Inc., the technology leader in next-generation
wireless mesh networking, announced the appointment of Cisco veteran
John McCool as president and CEO. McCool comes to Firetide™ from Cisco,
where he was CTO and SVP of Cisco's Global Enterprise Segment and led
the "borderless networks" initiative, which accounted for one-third of
Cisco's $46 billion sales in fiscal 2012.
John McCool joins Firetide as CEO. He brings deep technology expertise and proven ability to scale a global network business. (Photo: Business Wire)
In addition to his deep technical knowledge, McCool brings expertise in
leadership and channel sales, acquired during 17 years of successfully
developing new networking businesses for Cisco. He joins Firetide just
as the company is experiencing exploding demand for its advanced
wireless networking technology, which can be used in applications
ranging from video surveillance to the emerging sensor-based networks
known as the "Internet of Things."
Before joining Cisco, McCool led product evelopment teams at SynOptics,
NeXT Computer and Advanced Micro Devices. He has been active in creating
industry standards, playing a key role in the development of
10/100BASE-T and FDDI technologies, and holds five patents in the field.
"The demand to connect advanced sensors, control equipment and video to
the Internet in industrial environments is surging," said John McCool,
CEO of Firetide. "This represents a rare opportunity for any company
that can lead in delivering next-generation mesh networks that provide
high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity to both fixed and mobile
assets. I think Firetide is that company."
"John understands how to build and scale a global business, and he
brings a dynamic blend of management experience and technology depth. We
are delighted to have John lead Firetide as we enter this period of
expanding market opportunity and business growth," said Andy Ludwick, a
Firetide board member.
McCool will join the Firetide board
of directors, which includes H. DuBose Montgomery, founder of Menlo
Ventures; Duane Zitzner, former EVP of the Personal Systems Group at
Hewlett Packard; Andy Ludwick, co-founder of SynOptics and former CEO of
Bay Networks; Bo Hedfords, former EVP of Motorola and president of its
global wireless infrastructure business; and Christopher Smith, director
with Coral Group, a venture investment group.
Firetide targets high-growth government, commercial and industrial
Wireless mesh network infrastructure supports video surveillance,
mobility, wireless backhaul offload and process automation for
applications such as public safety, transportation and smart grid.
Unique to Firetide's solution is its patented AutoMesh™
technology, which enables businesses, governments and industrial
customers to view live, high-bandwidth video feeds reliably, securely
and with low latency.
Firetide, headquartered in Los Gatos, California, has more than 10,000
customers in 40 countries around the globe, including Seoul Metropolitan
Rapid Transit, the City of Chicago and the world's
longest wireless mesh network at the Thailand Royal Irrigation
Department. Last month, the Atlanta
Police Department deployed a Firetide wireless mesh video
surveillance network to help control vehicle traffic and protect more
than 500,000 fans during the 2013 NCAA Final Four basketball tournaments.
About Firetide Inc.
Firetide is the leading provider of next-generation wireless mesh
networks for municipal, public safety, government, transportation and
industrial customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.firetide.com
or follow Firetide at @firetide.
Firetide and AutoMesh are trademarks of Firetide Inc. All other company
and product names are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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