Peggy Smedley, Industry Analyst Blogs on MultiTech's New CEO

Oftentimes change can mean good things for delivering new products and of a new imaginativeness for the future as it relates to development partners and other objectives. Perhaps that is what’s in store for MultiTech Systems,, now that Stefan Lindvall has taken the reins and has been appointed to the position of CEO at the company. This news comes following the sudden departure of Rod Landers this past week.

Lindvall had served as president of Connected Development, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MultiTech. During the past five years at Connected Development, Lindvall has worked to build the wireless design services company where he has been extremely successful. Prior to that he served as president of the Americas at Wavecom and held leadership positions at Sony-Ericsson and Ericsson. Lindvall steered Connected Development to be #85 on the CW 100 while many other company execs could only aspire to have his strong engineering shrewdness

When Landers had taken the helm at MultiTech in November 2013, he had struggled to live up to all the hype for invigorating employees and partners with his new vision. Part of the new vision included improving customer service/channel focus, increasing its global presence, and modifying current products and introducing some new ones. Rumors abounded that he stumbled in getting products out the door which he had espoused when he walked in the door with his goal to have an “experimentation culture,” as he put it. Landers actually replaced Patricia Sharma who had only taken the reigns after the unexpected passing of her husband Raghu in 2007. Sharma still serves as CEO of the company.

With the addition of Lindvall to the corporate management team, the company is positioning itself for the rapid growth of M2M/IoT and connected devices. In fact, Lindvall admits he is very bullish about the future of MultiTech and with good reason. He knows how to develop companies and he knows how to bring products to market. And that’s a winning combination.

With depth and breadth of knowledge of the space, Lindvall says he will help continue to position MultiTech as a major player in the M2M and IoT marketplace. Late last year, MultiTech Systems announced a number of new products, partnerships, and a new go-to-market approach to generate new demand, accelerate growth, and expand its share of the M2M market. Included was the launch of the MultiConnect Conduit and MultiConnect Dragonfly. Time will tell just what Lindvall will be able to achieve, but if his past is any proof what he can achieve, MultiTech’s future looks very bright.

Read Peggy's blog here