Nexkey Names Tech Veteran Amit Rele VP of Product

Formerly Product Head of WiFi Systems and Smart Speakers at Netgear, Rele will spearhead several major new product releases for Nexkey in 2020.

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Nexkey, an end-to-end provider of mobile access control solutions, announces it has appointed technology veteran Amit Rele as vice president of product to lead product management and product marketing.

The appointment, announced today at Upfront Summit, follows Nexkey’s $6 million Series A funding round led last year by Upfront Ventures.

Prior to joining Nexkey, Rele worked with a variety of consumer and enterprise technology companies, from startups to Fortune 500 companies like AT&T and IBM. Most recently, he was Product Head of WiFi Systems and Smart Speakers at Netgear, the networking multinational, where he scaled the Orbi Mesh WiFi product category.

His product lines won numerous awards from CNET, Forbes and PC Magazine, and were named to Time Magazine’s prestigious 50 Most Innovative Products of 2018 list, according to an announcement.

At Nexkey, Rele will spearhead several major new product releases in 2020, underpinning the company’s expansion into new geographies and market sectors. The new offerings will build upon Nexkey’s access control platform, a mobile solution that combines with Cloud-connected, universally compatible hardware that is said to turn any door smart, allowing companies to do away with physical keys and keycards.

Since closing its funding round in October 2019, the company has also aggressively expanded its manufacturing, software and sales teams.

“From the first time that Amit and I met, it was clear that his mission of simplifying people’s lives through technology aligned with Nexkey’s vision,” says Eric Trabold, Nexkey’s CEO. “We’re looking forward to working together towards a true keyless future and growing from a leading platform for SMBs towards Enterprise as a next step.”

Both Rele and Trabold are attending the Upfront Summit to discuss Nexkey’s product roadmap and meet with investors. The annual event hosts more than 1,000 top investors, entrepreneurs and leaders for an invitation-only event in Los Angeles.

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