Meru Networks hires new CEO

By Joseph F. Kovar on Mar 22, 2012 12:51 PM
Filed under Communications

Brings on former Intel exec.

Virtual wireless networking technology developer Meru Networks has appointed Bami Bastani as president and CEO.

The position became vacant in October when the former president and CEO, Ihab Abu-Hakima, announced his intent to leave the company.

Abu-Hakima said at the time that it was time to "transition to a new CEO to drive the company to the next level."

Bastani, who will begin as CEO immediately, most recently served as president and CEO of Trident Microsystems, a developer of digital television and entertainment chips and set top boxes. Bastani also previously served as chairman and CEO of B2 Global Consulting and as president and CEO of communications semiconductor developer Anadigics, and held executive positions in Fujitsu Microelectronics, National Semiconductor, and Intel.

At Meru, Bastani will focus on developing next-generation virtualised wireless LAN solutions in order to capture a large share of the multibillion dollar wireless networking market.

Meru went public in 2010, but has seen its stock price fall from a 52-week high of $US22.19 in March last year to a low of $3.16 in December, only to gradually recover somewhat to its Wednesday close of $4.62, up 1 cent over Tuesday's close.

As of January, Meru had 6,000 customers in 56 countries around the world for its virtual wireless networking technology based on its System Director OS, an operating system that monitors wireless networks to enable thousands of devices and applications to access network resources.

The company also offers network management, security, and guest management capabilities, and provides a series of access point, controller, and appliance hardware to support virtualised wireless LANs.

Meru earlier this month unveiled several additions to its wireless LAN portfolio, including low-cost wired and wireless access points for remote or mobile workers as well as a line of virtual wireless controls for use on-premise, in VMware-centric virtualised environments, or in subscription-based hosted applications.

Barry A. Newman, vice chairman of Meru's board of directors and a member of the company's CEO search team, said in a statement that the company was looking for an executive who could take advantage of a fast-growing market.

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Bastani to Meru. He was chosen for his distinguished track record of executive leadership in both public and private companies as well as his proven ability to build highly effective organisations. Dr. Bastani has demonstrated an ability to drive shareholder value in competitive market segments and he brings experience driving technology excellence and global growth," Newman said.

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