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 has served on the Board of Directors of Steel Excel Inc since 2007. From October 2008 to January 2014 Mr. Mutch served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of BeyondTrust Software. In addition, 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, since December 2005. 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, since July 1997. 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 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 B.S. in Economics from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Kenneth Kong, age 42, 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 a member 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 BNS Holding Liquidating Trust, Inc. since 2012 and as a Director of Ore Holdings, Inc. since October 2010. Additionally, he has served as a Director on several private companies.
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.Networks.
John Quicke has served on the Board of Directors of Steel Excel, Inc. since 2007 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 Steel Energy segment. Mr. Quicke is a Managing Director and operating partner of Steel Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. Mr. Quicke has been associated with Steel Partners and its affiliates since September 2005. Previously, Mr. Quicke served in various capacities at Sequa Corporation, a diversified manufacturer, including Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, President, and as a director of the company. Mr. Quicke has served as a director of Rowan Companies, plc, an offshore contract drilling company, since January 2009. He has served as a director of JPS Industries, Inc. since May 2013. Mr. Quicke also continues to serve as a Vice President of Handy & Harman Ltd, a position he has held since October 2005. Mr. Quicke previously served as a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of DGT Holdings Corp. and as a director of Angelica Corporation, Layne Christensen Company, NOVT Corporation, and Handy & Harman Ltd.
Dr. James C. Stoffel currently serves as our lead independent director. Presently, Dr. Stoffel is on the Board of Directors of Harris Corporation, of which he has been a member since August 2003, and is also a member of its Finance Committee and the Management Development and Compensation Committee. Additionally, he serves as an Executive Partner of Trillium Group, LLC 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 Advisory Board for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Notre Dame and is a member of the advisory board of the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute, Hong Kong.
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.