Orange County Business Journal

Wescoat New CFO at Emulex

Jane Yu Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Costa Mesa-based Emulex Corp. has named Kyle Wescoat as its new chief financial officer in a continued restructuring effort.

Wescoat succeed Mike Rockenbach, who resigned at the end of last year after holding the post for about 16 years.

Emulex makes networking equipment used to connect servers and data centers. It’s among the largest computer products companies based in Orange County, with about 365 workers here. It has about 1,200 employees overall.

Wescoat has spent about 25 years as the finance chief at various companies, including Irvine-based consumer electronics maker Vizio Inc. and Cypress-based apparels company Vans Inc.

He most recently was the finance chief at Skullcandy Inc., a Park City, Utah-based designer and distributor of headphones and audio accessories. Skullcandy until recently had an office in San Clemente, where it employed about 30 workers. The company announced in June that it will close its OC office to consolidate its operations in Park City.

Wescoat, a Huntington Beach resident, is a member of the Hoag Hospital Irvine Advisory Board and chairman of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Healthcare Forum. He has served as audit committee chairman of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County executive committee.

Wescoat’s appointment comes as Emulex continues its restructuring initiatives, which have been ongoing throughout the past year or so, including management and board-level changes.

The company, for instance, promoted former Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Benck in July to the chief executive seat to replace Jim McCluney, who remains chairman and is expected to step down in coming weeks when his board term ends.

Emulex announced late last year it’s cutting about 10% of its workforce companywide, which would affect about 110 employees, and closing a plant in Massachusetts.