Arecont Engineering Exec Exits / Replacement Appointed / Leaves Too

Arecont's VP of Engineering, Dr. Michael Korkin, has left the company. Outside of the 2 co-founders, Korkin was the longest tenured executive, starting in 2005. He is a co-inventor, with the CEO, of Arecont's patented multi-sensor network camera.

Arecont says he left to pursue other business interests and that they are seeking a new VP of Engineering with several strong candidates for the position.

[Update March 2014, Arecont has selected Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani. A researcher with a strong academic background, he has limited work experience and none in the surveillance industry. He evidently had been working at Arecont for a short period of time prior to his promotion to VP of Engineering.]


This is bad for Arecont. This guy is a brilliant engineer!

We asked Arecont: "How will this impact Arecont?

Their response: "We will be even stronger in delivering new, game changing technology to the market and development cycles will be reduced in 2014 and in the future."

Well at least they're optimistic.

Translation: brace yourselves for Megaballs 3

"At Arecont, Megaballs is not only a product line, but our way of life."

I take that as "This guy kept holding us back! He kept trying to inject logic into solutions! We all know logic has no role in sales!"

It sounds like he and the operations guy didn't see eye to eye and he drew the short straw. That's not usually a good sign, especially in such a competitive market. Although its tough to say without knowing the full story.

Hard to tell with these engineers. Some are like artists, just want to create and build for its own sake, without a demonstrated need, marketability or profitability as part of the equation. Other times they can be great guys with great ideas, sick of OPS and sales having them cook up another vanilla cost competitive offeriing just to compete in a given segment.

"left to pursue other business interests" is one of my favorite business euphemisms...

because it says nothing at all. :)

I sure hope he *left* them patents behind...

My ex-gal liked them euphemisms too, but she "left to pursue other romantic interests....."

I have come to truely enjoy the use of Arecont cameras at our facility, hope that Arecont stays strong and continues to deliver what the people are looking for.

I have grown to really like there versatility. I've performed many demos for clients with great results and happy customers. I hope this doesn't cause too many problems

Well the position is posted on their careers page.

Any takers?

May be the new VP will say hey a reset button what a novel thought!!!!

+1 Seth Thompson

My guess is that a reset button is not an engineering issue (super trivial to implement) but a product management / marketing one.

Update March 2014, Arecont has selected Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani. A researcher with a strong academic background, he has limited work experience and none in the surveillance industry. He evidently had been working at Arecont for a short period of time prior to his promotion to VP of Engineering.

Talk around the industry was that the 'several strong candidates' Arecont said they were pursuing was not very successful. As one noted, taking the job would be like 'marrying into the Kardashians.'

How is this scenario different then when lenel was gobbling up market share. Same type of engineering driven approach. Maybe they want to take a breather and let the sales and marketing channel catch up.

Can you clarify what you mean by 'take a breather'? Are Arecont's products just too good and innovative that they need to hold engineering back?

Update, the replacement VP of Engineering is gone already as well.

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