Irvine, Calif. - Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) -- a specialized networking company providing smart IoT and M2M connectivity solutions -- today announced that Jeffrey W. Benck, 50, has been appointed as president and chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately. Benck has also been appointed to the company's board of directors.
"We are pleased to have a proven successful leader of Jeff's caliber joining Lantronix," said Bernhard Bruscha, chairman of Lantronix's board of directors. "The board is confident that Jeff's deep operational skills and extensive technology industry experience make him the right person to strengthen Lantronix's leadership in the marketplace and take it to the next level."
"Lantronix has innovative technology that is needed by the industry to enable otherwise unconnected machines to communicate with the rest of the world, just as the 'Internet of Things' moves into its broad adoption phase. Lantronix has a reputation for developing leading-edge solutions to address the secure connectivity issues that most organizations face today," said Benck. "I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with a very talented group of Lantronix employees in building upon this foundation and enhancing long-term shareholder value by leading the company in its next phase of growth."
Most recently, Benck served as president and chief executive officer of Emulex Corporation, a global supplier of advanced networking, monitoring and management solutions, from July 2013 until Emulex was acquired by Avago Technologies in May 2015. He joined Emulex in May 2008 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was subsequently appointed to president and chief operating officer in August 2010. Prior to joining Emulex, Benck was president and chief operating officer of QLogic Corporation, a supplier of storage networking solutions. Earlier, he spent 18 years at IBM Corporation where he held a variety of executive leadership roles, including serving as vice president of xSeries, BladeCenter and Retail Store Solutions development. Benck holds a master of science degree in management of technology from University of Miami and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He and his family reside in Orange County, California.
The company will grant Mr. Benck an inducement award of 450,000 restricted share units (RSUs) in connection with the commencement of his employment. The shares subject to the inducement award shall vest according to the following schedule: one-third (150,000) of the RSUs shall vest on December 1, 2016 and the remaining RSUs shall vest ratably each quarter thereafter for a period of 24 months. The RSUs will be issued as employment inducement awards in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) is a specialized networking company providing M2M (machine to machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions. Our products deliver secure connectivity, device management and mobility for today's increasingly connected world. By networking and managing devices and machines that have never before been connected, we enable our customers to realize the possibilities of the Internet of Things. Founded in 1989, Lantronix pioneers robust, intelligent and easy to deploy solutions for mission critical applications in a wide range of industries, including data center, medical, security, industrial, transportation, retail, financial and government. Lantronix is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in Europe, Asia and Japan. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.