Embedded computing standard setter Dirk Finstel joins ADLINK after serving 12 years with top competitor.
ADLINK Technology, Inc., a trusted global source of embedded building blocks and application-ready platforms, today announced new leadership for its global business unit with the addition of Dirk Finstel as Executive Vice President of MCPS and CEO of ADLINK´s European headquarters, Lippert ADLINK Technology GmbH in Mannheim, Germany. He brings over 22 years of experience in embedded computing, with a strong background in computer-on-module technologies and application-ready platforms. The appointment of Dirk Finstel is a major milestone for ADLINK to aim for the top ranks in the embedded computing market.
"Dirk's track record in this industry is amazing and he has been successful for more than two decades”, said Jim Liu, CEO of ADLINK Technology. "His experience in running global units in engineering and product management and his focus on customers will be a significant contribution to our business here at ADLINK."
Dirk will manage and supervise the operations of Lippert ADLINK Technology GmbH and the Global Module Computing Product Segment. He has been a major driving force creating industry standards including COM Express and SMARC. Dirk obtained his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering & Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before joining ADLINK, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of Kontron AG, and previously held a variety of executive level positions within Kontron, including: CEO Sales & Marketing, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Global Research & Engineering. Dirk has more than 20 years of in-depth experience in the embedded computer technology field.
According to numbers released by VDC Research, ADLINK Technology achieved the second highest PC/104 market share with its acquisition of German company LiPPERT Embedded Computers GmbH earlier this year, which followed ADLINK's major push into the modular computing segment with the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc., in 2008.
ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include PCI Express-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, and computer-on-modules (COMs) for industrial computing. With the acquisition of Ampro Computers, Inc. and LiPPERT Embedded Computers GmbH, ADLINK also provides a wide range of rugged by design Extreme Rugged™ and Rugged product lines including single board computers, COMs and systems.
ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, the US, and Germany; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices.
ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-13485 and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel® Intelligent System Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance, an Executive Member of PC/104 Consortium, and a
Strategic Member of the AXIe Consortium. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange (stock code: 6166).