30-Year Technology Veteran Joins Cradlepoint To Accelerate Cradlepoint’s Leadership in 4G Wireless Networking
Boise, ID July 8, 2014 – Cradlepoint, the global leader in 4G LTE wireless networking solutions for distributed enterprises, today announced the appointment of Ian Pennell as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Starting immediately, Pennell assumes responsibility for all facets of Cradlepoint’s global marketing, including product marketing, product management, demand generation, corporate communications, brand strategy, business development and customer support. Pennell, a 30-year industry veteran, will report directly to Cradlepoint’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, George Mulhern.
“Ian is an experienced and respected leader in the networking industry and I am very pleased he has decided to join Cradlepoint. He complements our customer-centric management team and has a proven ability to successfully drive competitive differentiation, customer satisfaction and business growth,” said Mulhern. “Ian’s knowledge of the networking industry will help to ensure that Cradlepoint continues to communicate and deliver value to our distributed enterprise customer base and build upon our strong reputation for being the leader in cloud-enabled enterprise wireless networking and analytics.”
Cradlepoint's delivery of cloud-managed wireless 3G/4G and LTE connections improves business continuity, security, and enhances network intelligence. Cradlepoint’s unique offerings have allowed it to accelerate growth within the enterprise networking environment and create real value for its growing worldwide customer base. A results-driven marketing leader, Pennell will leverage his successful track record and significant experience in steering rapidly growing technology companies to guide the strategic direction of the Cradlepoint marketing team.
“It is an exciting time to be working within the networking industry as the market migrates from wired to secure wireless networks to support the evolving connected experience,” said Pennell. "Cradlepoint’s technology innovation, reputation with the carrier community, and customer base loyalty positions it well as the leader in the market. I am looking forward to helping guide Cradlepoint into its next wave of growth and further differentiate it amongst the competition as we define the enterprise's use of 4G LTE in a secure and cloud-enabled manner.”
Pennell joins Cradlepoint after 30 years of working in the computer and networking industry. Previous to joining Cradlepoint, Pennell served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Small Business Group and as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cisco’s Enterprise Access Routing Technology Group. During Pennell’s tenure, he had P&L responsibility for multiple strategic market segments including Branch Office Routing, Dial Access and Small Business. Before Pennell’s leadership role at Cisco, he held a number of senior sales, marketing, and engineering positions across a variety of technology startups, and has been instrumental in the vision and development of some of the industry’s most successful solutions, including Cisco’s Integrated Service Routers.
Today’s appointment of Pennell builds upon Cradlepoint’s recent growth, including the opening of an EMEA headquarters in the United Kingdom and the appointment of Jim Lahey, Vice President and Managing Director of EMEA.
About Cradlepoint Cradlepoint is the global leader in cloud-managed 4G LTE networking solutions, providing business grade, secure connectivity to distributed enterprises. Specializing in business continuity, advanced edge routing, M2M, and primary connections, Cradlepoint's award-winning solutions are purpose built for PCI-compliant networks. Cradlepoint was the first to pioneer and fully enable high-speed LTE in its solutions to maximize the potential of the cloud for businesses worldwide. Cradlepoint is a privately held company in Boise, Idaho. Learn more at Cradlepoint.com or follow us on Twitter @Cradlepoint.