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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

At UEI we value our employees, their growth and diverse backgrounds. We believe that diversity brings strength, and that all our talent should have equal opportunity for personal growth and career advancement independent of ethnicity, gender, orientation, or religion.

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Essie Pagan

Vice President, Global HR

Essie has been with UEI for five years and has been instrumental in developing and deploying world-class programs around employee benefits and employee development.

"I am dedicated to a team of brilliant minds who help UEI maintain its status as ‘worldwide leader in universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home,’ additionally, I strive to keep diversity and inclusion a top-of-mind goal for UEI"

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Kristin Cazarez

Vice President, Corporate Controller

Kristin Cazarez joined UEI in 2004 as a Senior Accountant and has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the organization. In June 2019 she was named VP, Corporate Controller. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

"UEI has provided a clear path of growth and development for me, and I can proudly say that becoming a VP recently was made possible by great mentors at UEI."

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Rex Xu

Director of Designovation - Global Design Team

Rex has been with UEI for 17 years. Rex started as a user interface designer for Nevo advanced remotes and smart hubs and grew into the design leadership role 10 years ago.

"With the support of amazing colleagues, we built the global Designovation team to accelerate innovation through design. Today, I’m proud of the meaningful work our team is doing to bring deep user insights, great aesthetics, and inherent sustainability to exciting new products enjoyed by consumers around the world."

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Rafael Alvarez

Director, Supply Chain, Americas

Rafael Alvarez joined UEI in 2015.

"Universal Electronics has proven to be the right company to work for; great working environment and full of professional opportunities with a great work environment, full of challenges and support from senior management and peers"

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Monica Aleman

Manager, Applications Engineering

Monica joined UEI as a Senior Applications Engineer and was promoted to Manager of North America’s Applications Engineering team.

"My team is my top accomplishment at UEI. Their growth, hard work, and dedication to our customers and products make me so proud. I have also worked with some great teams on products with aggressive schedules including Sling Android Remote Control Unit and technology-driven projects such as the Apple Remote. The culture and environment at UEI is full of smart, talented, and diverse individuals. I’m constantly learning, not just about UEI products and technology, but about the people that make up UEI."

 

Monica recently featured in Minority Engineering Magazine

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Karen Carpenter

Sales Director

Karen joined UEI as a National Account Manager in 2017, with many years in Consumer Electronics experience.

"In 2019, I was promoted to Sales Director for UK & Ireland. I could not be more proud of my team and what we have achieved together. The working culture at UEI is ambitious and challenging, yet fun, friendly and supportive."

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Sergio Zara

America Sourcing / Procurement Director

Sergio Zara, Procurement Director, has been at UEI for three years. Sergio has transformed the Purchasing department into the current day Sourcing America Organization, “This achievement has been done with the support from our VP Staff.

We were able to form/build and sustain a sourcing team that oversees Direct, Indirect & Service activities; formed from a holistic perspective: Cost,  on-time deliveries, quality, engineering support, innovation, and risk management. What I like at UEI is its vision of innovation about its technology on device signal-wireless solutions and being an industry leader on this technology; we have hundreds of patents that provide strong value-add to our customers.”