of Conexant. "We provide our audio technology to manufacturers of the world's most cutting-edge technology solutions, and our ability to attract top talent like Kurt is a true testament to the excitement our solutions are generating."
Conexant's AudioSmart solutions address the growing number of applications that combine embedded audio and voice -- including smart TVs, smart appliances, headsets and mobile computing platforms such as notebooks and tablets. Used by industry leaders in Unified Communications, consumer electronics and advanced gaming headsets, Conexant's solutions deliver the highest level of audio quality combined with voice interaction for an exceptional audio experience. Conexant's ImagingSmart™ product family delivers an extraordinary imaging experience. With a range of solutions for home, mobile and enterprise applications, the ImagingSmart portfolio includes cloud imaging, document and photo imaging controllers, digital video, and fax solutions.