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Control4 Names Martin Plaehn President & Chief Executive Officer
Former CEO Will West moves to Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer
Salt Lake City, UT – September 29, 2011 1:00 PM ET – Control4, a leader in affordable IP-based home control systems, announced today that it has appointed Martin Plaehn as its President and CEO. A seasoned business and technology executive, Plaehn will provide leadership for Control4 in continuing to deliver industry-leading products, drive business and technology strategies, and improve operating excellence for ongoing growth. Plaehn brings to Control4 a passion for product innovation, exceptional customer experience, and operating discipline to drive market success for both Control4 and its channel partners.
“Since Control4’s debut in March 2003, we have been steadfast in our vision to deliver best-of-class home automation solutions and drive relationships that enhance both the dealer and customer experience,” stated Control4 Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Will West. “Under Martin’s leadership, Control4 will continue to push the envelope in innovation and accelerate growth for the company and the automation market.”
“Control4’s business potential is still expanding based on the solid foundation that Will and his team have created,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4’s incoming President & CEO. “I am looking forward to working with our dealers and strategic partners to continue to create and deliver great products and services, as well as provide excellent value and responsiveness to our customers.”
Throughout his 30-year career, Plaehn has held numerous executive management and CEO positions, bringing to Control4 a powerful blend of technical depth, operational focus and business expertise to lead business and product strategy, as well as day-to-day operations. Before joining Control4, Plaehn was SVP of Product & Service Development at RealNetworks. Prior to that, he served as CEO at Bungee Labs, an early leader in the Cloud Computing and Platform-as-a-Service industry. He also served as CEO of Viewpoint Digital, the leading creator and licensor of premium 3D digital content for digital animators.
Effective immediately, Will West will move into the role of Chairman of the Board and Chief Strategy Officer, supporting the management team and evangelizing the Control4 product line and technology, particularly with strategic partners.
With approximately 2,000 dealers in North America, distribution in more than 70 countries, new product development underway, and strategic agreements in place, Control4 is well equipped under Plaehn’s leadership to continue to embrace the exciting opportunities ahead and deliver more great value to consumers, strategic partners, and stakeholders.
“We’ve always operated our business under the philosophy that our success is tied to the success of our channel partners. Martin’s experience will help us further extend our commitment to the custom home channel by pushing Control4 to create new, innovative and reliable products for our customers, drive new business opportunities and enhance the ways we provide customer and channel support to the market,” concluded West.
For more information visit www.control4.com.
Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control over consumer electronics products, appliances and networking systems through an easy-to-use and intuitive software interface. Founded in 2003, the company delivers affordable automation of lighting, music, video, thermostat, security, and energy management systems through more than 2,000 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 70 countries. With the most intelligent, open and affordable control solution on the market, Control4 is the platform of choice for major consumer electronics companies, residential homes, hotels, businesses and utilities that require an intelligent, open and affordable control solution. For more information visit www.control4.com.
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