David Vaughn, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Vaughn brings over 20 years of senior executive experience in precision guidance and agri-business to AgJunction. His roles include executive-level positions with Topcon Positioning Systems Inc., NovAtel Inc., Magellan and Trimble Navigation Limited. He has served on the board of directors for a number of technology corporations and has extensive professional experience in the high tech sector, including serving in an executive capacity with Apple Inc. and Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Vaughn holds an MBA in Operations Research and a BS in Electronics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Mike Manning, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Manning joins AgJunction from Unitech Holdings where he served as Chief Financial Officer and was responsible for the company’s overall financial operations, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, treasury, financial reporting, and information technology. Previously, Mr. Manning was employed at ASSA ABLOY’s Global Technologies Division where he served as Global Chief Financial Officer of the division’s Hospitality business unit. In addition, Mr. Manning served first as Chief Financial Officer and then as President of the US Legal Entities of Cargotec Holding, Inc. Mr. Manning holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of South Florida, and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Mark Bittner, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Customer Care
With over 30 years of sales management experience, Mark Bittner brings much to the AgJunction team. Mr. Bittner has served in executive roles at Novariant, Topcon, Tierra S.p.A, Proxim Wireless, At Road, and has held other leadership roles at Trimble and ExxonMobil. Mr. Bittner holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix as well as a BS in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University.
Husam Kal, Senior Vice President of Global Operations
Mr. Kal brings in over 25 years of supply chain, operations and engineering experience, including executive roles at Novariant and Tria, as well as influential leadership roles at Trimble, Proxim, Lucent Technologies, and Hypercom. Mr. Kal holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix as well as a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.
M. Brett McMickell, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Product Development
Dr. McMickell joins AgJunction from Honeywell Aerospace where me most recently served as Senior Director of Engineering in charge of Actuation Systems. He brings experience from leading electrical, software, and mechanical system development. He was awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Lawrence Sperry Award for his achievement in the advancement of small satellite technology, Dr. McMickell holds an MBA in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He received his MS and PhD in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.
Jeff Morris, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
With over 20 years of marketing experience, holding senior positions with Microsoft, Symantec and AutoZone. Most recently, Mr. Morris served as Trimble's senior director of marketing and product management. Mr. Morris also founded Pacific Marketing Partners, where for seven years he and his team managed large-scale marketing campaigns for accounts such as Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Amazon, Mercedes Benz and Toyota. His skills include international experience acquired while serving as Microsoft OEM division manager, where he was responsible for Asia Pacific, Africa and India. Mr. Morris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Computer Science from Seattle Pacific.
Bob Barjesteh, Vice President M&A, I.P. and General Counsel
Bob Barjesteh joined the AgJunction team in January 2016 as VP of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Intellectual Property (IP) and General Counsel (U.S.). Mr. Barjesteh was most recently the Managing Director-Chief Legal Officer at ClaroVia Technologies LLC., a specialty intellectual property and corporate transaction advisory firm. As managing director at ClaroVia, he was responsible for providing advisory services to clients - including Novariant which was acquired by AgJunction in October 2015 - on IP monetization, strategic alliances, M&A and other complex corporate transactions. Over the past twenty years Mr. Barjesteh held executive and management positions at ClaroVia, 3M Company, and Arthur Andersen LLP. He has accumulated extensive experience identifying and evaluating business opportunities for technology licensing, strategic alliances and other complex corporate transactions.
Karen Beckett, Director of Human Resources
Ms. Beckett provides human resource functional leadership with over 20 years of progressive personnel management, culture building, and administrative experience from both public and private companies. Ms. Beckett joined Hemisphere GPS in 2004 where she led human resource management as well as US facility safety programs. Previously, she held the position of Facility Human Resources and Safety Manager with Northwest Pipe Company. Ms. Beckett holds her Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.
Jonathan W. Ladd, Senior Strategic Advisor
Mr. Ladd has over 35 years of senior management experience in the GPS/GNSS and the wireless industries. Mr. Ladd was Senior Advisor to the CEO and a Board Member at Novariant until its merger with AgJunction Inc. Mr. Ladd’s past board positions include; Trusted Positioning Inc., Nexteq Navigation, RF Monolithics and Hemisphere GNSS Inc. Mr. Ladd’s past executive positions include; CEO and Chairman of Brilliant Telecommunications prior to its sale to Juniper Networks and President and CEO of NovAtel Inc. prior to its sale to Hexagon AB. Mr. Ladd had held past executive positions at Thales Navigation, Magellan Inc. and Ashtech Inc. Mr. Ladd received a B.S. with distinction in Surveying Engineering from the University of Maine and is a member of Tau Beta Pi.