Executive Management Team
Chairman of the Board
Patricia Sharma has guided Multi-Tech to its position as a world leader in cellular and analog modem products
and solutions. She took the helm in April 2007, succeeding her late husband, Dr. Raghu Sharma, founder of
Multi-Tech Systems. Her detailed vision and commitment to superior, consistent results, have placed the
company on a path for continued growth and innovation. Patricia Sharma built on the success of the quality
hardware offering and transitioned Multi-Tech into a more comprehensive solutions provider, working with
companies across many vertical markets to help them achieve the shortest path to connectivity. Through her
direction, Multi-Tech has capitalized on its deep technical knowledge to become uniquely positioned to solve
individual customer challenges. Her leadership has earned the company recognition from the Women's Business
Enterprise Council, designating Patricia as one of its top 30 business leaders. She was also recognized as a
"Woman to Watch" by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Most recently, Sharma was listed among
Connected World magazine's Women of M2M, which features female leaders who are major force in driving M2M
Chief Executive Officer
Rod Landers has an extensive track record of success in the M2M industry. Most notably, he founded Spectrum
Design Solutions in 2005, which was purchased by Digi International in 2008 for a total of $10 Million. With
nearly twenty years of experience in high tech and engineering, Landers holds three U.S. patents, as well as
extensive business relationships with some of the industry’s most important players. He served as an
advisory member of the Multi-Tech Systems board of directors before taking this leadership position.
Chief Operating Officer
Del Palacheck has more than 30 years experience in Operations Management at Multi-Tech. A member of the
Executive Leadership Team, he heads the manufacturing, materials and facility management departments. He
strives for quality and on-time delivery of products using Lean principles and a management approach that
emphasizes teamwork. Del’s educational background includes a degree in civil engineering from the University
of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and additional electronics training.
Chief Technology Officer
Scott Wilken has made a name for himself as a product development and technology executive with an extensive
background in M2M and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. Wilken comes to Multi-Tech from Logic PD, a
product innovation and realization services company, where he served as an engineering executive for 13
years and influenced the outcome of approximately 175 projects for 100 unique customers per year. His
expertise spans almost 20 years and multiple disciplines in all aspects of product development and product
realization, including electrical engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, test
engineering, manufacturing engineering and industrial design. Wilken earned his BSEE, Electrical &
Computer Engineering, from North Dakota State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Richardson has established an impressive track record as a financial executive. Before joining
Multi-Tech, he was CFO at Quadion Corporation for more than eight years, where he was part of the team that
sold the company for over $100 million in 2013. His expertise spans accounting, finance, strategy,
innovation, execution and business transformation initiatives. He is a creative and results-oriented leader
with a history of building engaged, high-performing teams, and strong relationships with investors, bankers,
auditors and the like. Bruce holds a CPA designation and earned an undergraduate degree in engineering from
West Point and an MBA from Wharton.
Executive Vice President
Matthew Raghu Sharma oversees strategic partnerships with tier one mobile network operators and manages joint
market ventures. He also spearheads an engineering team that focuses on technology innovation and product
strategy. Matthew serves on the Board of Directors for Multi-Tech Computers UK and holds a B.A. from
Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Jeff Davis oversees all aspects of the company’s research and development efforts. He joined Multi-Tech in
1981 as a test technician, moved on to tech support, and then became a development engineer and engineering
manager before his current leadership role. He helped Multi-Tech acquire 32 U.S. patents, as well as
multiple foreign patents. He is a graduate of Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.
Vice President of Software Engineering and Innovation
Dave leverages his experience in software and information systems to lead a team dedicated to introducing
new products to the market. Smith earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from
California State Polytechnic University and is working toward a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering.
Vice President of Sales
Dave Barczak has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and M2M industries. He spearheads
the entire sales department, including the M2M (machine-to-machine) communication, distribution channel and
Unified Communication teams. Dave holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and his Master’s degree
coursework at St. Mary’s University focused on Telecommunications Management.