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Duane Paulson Named SVP of Nortek’s Linear LLC Group

20-year veteran in security, home automation and custom electronics is responsible for product development, marketing and business development for Linear security, PERS, CCTV, access control and more.


Duane Paulson, Linear LLC, a Nortek subsidiary.

Duane Paulson, a 20-year veteran in the home security, home automation and custom electronics industries, has joined Linear LLC as senior vice president, product and market development. Linear is a flagship brand in the Nortek portfolio, which also includes The AVC Group (Elan Home Systems, Niles Audio and Xantech), SpeakerCraft, Panamax/Furman, Gefen, Omnimount, LiteTouch and other prominent CE companies.

At Linear, Paulson will be responsible for technical services, marketing, and product and business development for several lines including security, CCTV, access control, garage door openers, PERS, structured wiring, wireless technology and related products.

Paulson reports to Linear president Mike O’Neal, with whom he served on the Consumer Electronics Association board.

For the past two decades, Paulson has served in executive product management, business development and marketing roles. He was vice president of marketing for ITI and its successor organization, Interlogix, and vice president of global residential marketing for GE Security after GE’s acquisition of Interlogix.

In 2005 Paulson co-founded Sequel Technologies, a provider of hybrid security systems primarily aimed at the residential integration market. Immediately prior to founding Sequel, Paulson served as President of Gibson Audio, the consumer electronics division of Gibson Guitar Corporation.

Paulson is a CEA TechHome Leadership Award recipient. In addition to serving on the CEA board, he has served on the board of the Security Industry Association (SIA).

Paulson is relocating from Minnesota to Carlsbad, Calif., headquarters of Linear and several other Nortek companies.

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News · Home Automation and Control · Control Systems · Security · People and Places · Nortek · Linear · · All topics

About the Author

Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

7 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Rob Robinson  on  02/09  at  09:42 AM

Congrats to both Nortek and Duane, they couldn’t have picked a nicer guy. Okay left-coasters, time to roll out that red carpet for Duane and our favorite editor!

Posted by Bob Heimbecker  on  02/09  at  09:55 AM


Let me know two things about this move of yours! 1) Does your new home have a guest/spare bedroom? 2) If you go to China, don’t forget your wingman! That would be me! All the best with this new opportunity, you edeserve it!


Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  02/09  at  11:21 AM

Suddenly Duane is making a lot of new friends seeking a haven-by-the-sea.

Posted by dkippy  on  02/09  at  02:43 PM

So Julie your coming to CA as well, right?

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  02/09  at  02:47 PM

Yup. Gotta wash away that Minnesota white, neighbor!

Posted by dkippy  on  02/09  at  02:53 PM

Welcome to the left coast. I love the country in MN but I think you’ll love the Carlsbad area for sure! This will make it easier to have lunch or dinner now. grin Congratulations to you both!

Posted by SecurityGuy  on  02/10  at  08:30 AM

Bob,  Just remember the mantra “what happens in China stays in China” - Duane

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