Board of Directors
The business culture and practices of Aviat Networks are built on a strong set of values that govern our relationships with customers, partners, employees, shareholders, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. These values include integrity in all business dealings, an exceptional customer focus and a dedication to innovation, consistent execution and teamwork in everything we do.
"Our board of directors is guided by these same principles. We are proud that we have an extremely well qualified, independent board of directors dedicated to protecting the interests of all our shareholders through strong governance and dedication to driving long-term value."
Chairman of the Board of Directors
John Mutch was appointed Chairman of the Board in February 2015 and has served as a director since January 2015. Mr. Mutch is the founder and managing partner of MV Advisors LLC, a strategic block investment firm which provides focused investment and strategic guidance to small and mid-cap technology companies. From October 2008 to January 2014, Mr. Mutch served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of BeyondTrust Software. Prior to founding MV Advisors, in March 2003, Mr. Mutch was appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy court to the Board of Directors of Peregrine Systems. He assisted that company in a bankruptcy work-out proceeding and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2003. Peregrine Systems was sold to HP in December 2005. Previous to running Peregrine Systems, Mr. Mutch served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of HNC Software, an enterprise analytics software provider. HNC Software was sold to FICO in August 2002. Before HNC Software, Mr. Mutch spent seven years at Microsoft Corporation in a variety of executive sales and marketing positions. Mr. Mutch previously served on the boards of Steel Excel, Inc., Rhythym One, Maxwell Technologies, Inc., Phoenix Technology, Edgar Online, Aspyra, Overland Storage and Brio Software. He has served as a director at Agilysys, Inc., a provider of information technology solutions since March 2009. Mr. Mutch holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Kenneth Kong has served as a director since November 2016. He is a Senior Vice President at Steel Partners, Ltd. ("Steel Partners"), a management and advisory company that provides management services to Steel Partners Holdings, L.P. and its affiliates. As an investment professional at Steel Partners, Mr. Kong sources and analyzes investment opportunities in publicly traded securities in a diverse number of industries. He is also Director of the Mergers and Acquisitions team at Steel Partners, focused on deal sourcing, due diligence and analysis. Since joining Steel Partners in 1997 as an investment analyst, Mr. Kong also performed in various key positions in managing investor relations, marketing and administration for Steel Partners II, L.P., Steel Partners Japan Strategic Fund, L.P. and Steel Partners China Access I, L.P. From 2006 to 2016, he managed Steel Partners China Access I, L.P., a private investment fund focused on investing in publicly listed state owned enterprises in the People's Republic of China. Mr. Kong currently serves as a Trustee of BNS Holding Liquidating Trust, Inc. He served as a Director of Ore Holdings, Inc. from 2010 to 2017. Additionally, he has served as a Director on several private companies. Mr. Kong holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bernard M Baruch City University of New York and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation in 2004.
Dahlia Loeb was appointed to the board of directors in May 2020. Ms. Loeb brings over two decades of investment and capital markets knowledge, and a wealth of experience with both public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, communications infrastructure, wireless and tech-enabled services. Ms. Loeb has been a managing director of Arcadia Investment Partners ("Arcadia"), an investment firm, since May 2016. Ms. Loeb is responsible for evaluating and overseeing investments across Arcadia's private equity, alternative fixed income, and real estate holdings. She has also been a managing partner at Reveille Capital Management, an investment firm, since February 2008, where she is responsible for overseeing investments across public equity, private equity, and venture capital. Before Arcadia, Ms. Loeb was a portfolio manager at Arrowgrass Capital Partners LLP, a hedge fund sponsor, and was a managing director and portfolio manager at Intrepid Capital Management, a hedge fund sponsor. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
John Quicke has served as a director since January 2015. Mr. Quicke was associated with Steel Partners and its affiliates from September 2005 to May 2018. In December 2015, he retired from Steel Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. (NYSE:SPLP), where he was a Managing Director and operating partner. From January 2016 to May 2019 he provided consulting services to a subsidiary of SPLP in its Energy Segment. Prior to joining Steel Partners, Mr. Quicke served in various capacities over 25 years at Sequa Corporation (NYSE:SQAA), a diversified manufacturer, including Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, President and COO , and as a director of the company (1993 to 2005). He served on the Board of Directors of Steel Excel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SXCL), from 2007-2016, and as its Interim President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2010 until March 2013. In March 2013 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Steel Excel’s Energy segment. Mr. Quicke served as a director of Rowan Companies, plc (NYSE:RDC), an offshore contract drilling company, from 2009-2019. From 2013-2015, he served as a director of JPS Industries, Inc (JPST). Mr. Quicke also previously served as a Vice President and a director of Handy & Harman Ltd. (HNH), director, President and Chief Executive Officer of DGT Holdings Corp. (DGTC), and as a director of Angelica Corporation (AGL), Layne Christensen Company (LAYN), and NOVT Corporation (NOVT). Mr. Quicke holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri of St. Louis. He started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. and is a former Certified Public Accountant.
Dr. James C. Stoffel has served as a director since January 2007. He also serves on the Board of Directors of PAR Technology as lead independent director and Compensation Committee Chair. In 2020, Dr. Stoffel began serving as a director of EZ Access MD. Dr. Stoffel served on the Board of Directors of Harris Corporation from 2003 to 2018. He served as General Partner of Trillium International, LLC, from 2006 to 2019, and is a senior advisor to other private equity companies. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Stoffel was Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer and Director of Research and Development of Eastman Kodak Company. He held this position from 2000 to April 2005. He joined Kodak in 1997 as Vice President and Director, Electronic Imaging Products Research and Development, and became Director of Research and Engineering in 1998. Prior to joining Kodak, he was with Xerox Corporation, where he began his career in 1972. His most recent position with Xerox was Vice President, Corporate Research and Technology. Dr. Stoffel is also a trustee of the George Eastman House museum. He serves on the IDEA Center advisory board at the University of Notre Dame and is an Emeritus Fellow of the IEEE. Dr. Stoffel holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and received his Master of Science and PhD from Syracuse University.
As Aviat’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Smith leads the advancement of the Company’s financial and operational performance, while strategically navigating through a rapidly evolving industry.
Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of leadership experience in business management and a proven track record of creating value for companies. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, US Windows and Canada for Jeld-Wen, where he had full profit and loss responsibility for Jeld-Wen’s $1B+ windows business, implementing lean manufacturing principles and strategic development programs to deliver growth and improved profitability. Prior to Jeld-Wen, he served as President of Polypore International’s Transportation and Industrial segment and oversaw transformative initiatives that helped prepare the former public company for sale to the Asahi Kasei Group. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Voltaix Inc., until its sale to Air Liquide.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Smith held various executive leadership positions at Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, including Cooper Industries, Dover Knowles Electronics and Honeywell Specialty Materials. In these roles, his responsibilities ran the gamut of operations, sales and marketing, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Smith also served on the board of Soleras Advanced Coatings from 2015 to 2018. He has both a Bachelor of Science degree in Material (Ceramics) Engineering and PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Rutgers University, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University.