KastleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2nd CEO
WASHINGTON--After 35 years heading integration firm Kastle Systems International, chief executive officer Gene Samburg is handing over the reins to Piyush Sodha, a long-time associate of investor Mark Ein, who purchased Kastle last year.
Sodha was most recently head of Cibernet, a provider of solutions for the wireless industry, and previously led Matrics, an RFID manufacturer where Ein was a major investor and board member. He will now take over as chief executive officer and co-chairman at Kastle, with Ein and Samburg also serving as co-chairmen.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As excited as I was a year ago,Ã¢â‚¬Â said an enthused Ein, Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m even more excited today, both in terms of the industryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prospects and KastleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prospects within the industry ... We think we can create substantial growth and the most important decision we could make was to find the right leader for the long-term future of the company.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s almost a sense of dÃƒÂ©jÃƒÂ vuÃ¢â‚¬Â coming to the security industry with an RFID background, Sodha said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“People had closed solutions and they were looking for a uniform playing field where many people could play, and Matrics was a pioneer in bringing that vision to reality.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Kastle has recently adopted an IP-based platform for its customers, which are primarily commercial office buildings. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a platform for working with partners,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sodha said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“No company can build the best everything.
Ein said to look for Kastle to grow, expanding its geographic reach and into similar verticals, like government offices.