Gefen Announces Leadership Change

Founder Hagai Gefen Hands over Executive Direction to New Leadership Team

CHATSWORTH, CA - Gefen, LLC, today announced its founder, Hagai Gefen, has left the company to pursue other interests. Moving forward, Gefen will be led by Sean Burke, Group President, Nortek Technology Solutions group.


"This is a natural evolution that we have all been anticipating for some time now," said Burke. "We have worked very closely with Hagai and his executive team at Gefen to ensure a smooth and effective transition. Best of all, our new team is extremely excited about the opportunities to propel the Gefen business into the next generation of premium audio/visual solutions."

During his 25 year tenure with the company, Mr. Gefen became widely recognized for his first-to-market developments. These include being one of the first to implement connectivity solutions for the emerging DVI, HDMI and 3G-SDI formats as well as being among the first to bring reliable wireless high-definition video extension to market. He is also responsible for growing the company from a small, localized business into a multi-national signal management solutions company that was purchased by Nortek in 2006.

Today, Gefen encompasses several unique product lines including: the GefenTV line for professional quality home theater accessories; the Gefen ToolBox line of portable, wall-mounted solutions for system integration; and the GefenPRO line that offers value-added features for demanding professional industries.

As president of Gefen, Burke will work closely with the executive management team to guarantee that Gefen remains on the leading edge of new technologies and their applications. He is being joined by Kevin E. Weiss, Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development. Weiss brings more than 20 years of experience in developing and growing small, mid-size and large enterprise technology businesses, with a proven record of executing transformative strategies for new business growth.

"I'm looking to leverage assets among all the Technology Solutions brands within Nortek in the best possible way to meet a new and exciting future in this highly competitive professional market," added Weiss. "This is a great time to move the Gefen brand and business forward with total confidence in exceeding our company goals."

About Gefen, LLC

Gefen, LLC, a subsidiary within the Technology Solutions Group of Nortek, Inc. supplies a wide selection of signal switchers, splitters, extenders, scalers, converters, KVM, digital signage and home theater accessories that enable audio/video and computer systems to be easily integrated, extended, distributed and optimized to maximize performance. Continual product innovations ensure the company maintains its reputation as a reliable resource for installers and integrators. All products include lifetime support from technical representatives and engineers available for consultation. Detailed product information and news may be found at www.gefen.com.

About Nortek, Inc.

Nortek* is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. The Company's broad array of offerings includes audio/video and security solutions, digital display mounting solutions, ventilation products such as range hoods and bathroom fans, heating and cooling products, and air management systems. For further information, visit www.nortekinc.com.

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