MONTRÉAL, October 21, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HaiLa Technologies Inc., an ultra low power RF solutions company that is developing ultra low power IoT communication solutions, announces today that they have reached another important growth milestone with the appointment of Derek Kuhn as President & Chief Executive Officer.
Derek Kuhn is a high-tech executive with more than twenty years of international experience. He held senior executive roles with companies such as BlackBerry, QNX Software Systems and Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia). He was President of Industrial IoT leader Sciemetric, and has also advised multiple startups on their growth strategies.
Board Chair, Greg Allen, commented: "Derek is a results-driven leader whose major strengths include product management, business planning and sales. His experience covers both software and hardware product leadership; both of which are key parts of HaiLa’s future roadmap. Derek thrives on growing great teams and bringing new products to market and we are excited for him to bring these skills to HaiLa and its customers."
Derek’s immediate objectives will be focused on continuing development of HaiLa’s latest prototype Wi-Fi module, developing new customer relationships and continuing strategic hiring with a focus on design engineering and product marketing.
HaiLa founder and CIO, Charlotte Savage, commented: "We are all excited to have Derek on board, partnering with him to achieve our goals will accelerate our product development and growth plans. With Derek’s leadership and drawing from his deep product and customer leadership experience, we will deliver on our plan to have a sustainable solution addressing the significant power consumption problem in IoT Wi-Fi Sensors."
"I am thrilled to join Charlotte and the entire HaiLa team in bringing our ultra low power RF technology to market. HaiLa’s approach to this cleantech challenge is really exciting and will result in a material decrease in power consumption and reduction in use of non recyclable and rechargeable batteries alike," said Derek Kuhn.
Derek most recently served as an advisor to the CTO of Panasonic Automotive, an advisor to the CEO and Founder of machine learning and AI data analytics tools startup Acerta and as an advisor to embedded software solutions company Arcane Four. He was a "40 under Forty" award winner and is a registered Professional Engineer. Derek holds an Engineering degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.
About HaiLa Technologies Inc.
Founded in 2017 in Montreal, Canada, HaiLa is a fabless semiconductor start-up developing low power communication solutions for IoT devices over existing protocols like Wi-Fi. HaiLa scales IoT sustainably by redesigning the way data is transmitted, removing the need for battery maintenance and leveraging existing infrastructures. Current customers and partners are currently in the smart home & building automation space. HaiLa has also garnered interest in the industrial, agriculture, transportation and medical verticals. HaiLa has raised $3.7 USD in seed funding as well as $2.4M USD in non-dilutive financing from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
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