Australian wireless M2M equipment manufacturer, NetComm Wireless (ASX: NTC), has announced a restructure of its engineering group and the appointment of Sergio Berriz to the newly created position of senior vice president engineering, reporting to managing director and CEO David Stewart.
NetComm Wireless said it had restructured its engineering activities into two key areas to support the rapid growth of the business. These are product development that delivers products to customers and future technology that identifies, reviews, evaluates, designs and introduces future technologies.
Stewart said: “NetComm Wireless made the strategic decision to target growth opportunities and build new revenue with a focus on the expansion of R&D resources. With the rapid growth of our engineering team it has become necessary to further invest in the strategic direction of our technology. Sergio brings a wealth of leadership experience at scale and deep technical understanding that complements our existing engineering capabilities.”
Berriz will head the company’s product development activities including hardware platform development and software development with overall responsibility for all active project engineering activities encompassing engineering groups in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and the United States (Sunrise, Florida).
CTO Steve Collins will be in charge of future technologies and “play a significant role in positioning the company as a global communications technology leader,” NetComm Wireless said.
Berriz has 32 years of product management, design engineering, product development and high-volume mass production design experience. He is presently based in Florida, where he joined the company earlier this year as director of engineering, but will relocate to Sydney in early January 2017.
Prior to joining NetComm Wireless he held senior engineering execution roles in the USA with Research in Motion (Blackberry) for nine years, Freescale Semiconductor for eight years and Motorola for over 15 years.