The Board of Directors of ClearOne, Inc. (NASD: CLRO) today announced the termination of its chief executive officer, Zee Hakimoglu, and the appointment of Derek Graham, Senior Vice President of Research & Development, as the interim CEO.
ClearOne is a global provider of solutions enabling conferencing, collaboration and network streaming systems supporting home office and commercial installations.
Hakimoglu, having spent a 19-year career at ClearOne, started in 2003 as VP of Product Line Management. In 2004, she became president, CEO and chairman.
In February 2022, Eric Robinson, then director of ClearOne since July 2015, was appointed by ClearOne’s Board of Directors to serve as chairman of the Board, a position Hakimoglu previously held.
“Derek Graham joined ClearOne in 2003 and has overseen the development and introduction of multiple generations of ClearOne products and has authored patents critical to ClearOne’s success. I am confident that Derek will bring fresh perspectives to the challenges faced by ClearOne, energize our employees, and connect with our partners with trust and care,” said Robinson, chairman of ClearOne.
“I am pleased to be entrusted with this opportunity and thank our Board of Directors for their confidence in me. I have no doubt that ClearOne will overcome the current challenges with the combined strength of our team, products and solutions, intellectual property, brand value, and channel relationships,” adds Graham.
According to the company, Graham will enjoy the support of the core management team which consists of the following members:
Narsi Narayanan, chief financial officer, who has been with the company since 2009 will continue to lead Finance, Manufacturing Operations, Partner Support, and Information Technology teams.
Ketan Merchant, vice president of Video Technologies, with the company since 2015 will continue to lead Video Engineering, Technical Support, and Marketing teams.
David Lambert, vice president of Audio Technologies, at ClearOne since 1986, will continue to lead the Audio Engineering team.
David Wang, vice president of Sales for APAC, who joined the company in 2004, will continue to lead the Asia Pacific Sales team.
Grifiths Zachariah, vice president of Sales for Europe, Middle East, India, Africa and Oceania, who has been with ClearOne since 2011 will continue to lead the respective sales teams.
Jim Mergens, promoted to vice president of Sales for Americas, who has been with ClearOne since 2003.