Executive Leadership Team

Experienced management team with long-term industry experience, company tenure and a track record of innovation, delivery and performance.


Paul Arling

Chairman and CEO

Paul Arling joined UEI in 1996 as Chief Financial Officer. He was named CEO in 2000 and Chairman of UEI’s Board of Directors in 2001. Paul has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Bryan Hackworth

Senior Vice President and CFO

Bryan Hackworth joined UEI in 2004 as Corporate Controller and became Chief Financial Officer in 2006. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.


Ramzi Ammari

Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Strategy

Ramzi Ammari joined UEI in 1997. He is responsible for all aspects of product development and strategy. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering and Business from the University of California, Irvine.


Menno Koopmans

Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

Menno Koopmans joined UEI in 2005. Prior roles at UEI include Managing Director for EMEA, and leader of our Subscription Broadcast business in EMEA and our global Retail business. He received an MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.


Rick Carnifax

Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations

Rick Carnifax joined UEI in 2020. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Akron and a Masters in International Relations/Business.


Rick Firehammer

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Rick Firehammer has been General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at UEI since 1993. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law in California.


Norm Sheridan

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Dr. Norm Sheridan is responsible for product development at UEI. Prior to joining UEI in 2009, Norm was Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations at Zilog Electronics. Norm holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Microelectronics from Brunel University in London.


David Chong

Executive Vice President, Asia

David Chong is responsible for general management of operations in Asia. He joined UEI in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Global OEM and previously worked at Philips. 

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