|By Business Wire||
|January 7, 2014 09:13 AM EST||
Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the next step in its transformation with the appointment of Kyle B. Wescoat as Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately. In addition, Wescoat has also assumed the role of Emulex Treasurer. Wescoat comes to Emulex with more than 25 years of CFO experience in a variety of well-regarded private and public companies, including Orange County companies VIZIO, VANS, and most recently, Skullcandy. In his many financial executive roles at such a diverse group of companies, he has demonstrated the ability to act as a change agent, bringing increased financial discipline and best practices, as well as strategic insight, to his previous teams.
The Company plans to leverage his proven leadership and extensive financial management experience to bring fresh ideas to the team and implement additional fiscal management processes that will help improve return on investment (ROI) on new and current product lines. While Emulex is already a leader in the enterprise networking segment, Wescoat’s experience in building strong brand recognition for top consumer brands such as VIZIO, VANS and Skullcandy, as well as his familiarity with cost and profit management in the high volume, low margin end of the consumer electronics business, will benefit Emulex in the rapidly evolving business and customer base transition that is already underway.
“Kyle brings with him strong leadership, teamwork and communication skills and I believe he has the right combination of strategic insight and solid financial execution experience needed to help us continue our transformation,” said Jeff Benck, president and CEO, Emulex. “I look forward to working with Kyle on transforming our position with current and new investors, improving our financial performance and building a stronger and more diversified Company focused on growing shareholder value.”
“I want to thank Jeff and the Board for the opportunity to join Emulex at this exciting and important time in its history,” said Kyle Wescoat, SVP and CFO, Emulex. “Emulex is a proven market leader and innovator, and is well positioned to adapt and take advantage of changing technology demands in the market segments we serve. I look forward to partnering with Jeff and the Emulex team as we continue to execute against both our recent restructuring initiatives as well as our longer-term strategic objectives.”
Wescoat holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Wescoat resides in Huntington Beach, California and is active in the Orange County community. He is a member of the Hoag Hospital Irvine Advisory Board, Chairman of the Hoag Hospital Foundation Healthcare Forum and is a past Treasurer, Audit Committee Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County. His charitable engagements align well with Emulex’s value system, which includes active community involvement.
Benck concluded, “Lastly, we want to thank Mike Rockenbach, our former CFO, again for his contributions to Emulex over his long tenure with the Company and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, provides hardware and software solutions for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government and telecommunications. Emulex products enable unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization and acceleration. The Company's I/O connectivity offerings, including its line of ultra high-performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products, have been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NetApp and Oracle, and can be found in the data centers of nearly all of the Fortune 1000. Emulex monitoring and management solutions, including its portfolio of network visibility and recording products, provide organizations with complete network performance management at speeds up to 100Gb Ethernet. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif.
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The assumptions on which the cost savings, share repurchase and capital return goals and expectations are based necessarily involve judgments with respect to, among other things, economic, competitive and financial market conditions and the impact of the cost savings initiative on our customers, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Further factors include whether changes to the membership of our board of directors will have the desired effect in helping us achieve and implement our business and strategic goals. These factors also include the possibility that we may not realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Endace Limited (Endace) on a timely basis or at all, and may be unable to integrate the technology, operations and personnel of Endace into our existing operations in a timely and efficient manner. 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Such potential risks include continuing expenses of litigation, loss of patent rights, monetary damages, injunctions against the sale of products incorporating the technology in question, counterclaims, attorneys' fees, incremental costs associated with product or component redesigns, liabilities to customers under reimbursement agreements or contractual indemnification provisions, and diversion of management's attention from other business matters. With respect to the continuing Broadcom litigation, such potential risks also include the adequacy of any sunset period to make design changes, the ability to implement any design changes, the availability of customer resources to complete any re-qualification or re-testing that may be needed, the ability to maintain favorable working relationships with Emulex suppliers of serializer/deserializer (SerDes) modules, and the ability to obtain a settlement which does not put us at a competitive disadvantage. In addition, the fact that the economy generally, and the technology and storage market segments specifically, have been in a state of uncertainty makes it difficult to determine if past experience is a good guide to the future and makes it impossible to determine if markets will grow or shrink in the short term. Continued weakness in domestic and worldwide macro-economic conditions, related disruptions in world credit and equity markets, and the resulting economic uncertainty for our customers, as well as the storage and converged networking market as a whole, has and could continue to adversely affect our revenues and results of operations. As a result of these uncertainties, we are unable to predict our future results with any accuracy. Other factors affecting these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the following: faster than anticipated declines in the storage networking market, slower than expected growth of the converged networking market or the failure of our Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers to successfully incorporate our products into their systems; our dependence on a limited number of customers and the effects of the loss of, decrease in or delays of orders by any such customers, or the failure of such customers to make timely payments; the emergence of new or stronger competitors as a result of consolidation movements in the market; the timing and market acceptance of our products or our OEM customers' new or enhanced products; costs associated with entry into new areas of the network, server and storage technology markets; the variability in the level of our backlog and the variable and seasonal procurement patterns of our customers; any inadequacy of our intellectual property protection and the costs of actual or potential third-party claims of infringement and any related indemnity obligations or adverse judgments; the effect of any actual or potential unsolicited offers to acquire us; proxy contests or the activities of activist investors; impairment charges, including but not limited to goodwill and intangible assets; changes in tax rates or legislation; the effects of acquisitions; the effects of terrorist activities, natural disasters, and any resulting disruption in our supply chain or customer purchasing patterns or any other resulting economic or political instability; the highly competitive nature of the markets for our products as well as pricing pressures that may result from such competitive conditions; the effects of changes in our business model to separately charge for software; the effect of rapid migration of customers towards newer, lower cost product platforms; transitions from board or box level to application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) solutions for selected applications; a shift in unit product mix from higher-end to lower-end or mezzanine card products; a faster than anticipated decrease in the average unit selling prices or an increase in the manufactured cost of our products; delays in product development; our reliance on third-party suppliers and subcontractors for components and assembly; our ability to attract and retain key technical personnel; our ability to benefit from our research and development activities; our dependence on international sales and internationally produced products; changes in accounting standards; and any resulting regulatory changes on our business. These and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements and are discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, under the caption “Risk Factors.”
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