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Linksys Names Harry Dewhirst to CEO as Company Sets its Eyes on the Enterprise
Dewhirst, a seasoned entrepreneur, previously co-founded Amobee, an advertising technology business that SingTel purchased for $321 million in 2012. He was also the president of Blis, a premier location data analytics company that experienced significant global expansion under his guidance.
FREMONT, CA: Linksys, a world pioneer in home and commercial Wi-Fi solutions, has appointed Harry Dewhirst as CEO, starting immediately. Dewhirst assumes the position after serving as vice president of product and commercial development for the company. Dewhirst provides a lot of entrepreneurial expertise as well as a strong track record of leading firms in investments, mergers and acquisitions.
"Linksys is taking a deeper dive into its roots as an innovative wireless technology while forging a new pathway to deliver enterprise-grade connectivity and security solutions for the new era of remote working and learning," stated Harry Dewhirst, CEO, Linksys. "I look forward to accelerating the growth of the company as it embarks on this exciting journey to optimize the management of home and business networks and redefine itself as a new organization with a rich heritage in networking."
Dewhirst, a seasoned entrepreneur, previously co-founded Amobee, an advertising technology business that SingTel purchased for $321 million in 2012. He was also the president of Blis, a premier location data analytics company that experienced significant global expansion under his guidance. Earlier in his career, Dewhirst established the boutique venture capital fund Ballpark Ventures, which has invested in over 40 early-stage technology businesses, generating market-leading returns for investors.
Linksys has been on a path toward independence since its merger with Foxconn Interconnect Technology (HK: 6088) in 2018. With the recent strategic agreement with Fortinet, which included a $75 million investment in Linksys, the two businesses have joined forces to provide remote workers with connection, enterprise-grade security, and unrivaled service quality. Rob Atherton, Fortinet's vice president of corporate development, has been nominated to the Linksys board of directors as well. Atherton, a seasoned executive with over twenty years of experience driving organic and inorganic growth in networking and security companies, is expected to assist lead the company's enterprise growth and go-to-market strategy. Chet Pipkin has also been appointed to the position of chairman of the board.