EMM vendor MobileIron hires IoT exec Barry Mainz as CEO


Enterprise mobility management vendor MobileIron has named former Wind River President Barry Mainz as its new CEO effective immediately. Mainz replaces founding CEO Bob Tinker, who will remain on the board of directors.

With experience leading Internet of Things software-focused Wind River, Mainz will bring on expertise that could see MobileIron pursue opportunities in that burgeoning space. The EMM company is well aware of the potential growth for IoT in the enterprise and the need for data security on connected devices.

"Really what we're all about is, if it's an enterprise device, it needs to be secured," said Clarissa Horowitz, a MobileIron spokeswoman, told FierceMobileIT. 

Horowitz would not say, however, whether hiring Mainz indicated a heavier focus for the company on IoT. MobileIron, she said, recognizes the potential use cases for embedded tech and will continue to examine the space as it becomes more mainstream.

Mainz's departure from Intel-owned Wind River took place at the end of December. Following that, Intel sent a memo to Wind River employees that the quasi-independent subsidiary would become a fully integrated arm of the company. An Intel spokeswoman maintained that the timing was a "crazy coincidence," and Horowitz said she had no information on whether Mainz's departure precipitated the reorganization or vice versa.

Of his new position, Mainz said that he is excited to build on the business.

"MobileIron is positioned to become the applications and security backbone for modern end-user computing," Mainz said in MobileIron's press release. "I have personal experience with the product and believe it is the best in the market."

Whether or not "modern end-user computing" for the enterprise will focus on the 26 billion connected IoT devices MobileIron itself expects by 2020 remains to be seen, though it's clear the company has its eyes on growth.

Tinker, who led MobileIron through its initial public offering in 2014, said that Mainz's experience in "growing global sales, building customer loyalty, driving operational excellence, and building great teams" were part of the reason behind the hire.

For more:
- read the press release from MobileIron

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