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Key Moves in OC Executive Ranks

It’s a season of change for Orange County tech company leaders, ranging from chipmaker Syntiant Corp. to internet security firm SecureAuth Corp. and the rebranded Mobilitie, among others.

Upstart Syntiant, led by Chief Executive Kurt Busch and with more than $120 million in funds raised since its founding in 2017, said May 31 it had added four new members to its advisory board, bringing its ranks to 10.

The newcomers include Greg Fischer, a board member at Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a Camarillo-based provider of chips and high-tech services.

Meanwhile, Semtech itself is the next stop for Paul Pickle, who will become the company’s CEO this month after leaving computer components maker Lantronix Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) in Irvine.

Pickle is joining a much larger company; Semtech has a market cap of about $1.4 billion, while Lantronix’s market value is about $155 million.

A Lantronix spokesperson said “he is staying in Irvine” when asked whether Pickle will be relocating to Camarillo.

Of note, Busch previously served as the CEO and president of Lantronix, a provider of secure data access and management solutions for IoT and IT applications, prior to founding Syntiant.

Another addition to the Syntiant board is Magnus Egerstedt, the dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at University of California, Irvine (for more, see the June 5 print edition). Busch studied at the school on his way to a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1993.


Also in Irvine, vehicle tracking and management company CalAmp Corp. (Nasdaq: CAMP) said CEO Jeff Gardner will step down by Oct. 30, and it’s started a search for his successor.

Gardner was appointed CalAmp’s president and CEO almost three years ago, and last year faced a potential board shakeup. The company’s shares were trading at $1.78 apiece as of June 1, down from $7.30 apiece as of a year ago, giving it a valuation of about $77 million.

“During his tenure, the company’s leadership team has been strengthened, CalAmp has exited or monetized certain non-strategic businesses and the cost structure has been optimized,” the company said in a statement.

Mobilitie Rebrand

Major changes are also coming to Newport Beach telecom infrastructure giant Mobilitie, which is being rolled into a new global company, Boldyn Networks, by BAI Communications of Australia.

Christos Karmis, a longtime leader at Mobilitie, will stay on as CEO of the newly rebranded Boldyn Networks U.S. as of July 1.

The company has named a new U.S. leadership structure that takes effect on the same day.

Jason Caliento will stay on as chief commercial officer while Dana Tardelli will continue the role of chief operating officer, positions they have been holding at Mobilitie.

Victoria Lamberth has been appointed chief development officer – connected communities.

She has been serving as chief revenue officer at New York-based ZenFi Networks, a wireless infrastructure, 5G and ­Wi-Fi service provider that was acquired by BAI last year.

Joel MacMillan, who has been serving as chief financial officer for BAI’s U.K. and Europe business, will become CFO of Boldyn Networks U.S.

Kirstie Rickett has been appointed chief legal officer; she was previously with T-Mobile.


Cybersecurity provider SecureAuth in Irvine said May 24 that Vikram “Vik” ­Verma has joined the company as chairman of the board.

“Verma will be instrumental in providing guidance through SecureAuth’s next phase of growth,” the company said.

SecureAuth has raised over $200 million in funding.

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Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung
Sonia Chung joined the Orange County Business Journal in 2021 as their Marketing Creative Director. In her role she creates all visual content as it relates to the marketing needs for the sales and events teams. Her responsibilities include the creation of marketing materials for six annual corporate events, weekly print advertisements, sales flyers in correspondence to the editorial calendar, social media graphics, PowerPoint presentation decks, e-blasts, and maintains the online presence for Orange County Business Journal’s corporate events.

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