Z-Wave Alliance Appoints New Executive Director

Industry veteran Mitchell Klein arrives with more than 20 years of leadership in the CE and smart home channels.

FREMONT, Calif. – The Z-Wave Alliance announces long-time Universal Remote Control (URC) executive and CEDIA board member Mitchell Klein as its new executive director. Klein joins the Alliance after more than eight years as a senior team member at URC, helping to transform the company from a remote control manufacturer to a smart home integration system supplier for the consumer electronics pro space.

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Following an extensive search throughout the consumer electronics and smart home industries, the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors selected Klein to fill the newly created executive director post. As CEO and founder of one of the top grossing and influential home tech integration companies, Klein has played a pivotal role in growing the custom electronics installer channel and has been involved in smart home long before it was a household concept, according to a press release.

Klein has served in several roles in the CEDIA network, most notably as its president from 1997-’99 and is currently chairman of the professional development committee. Klein has been recognized with 22 industry awards including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 CEPro Quest for Quality Platinum Award Winner for Best Training, and the 2003 Dealer of the Year – CEA/TechHome Mark of Excellence Award.

“I’m joining the Z-Wave Alliance at an exciting time for the organization and its member companies, with unprecedented growth predicted in the connected home and security markets,” says Klein. “My job is to chart a course for the future, forging important partnerships and creating programs that allow Z-Wave to lead not just in products but in important initiatives around educating the consumer and ensuring smart homes are secure.”

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