Leadership

 

Paul Pickle
President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Pickle joined Lantronix as president and chief executive officer. Most recently, Mr. Pickle served as president and chief operating officer of Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor and system solutions, from November 2013 until Microsemi was acquired by Microchip Technology Inc. in May 2018. Prior to his position as president and chief operating officer, he served Microsemi as executive vice president, leading business operations of the company’s Integrated Circuits group, where he played an integral role in the planning, developing, and execution of Microsemi’s leading edge IC solutions for communications, industrial, aerospace, and defense/security markets. Mr. Pickle received his BSME, Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of South Florida – College of Engineering.


Jeremy Whitaker
Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy Whitaker has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since September 2011. Mr. Whitaker returned to Lantronix after serving briefly as Vice President, Corporate Controller at Mindspeed from January 2011 to September 2011. Prior to Mindspeed, Mr. Whitaker served as Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Lantronix from September 2010 to January 2011, where he was responsible for managing all worldwide finance and accounting functions. Mr. Whitaker also served as Lantronix’ Sr. Director of Finance and Accounting from February 2006 to September 2010 and its Director of Finance and Accounting from August 2005 to February 2006. Prior to August 2005, Mr. Whitaker held vice president and director level finance and accounting positions with two publicly-traded companies. Prior to that, Mr. Whitaker served as an Audit Manager during his six years at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Whitaker earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in accountancy, from University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.


Jonathan Shipman
Vice President, Strategy

Jonathan Shipman joined Lantronix in May 2019. Prior to joining Lantronix Jon had a tenured  career at Twitch (acquired by Amazon), YouTube, and eBay to name a few.  His responsibilities spanned global initiatives across infrastructure, procurement, engineering, product strategy, programmatic advertising, and emerging market content strategy where he built and scaled one of the world’s largest video networks.  Additionally, he lead the  reformation of the product and engineering organizaitons  into vertically integrated groups, emphasizing accountability and team empowerment along with building out network infrastructure and driving growth in emerging markets.


Fathi Hakam
Vice President, Engineering

Fathi Hakam joined Lantronix in August of 2018 and serves as our Vice President of Engineering. Prior to Lantronix, Mr. Hakam served as the interim Sr. Vice President of International Operations at Viewstream. Before joining Viewstream, Mr. Hakam spent 20+ years at a number of large companies such as Motorola and Kyocera Wireless in various engineering leadership roles.  Mr. Hakam has also been the founder of two technology companies in the networking and telecom segment.  Mr. Hakam holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Software Engineering degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Additionally, Mr. Hakam has been a professor at National University in San Diego, instructing undergraduate and graduate course of project management, six sigma and statistical process control.


Kevin Yoder
Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Kevin Yoder has served as our Vice President of Worldwide Sales since March 2016. Prior to joining Lantronix, Mr. Yoder served as vice president of sales for the Americas region at Avago Technologies (now Broadcom Limited), where he was responsible for driving more than $1.3 billion in annual revenues. Prior to joining Avago, Yoder was vice president of worldwide sales for XMOS, a start-up semiconductor company. Earlier, he held sales leadership positions at Analog Devices, Texas Instruments, and CoWare. Yoder holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from University of Notre Dame.

 


Michael A. Fink
Vice President, Operations

Michael Fink joined Lantronix in February of 2012. As Vice President of Operations, Fink is tasked with managing the company’s world-wide customer support, manufacturing, and supply chain operations. Fink brings 20 years of experience as a global technology operations professional. He comes to Lantronix from Inphi Corporation, where he served as Director of Operations for Networking and Communication products. Prior to Inphi, Fink was Executive Director of Product and Test Engineering at Sierra Monolithics where he was responsible for directing the company’s back-end engineering and manufacturing operations. Fink also served at Mindspeed Technologies as Executive Director of Product and Test Engineering. He has also held management positions at Peregrine Semiconductor and Analog Devices in Boston, Massachusetts.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and completed graduate work at Northeastern University in Boston in the Digital Communications field.


David Goren
Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs

David joined Lantronix in May 2019. Prior to joining Lantronix, David was part of the management team that grew Microsemi’s annual revenue from approximately $370 million to $2 billion. David played a key role in executing Microsemi’s acquisition strategy while building compliance programs and a legal department. David also led Microsemi’s successful intellectual property strategy.  David started his career in the semiconductor industry in 2002 as the General Counsel of PowerDsine, Ltd. He served in that role through PowerDsine’s initial revenue growth, IPO, and finally, the acquisition of the company by Microsemi. Prior to his corporate experience, David was a partner at Holland & Knight LLP specializing in Intellectual Property and Structured Finance.

David holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Duke University School of Law. 


Tom Morton
Vice President, Human Resources

Tom Morton joined Lantronix in September 2011. Prior to Lantronix, he spent two years as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Mindspeed Technologies (MSPD). He previously served as Mindspeed’s Vice President, Human Resources and also their Executive Director, Human Resources.

Morton has more than 30 years human resources experience in the technology industry, having held key HR positions at Cipher Data Products, Brooktree Corporation, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems and Conexant Systems, Inc.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University and graduated with honors.