Mitch Klein moves from URC to Z-Wave Alliance
Longtime URC executive and former CEDIA President Mitch Klein is now the executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance.
"With over 20 years of leadership in the CE and smart home channels, Klein takes the leadership reigns at the Alliance at a pivotal point in Z-Wave's growth," said the group, which called Klein a "results-driven, hands-on industry leader."
"Mitch brings with him a significant amount of experience building programs, partnerships and growing categories within new markets," said Raoul Wijgergangs, VP for Z-Wave business unit for Sigma Designs and Alliance Board member. "As Z-Wave experiences massive growth and expansion into the smart home and still developing IoT markets, we will look to Mitch to work with the board and build a strategic plan that will take the ecosystem to the next level."
"I'm joining the Z-Wave Alliance at an exciting time for the organization and its member companies, with unprecedented growth predicted in the connected home and security markets," said Klein. "My job is to chart a course for the future, forging important partnerships and creating programs that allow Z-Wave to lead not just in products but in important initiatives around educating the consumer and ensuring smart homes are secure."
"I feel confident that with Mitch's leadership and our growth trajectory, Z-Wave will be a unifying ingredient in the leading smart home solutions for years to come," added Wijgergangs. "The Z-Wave ecosystem is today one of the most dominant in the smart home world and will continue to be as the concept of IoT takes over the home."