About Jens Wiegand (Chief Technology Officer)
Jens Wiegand is a recognized technology leader with wide experience in a variety of embedded technology markets. He joined Kontron in January 2014. Prior to that, he worked at Wind River in several senior management positions, overseeing strategically Industrial&Car, Aerospace&Defense and Communication verticals. He drove the incubation of IoT (internet of things) and M2M (machine to machine) investments and started new businesses at Wind River. He is also tightly connected to the North American embedded high-tech sector and M2M/IoT standardization bodies.
Further past Jens Wiegand joined Motorola as a result of Motorola’s acquisition of Force Computers. While at Force Computers, Jens Wiegand kept several management positions and headed up their Strategic Marketing, with responsibilities in the areas of strategic planning, portfolio planning and investment. Following a career which started at EADS (Airbus Defense & Space) and spans more than two decades in the high-tech industry, he was holding various management positions.
About Marcel van Helten ( Head of the Business Unit Industrial)
Since September 2013 Marcel van Helten is Head of the Business Unit Industrial. He spent over 25 years in the Industrial Automation and embedded computer business. He started out his career as one of the pioneers in the area of SCADA/HMI software and was one of the early innovators in the field of Manufacturing Executing Software.
Marcel van Helten joined Kontron from General Electric where he spent the last 15 years in a range of international roles, among others as Global Manager Infrastructure, China Marketing Leader and, most recently, as Managing Director Intelligent Platforms GmbH in Germany. He earned his Computer Engineering degree in Breda and his Business Administration degree in Rotterdam.
About Sven Freudenfeld (Business Development )
Sven Freudenfeld is responsible for Business Development for the Communications Business Unit at Kontron focusing on the cloud and telecom vertical markets that include the Symkloud, carrier grade rackmount server, and AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA and AdvancedMC product lines. Sven possess more than 15 years experience in voice, data, and wireless communications, having worked extensively with Nortel Networks in Systems Engineering, Sanmina-SCI in Test Engineering, and Deutsche Telekom in Network engineering. He previously held the position as President of the Communication Platform Trade Association and is currently an active member of PICMG’s xTCA marketing work group. Sven holds an electrical Engineering degree from Germany.
About Jack London (Product Portfolio and Business Development Manager)
Jack London is the Product Portfolio and Business Development Manager, Standard products for Kontron America’s Industrial Business Unit located in Poway (San Diego), CA. With more than twenty years of experience in the semiconductor and embedded computing markets, Jack has served in management positions in sales and marketing with industry leaders including NEC and RadiSys and holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his spare time Jack enjoys boating with his family in and around the San Diego coastline.
Topics: Mobility, Security
About Stefan Eberhardt (Software Product Manager)
Before joining Kontron as Software Product Manager in spring 2014, Stefan Eberhardt led the KES department of Aumüller GmbH for more than five years. Prior to this, he was employed at Oracle Germany in the Server Technologies Competence Center. He gained additional experience in the computing & engineering field while working at Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
About Mehmet Oezer (Solutions Architect, SYSGO AG)
As a Solutions Architect at SYSGO AG, Mehmet Oezer is responsible for providing software architecture solutions to customers with functional safety requirement in the railway, medical and industrial automation market. His projects involve software solutions that are required to meet the EN 50128 (railway), the ISO 62304 (medical) and EN 61508 (industrial) safety standards. He is also involved with custom security solutions for devices that guard against security attacks. He studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt/Germany and has obtained a diploma degree in 1993. His first employment was about an RTOS, since that time he had remained faithful to the embedded market.
About Satish Ram (Business Line Manager Transportation)
Satish is currently responsible for the Transportation Business Line for Kontron in North America. Previously, he was responsible for M2M and Digital Signage product lines for Kontron, PaaS product management for HP public cloud and the platform product management lead at Qualcomm. He has a passion for technology solutions converging wireless, mobility, internet and cloud services to improve the quality of life. Satish has Master’s degrees in Engineering and Business Administration.
Topics: Connectivity, Mobility
About Claus Giebert (Portfolio Manager)
Claus started to be an electronics developer in a medical company in 1995. After many years in hardware design he changed to product Management in Kontron. He was the responsible product manager for the M2M and OPS/DSEK product family in EMEA. He was portfolio manager responsible for Kontron's Infotainment Business Line in EMEA. Claus has a passion for technology that makes the lives of people better and easier. He has degrees in Engineering called “Diplom-Ingenieur Univ. Elektrotechnik” in Germany.In his spare time he enjoys travelling with his wife preferred on cruise ships.
Claus left Kontron in January 2016.
Topics: Mobility, Security
About Vincent Chuffart (Portfolio Manager)
Vincent has over 25 years experience in computer software and hardware development. This includes various generations of embedded computers over four eras of silicon architectures. As ‘Embedded Computing Expert’ for the Thales Group, he led various projects in the embedded domain then moved to product management for Thales Computers. He now leads the portfolio management for Kontron's Avionics, Transportation and Defense Business Unit.
Topics: Data & Analytics, Embedded
About Peter Matz (Marketing)
Peter oversees the marketing of the telecom and cloud platform solutions designed or supported by the Kontron Communications Business Unit, based in Montreal, Canada. With more than 20 years in marketing and publishing, Peter has worked extensively for various software and network equipment hardware firms to market solutions to the ISP, VSAT, TEM/NEP, carrier, CSP, and enterprise segments.
About Maria Hansson (Product Manager)
Maria is the Product Manager for the Industrial Business Unit for Kontron in North America. The Industrial Business Unit includes products for Medical, Industrial Automation and Infotainment. Her focus is primarily products targeting the Medical Industry and Oil & Gas. Maria holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Lund University, Sweden.
Topics: Connectivity, Data & Analytics
About Benoit Robert (Business Development )
Benoit Robert has recently been made responsible for North America Business Development for the Communications Business Unit at Kontron. He spent the previous 17 years as its Executive Director, Product Management, managing the product lifecycles, gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, and defining product vision. Benoit specializes in cloud infrastructure and communications Technologies.
About Amanda Holdan-Sinisi (Product Marketing Manager)
Amanda Holdan is the Product Marketing Manager for Standard Products at Kontron, with an additional focus on IoT.
After serving 13 years at Cisco in the Bay Area as Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager for routing, switching and security, Amanda ventured to Germany. Between Kontron and Cisco, Amanda performed marketing consulting and was a Product Manager at an IT distributor in Munich. Amanda has a Master’s Degree in Communication from The University of Louisiana, Monroe.
About Günther Dumsky (Global Product Line Manager)
Günther Dumsky was the global Product Line Manager for 19" Rack Mount Systems at Kontron. He started at Kontron 1990 in R&D as a solution architect. After building up the system department at Board AG for 3 years he came back to Kontron in 1999 as Director System and Boards, responsible for the product line Rack Mount Systems as Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager.Günther has degrees as electrical engineer. In 2015, Günther left Kontron.
In his spare time he prefers travelling to Asia and cruising with the Trike.
Topics: Connectivity, Embedded
About Martin Unverdorben (Product Manager)
After his degree in electronic engineering Martin worked as a technical trainer in the telecommunication market before he joined Kontron as a Field Application Engineer. Today he is Product Manager for SMARC and also explains customers how to use and how to design in computer-on-modules in regular trainings. In his spare time he follows the maker culture, likes social media and enjoys paragliding the mountains.
About Daniela Hoffmann (Guest Blogger)
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.orgDaniela Hoffmann lives and works as a free specialized journalist in Berlin.
Since her computer science and German studies at the Free University Berlin, she writes for IT and business magazines. Her articles appear amongst others in magazines like "Computer Week", "automotiveIT", "business impact" and "IT Director".
About Lindsay Lawlor (Guest Blogger)
Lindsay was born in San Diego in 1964. Starting at about age 6, he worked with motors and electronics, taking apart every toy he had, and sometimes the household appliances, and slowly learned the ways of electronics and mechanical things all on his own. By the time he graduated high school, he was working on his own cars and motorcycles, often for his friends too. Years went by and he found himself working for a local fire alarm company, doing low voltage work with camera and card access systems as well.
But something was missing. In 1998 he attended his first Burning Man festival and by 2005, knew he had to build something that would satisfy his need to get back to working on things like he used to when he was riding motocross bikes in the 80’s. So, he created the electric giraffe, which was greeted with huge amounts of praise and enthusiasm from everyone who saw it. By 2008 he knew he had to take it to the next level, and with help from various sponsors, Lindsay fashioned the giraffe into a full fledged professional project, with an excellent programmer, Russell Pinnington in the UK coming on board to lend his expertise in the field of robotic intelligence and design. Today Lindsay and his friend Russell have managed to take the giraffe to new levels, and gain such attention that he and the giraffe were recently invited to the White House itself, and met the President of the United States, who actually petted the giraffe and got to hear him speak.
Lindsay and his robotic giraffe currently live out in Ramona, where he has a huge workshop full of machines and parts he’s gathered over the years.
About Martin Farjah (Guest Blogger)
After his M.A. degree in Media Sciences at the university of Braunschweig Martin Farjah started an editorial training at the publishing house “Verlag & freie Medien” in Lüneburg. He was responsible for the magazine “RFID im Blick” and special issues about contactless technologies and different IT topics. As a free editor he worked also for a city magazine in Wolfsburg and finally found his actual job at the PR agency Profil Marketing. Now he is taking care for B2B customers and is still taking care for editorial articles.
About RJ McLaren (Systems Architect)
RJ McLaren is a Systems Architect for Kontron Avionics, Transportation & Defense Business Unit, and has over 15 years of experience in the electronic manufacturing industry. His particular focus is explaining technology trends and their use to help guide customers in the early stages of product development using application ready, standards based product solutions. RJ brings together customer needs and market trends to help develop Kontron’s ruggedized systems product roadmap and technology for next generation solutions. He has authored and presented technology training materials and whitepapers at various industry tradeshows and events. RJ has worked previously as the Systems Architect, Systems Product Manager and Communications Segment Manager for Schroff NA. Other roles have included Systems Project Engineer, Program Manager and Application Engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from NNU.
About Klaus Hjorth (VP, Head of Global R&D Service and Maintenance)
Klaus Hjorth has more than twenty-nine years of professional experience in the telecommunication industry leading software/hardware development and technical service functions delivering products in complex OEM and embedded environments. He now leads the Kontron Global R&D Service and Maintenance department.
Topics: Technical Service Function
About Sarah Kamrau (Guest Blogger)
After her degree in IT law, Sarah Kamrau worked as a PR consultant at Profil Marketing where she was responsible for large and middle-range clients from IT, telecommunications and automotive industries. Today she is working as a freelance copyrighter for PR and marketing and advises clients in Online-Media.
Topics: IT, Marketing
About Nigel Parker (Guest Blogger)
Based in the UK, Nigel's career spans over thirty years in journalism and communications, mostly in the B2B high technology, telecom and industrial sectors. His experience includes directing and managing international Public Relations accounts for large corporate organisations including Alcatel, Continental Tyres, Telefonica and ZF Group, to SME and start up technology providers involved in data networking, security, storage, Big Data and the Internet of Things.
About Valentin Scinteie (Business Development Manager Transportation)
Valentin is a Senior Transportation Manager who has demonstrated the ability to lead cross-functional teams of professionals to new levels of success, in both small and large size organizations and in a variety of highly competitive industries and fast-paced market environments. After more than 20 years in the rail and security industries with Alstom Transport and Genetec respectively, Valentin joined his current employer Kontron Transportation in 2014. Valentin holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, and an MBA degree in International Business from l'École des hautes études commerciales (HEC), Montreal. In his current position, Valentin is responsible for product market alignment and business development of the Kontron rail onboard and trackside IoT (Internet of Things) ready solutions.
About Ilijana Vavan (VP Internet of Things)
Ilijana Vavan is Vice President Internet of Things at Kontron and is responsible for providing leadership for the overall strategy and management of IoT, including business development, sales, go to market strategy and services. Before joining Kontron in January 2016, Ilijana served as the VP Sales and Business Development at Saba Software for EMEA. Before that she was responsible for strategic and operational leadership of Juniper Networks Enterprise Sales organization in 26 countries of South and Eastern Europe, including Russia, Turkey and Israel. For years prior to that she worked in a variety of progressively challenging management roles for 20 years including Executive Vice President Europe at Kaspersky Lab; Director Solution Sales Eastern Europe at Microsoft and many others. Ilijana holds Master Degree of Computer Science from the University of Twente, the Netherlands.
About Magnus Reibenspiess (Business Line Manager Medical)
Magnus Reibenspiess spent his career in several management functions in Sales, Product and Business management within industry leading Medical device manufacturers. Within Kontron he now leads the Business Line Medical.
About Günter Deisenhofer (Manager of HMI Product Portfolio)
Günther Deisenhofer started his carreer in mechanical and System engineering and moved on into project and program management functions with leading embedded technology enterprises. He has a lot of experience in industrial platforms and customer projects in Industrial Automation. Within Kontron he now manages the HMI product portfolio.
Topic: Industrial Automation