Benck is a seasoned leader with over 30 years of experience in the technology sector. He most recently served as president and CEO of Lantronix, a global provider of secure data access and management solutions for industrial IoT, where he drove significant growth through a focus on operational execution and product innovation. Under his leadership, the company's profitability more than doubled and market capitalization more than tripled, delivering significant shareholder value.
"Jeff is an outstanding leader with a proven track record of success in the technology industry," said David Scheible, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "Over the last several months, the Board conducted a thorough and thoughtful search process, and the Board is confident that he is the right person to lead Benchmark towards the full achievement of our strategy. Jeff brings proven leadership and operational skills to the team with a distinct understanding of the opportunities ahead, and his expertise in IoT is particularly relevant as we transition to a 5G world. We are excited to begin working with him as we continue to transform the business to create long-term value for all stakeholders."
Scheible added, "I would like to once again thank Paul for his contributions to Benchmark. He has been an invaluable part of the company during his tenure as a Board Member and later stepping into the CEO role. Paul's vision and drive have strengthened the foundations of Benchmark, and he leaves the company more resilient and well-positioned to achieve our strategy and long-term business goals."
"The last two years have been an incredibly rewarding time in my career and I'm grateful for the support of our board, management and all of our employees as we worked together to reposition the company for growth," said Tufano. "Benchmark is in capable hands and on a clear path, and I'm looking forward to working with Jeff and the leadership team on a seamless transition."
"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Benchmark and to begin working with its outstanding leadership team and talented organization of professionals," said Benck. "There are tremendous opportunities ahead given the company's engineering, technology, and manufacturing platforms, and I'm looking forward to leading its next stage of growth. Together with the team, I am confident that we can continue to set the standards for excellence and drive innovation in the industry for our customers, employees, and shareholders."