Vaughan Emery, Founder of both CENTRI and Atonomi, will focus on strategic initiatives to help build Atonomi into a global leader in device identity and trust
Seattle, Washington — August 8, 2018 —
Atonomi, the blockchain-based arm of leading IoT security provider CENTRI Technology, has announced the appointment of seasoned technology and business leader Robert “Rob” Strickland to the role of CEO for both companies. Strickland brings more than 30 years of experience in driving innovation and growth of top companies, including serving as Chief Technical Officer of Cricket Wireless (Leap) when it was purchased by AT&T in March 2014 and serving as Chief Information Officer of T-Mobile USA. Strickland has also served as the longest member of the Atonomi and CENTRI Board of Directors.
CENTRI Founder and Atonomi Co-founder Vaughan Emery will move into the role of Founder & Evangelist of Atonomi. He will focus on building global partnerships and user communities to drive the vision of Atonomi as the leading provider of device identity and trust.
CEO Robert Strickland said: “It’s with great pride that I accept the lead role at CENTRI and Atonomi; the latter becoming internationally recognized as a pioneer in the blockchain and IoT space. Under the direction of Vaughan Emery, Atonomi has made tremendous strides toward achieving its mission to reimagine the future of identity and trust for the IoT. I am confident that my decades of experience leading top brands have well equipped me to propel Atonomi to the next level of success and I look forward to driving our product delivery, partnerships, and customer adoption of the Atonomi Network.”
Vaughan Emery said: “Now is the right time to ask long-time colleague and the longest-serving member of our Board of Directors to join the executive team and help build the company into a global leader in cybersecurity technologies focused on the IoT. Rob’s collective experience makes him the best possible choice to ensure that we remain on this trajectory. It’s wonderful for the company that I will now be able to focus my time evagelizing the vision of Atonomi around the world as we become the core infrastructure for the IoT.”
Robert Strickland has held a number of high-profile C-level roles in leading technology companies. He recently led technology strategy for numerous companies as CTO, including Neustar and Grupo Televisa (Mexico City). He provides executive leadership as President/COO to Text+, an emerging communications company in the MVNO market. Strickland also advises several other blockchain companies, including Tesspay.io and KeyDok. Strickland previously served as Senior Vice President and CIO at T-Mobile USA from 2006-2010, as well as CIO for Echostar/Dish Network, Senior Vice President and CIO of Continental Cablevision, and CTO for Landmark Communications (former owner of the Weather Channel). He has also held a number of business positions at Apple, Harvard Business School, Stratus Computers, Honeywell International, and several venture capital-backed startups across the United States.
Strickland’s most recent startup M37 Ventures, Inc. is a coalition of executive leaders, industry experts, and entrepreneurs who help global organizations understand and harness the power of technology to propel their businesses and brands today and into the future. Under his leadership, Strickland and several expert consultants serviced top industry brands Hortonworks, SAP, Neustar, Sumo Logic, CR-X (Australia), CallGate (S. Korea), WeDo Technologies (Portugal), Tata Consultancy Services, Clickfox, Razorsight, Xavient, Convene, and Lightspeed, among others.
Strickland is a Board Director at Rady Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees IT Task Force, CENTRI Technology, Text+, and Ocearch. In addition, he serves on several customer advisory boards including Afiniti, Neustar, SAP - Independent Executive Advisory Board, WeFi, and Clickfox.
CEO Robert Strickland is available to interview
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