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Leadership Team

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Joe Miketo

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations

Joe Miketo joined UEI in 2008. He left UEI in 2014 and returned in January 2019 to lead all global manufacturing and operations. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana.

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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.

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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.

Banley Chan - Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Asia

Banley Chan joined UEI in 2010. He has been in the electronics manufacturing industry for over 35 years including seven years as Electronic Design Engineer at Universal Appliance Ltd., 10 years as Factory Manager at Wisetronics Ltd., and eight years as Chief Operating Officer at CG Development/Gemstar Technology (China) Co. Ltd.


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. 


Stephen L. Gutman - Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Subscription Broadcast

Stephen Gutman joined UEI in 2000 as Sales Manager, Subscription Broadcast for the Eastern United States. In 2008, he became Senior Director of Sales and advanced to Vice President of Sales for Subscription Broadcast, North America in 2010.


Arsham Hatambeiki - Senior Vice President, Product and Technology

Arsham Hatambeiki is responsible for developing and overseeing technology and product groups across home entertainment and IOT markets. He joined UEI in 2004 as a Lead System Architect for home connectivity. In 2008 he became Director of Advanced Technology.


Joseph L. Haughawout - Senior Vice President, Product Development

Lee Haughawout joined UEI in 1994 while working on his undergraduate degree. He worked as a technical support supervisor and product trainer before moving into Applications Engineering. After holding various managerial roles, he became Vice President of Program Management in 2009. 


Jonathan Hooker - Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Retail

Jonathan Hooker joined UEI in 2006 as National Account Manager in the United Kingdom for UEI's consumer brand One For All. In 2007 he became Senior European Account Manager and advanced to Sales Director for the United Kingdom in 2009. In 2014, he became Vice President responsible for global One For All business.  


Michael Koch - Senior Vice President, Finance

Michael Koch joined UEI in 2004 as Director of Finance. In 2007 he became Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. He was named Senior Vice President of Finance in 2019.  


Michael Lamb - President, Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc. 

Michael Lamb founded Street Smart Security and sold it to Honeywell in 2002. He then founded Secure Wireless and Advanced Bridging Technologies which he sold to Nortek in 2008. In 2012 he founded Ecolink Intelligent Technology and sold it to UEI in 2015. 


Hrag Ohannessian - Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Home Automation, Security and Hospitality

Hrag Ohannessian joined UEI in 1997 as an Application Engineer for the OEM Sales group. In 1999, he became an OEM Sales Manager to grow the OEM business in the Eastern U.S. He advanced to Vice President of Sales, Subscription Broadcast, OEM Americas in 2010. He was named to his current role in 2019.