Nortek Names Sean Burke President of Home Technology Segment
Sean Burke will lead Nortek’s A/V and home automation brands including SpeakerCraft, Niles, Elan, Panamax, Gefen, Linear and Xantech.
Some of the most iconic brands in the home technology industry will now be led by Sean Burke, the recently appointed group president, Technology Products Segment, for Nortek Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK).
Filling a position vacated by long-time group president Grant Rummell, who retired this year, Burke will oversee several leading home-technology brands in the audio, video, home automation, HVAC, security and related categories.
They include Nortek subsidiaries Elan Home Systems, Niles Audio and Xantech (collectively, The AVC Group), as well as Gefen, Linear, Omnimount, Panamax/Furman, SpeakerCraft and others.
Burke comes to Nortek from the OEM supplier Flextronics International, where he served as president of the company’s FlexComputing division. Previously, he held executive roles at Iomega and Compaq.
Burke’s appointment follows closely the arrival of another key executive—Michael J. Clarke, who replaces Richard Bready as CEO of Nortek. Bready retired after 36 years at the helm.
Nortek, which recently began trading on Nasdaq (NTK) after a storied on-again/off-again relationship with Wall Street, has revenues of about $2 billion per year. It emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009.
In the custom electronics industry, Nortek has been in the news late for its acquisition of the mount manufacturer Ergotron (to merge with Omnimount) and the divestiture of lighting-controls manufacturer LiteTouch (sold to Savant Systems).
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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