Leadership

Michael Burdiek*

President & Chief Executive Officer

 

Michael Burdiek is president, chief executive officer and board of director at CalAmp and has held the positions since 2011. Burdiek is a recognized M2M and IoT pioneer. He has led the company’s rapid growth as the market leader in advanced telematics and IoT innovation and spearheaded several strategic acquisitions. As a senior executive at CalAmp since 2006, he also served as president and chief operating officer, president of CalAmp's Wireless DataCom segment and joined the company as executive vice president.

Before joining CalAmp, Burdiek was president and CEO of Telenetics Corporation, a manufacturer of data communications products. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Comarco Inc.'s Wireless Test Systems unit and held a variety of technical and general management positions at Comarco. Burdiek began his career as a design engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Fullerton, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University.

Carl Burrow

Senior Vice President of Global Sales

 

Carl Burrow joined CalAmp in 2015 and currently serves as senior vice president of global sales. Burrow directs the global sales organization and is responsible for overseeing the sales growth of CalAmp’s telematics systems.

Burrow brings more than 30 years of technology experience to CalAmp, with proficiency in building and leading teams focused on sales, marketing and business development, for companies ranging in size from early-stage to multi-billion dollar revenue. Prior to joining CalAmp, Burrow served as corporate vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Peregrine Semiconductor where he successfully managed a large global sales force responsible for over $200M in revenue in the high-performance RF, mobile and IoT technologies. Prior to Peregrine, Burrow served as corporate vice president of field operations for Magma Design, a $140M enterprise software company. Burrow also held key sales and marketing roles at companies such as Texas Instruments, Actel Corporation and Synopsys.

Burrow holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a master’s degree in business administration Amberton University.

Steve Moran

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

 

Steve Moran is senior vice president and general counsel and oversees CalAmp’s global legal affairs and compliance. In 2013 he joined CalAmp as the vice president of legal affairs and was elevated to vice president and general counsel in 2015.

With more than 18 years of experience as a general counsel in both public and private global high-tech companies, Moran has built and led legal teams dedicated to pragmatically assisting companies in successfully achieving their business goals and strategies.

Moran joined CalAmp from Beachbody, LLC, and previously served as the general counsel for Globus Medical, Inc. (NYSE: GMED). Earlier in his career, Moran served as executive vice president, general counsel & secretary, and executive vice president of human capital, for Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI). Prior to that, he was vice president, general counsel & secretary, and vice president of human resources & administration, for Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. He was also the vice president, general counsel & secretary, and vice president of human resources, for Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL). Before joining Intersil, Moran was vice president and general counsel for Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. Moran began his in-house legal career with ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) where he served in increasingly responsible positions before being appointed general counsel of ITT Cannon.

Moran holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice law in California, Colorado, and the District of Columbia. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army and later as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Garo Sarkissian*

Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

 

Garo Sarkissian joined CalAmp in 2005 and currently serves as senior vice president of corporate development. Sarkissian’s responsibilities include mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, intellectual property and strategic initiatives. Since joining CalAmp, Sarkissian has executed key acquisitions that formed the nexus of CalAmp’s Wireless DataCom segment. He also helped to develop CalAmp’s IP capture initiatives and IP defense strategies.

Prior to joining CalAmp, Sarkissian served as principal and vice president of business development for Global Technology Investments, a private equity firm, from 2003 to 2005.

From 1999 to 2003, he held senior management and business development roles at California Eastern Laboratories, a private company developing and marketing radio frequency, microwave and optical components.

Sarkissian began his career as an RF engineer in 1988 and developed state-of-the-art RF power products over a span of 10 years for M/A Com and NEC.

Sarkissian holds a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine; and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Justin Schmid

Senior Vice President and General Manager

 

Justin Schmid currently serves as senior vice president and general manager of telematics systems. In 2012 he joined the company as the senior vice president, marketing and business development and was appointed senior vice president and general manager of telematics systems in 2016. Schmid oversees the telematics systems business and is focused on advancing CalAmp’s connected vehicle strategy.

With more than 25 years of experience in high tech industries, including 17 years in commercial wireless M2M and data communications markets, Schmid has built and led teams focused on sales, marketing, business development, product management, corporate development, strategy, product development, program management and systems engineering.

Prior to joining CalAmp, Schmid served as vice president of sales and marketing at Xirgo Technologies where he developed and implemented a successful channel and partner strategy for the high-growth start-up.

Earlier in his career, Schmid led marketing, product management and business development for a start-up, AirPrime, which was acquired by Sierra Wireless in 2003. Schmid became head of marketing and business development for Sierra’s embedded module product line and business until he joined AirLink Communications as senior vice president in 2004. At AirLink, he led marketing, product management and strategy, as well as business and corporate development disciplines. During his tenure, AirLink grew from $5 million to more than $30 million in revenue and was acquired by Sierra Wireless in 2007. At that time, Schmid became the vice president of the mobile and M2M business unit at Sierra Wireless.

Schmid holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Monica Van Berkel

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

 

Monica Van Berkel joined CalAmp in 2015 and currently serves as senior vice president of human resources. Van Berkel is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the human resources function at CalAmp and ensuring alignment with the strategic direction of the company. With more than two decades experience at high tech companies, Van Berkel brings extensive knowledge and experience in working with large cross functional projects, mergers and acquisitions, cultural realignment, and proactive employee relations.

Prior to joining CalAmp Van Berkel served as the chief administrative office at EMCORE Corporation from 2004 to 2015 where she was responsible for both the human resources and information technology functions, setting their strategies and ensuring their alignment to the business. Earlier in her career, Van Berkel held key human resources roles at companies such as First Data Corporation, Gateway, Western Digital and Hoya Corporation.

Van Berkel holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in administration of justice from San Jose State University.

Rick Vitelle*

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

 

Rick Vitelle joined CalAmp in 2001 and currently serves as executive vice president, chief financial officer and corporate secretary. In this capacity, Vitelle manages the Company’s finance and accounting functions, human resources, corporate information technology, and legal affairs. He is also responsible for corporate governance, SOX and other legal compliance programs, and corporate secretarial functions.

During his years with CalAmp, Vitelle has managed the SEC registration process for a successful $48 million public stock offering; led the financial due diligence and systems integration process for nine consummated acquisitions comprising 16 separate businesses; negotiated several credit facilities involving a total of five commercial banks; significantly enhanced the company’s financial consolidation, forecasting and reporting processes through a total redesign; reduced by 33 percent the time required to close the books and file the company’s quarterly results with the SEC; and closely managed working capital and banking relations during the global recession to help build the foundation for the company’s current financial stability and success.

Prior to joining CalAmp, Vitelle served as vice president of finance and administration and CFO of SMTEK International Inc. (formerly known as DDL Electronics Inc.). In this role, Vitelle managed the SEC registration process for public securities offerings, was involved with a number of M&A transactions, worked closely with legal counsel and investment bankers on complex debt restructuring transactions, engineered a stock listing transfer from the NYSE to NASDAQ, designed and implemented an internal reporting framework for a diversified international technology company with 10 operating subsidiaries, and greatly simplified its financial consolidation and reporting process.

Earlier in his career, Vitelle served as a senior manager with Price Waterhouse where he managed financial statement audit engagements for publicly traded companies, privately held businesses and large, complex governmental entities.

Vitelle graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of California since 1979.

John Warwick

Senior Vice President, Operations

 

John Warwick joined CalAmp in 2015 and currently serves as senior vice president of operations. Warwick’s responsibilities include supply chain management, supply planning, manufacturing, distribution and quality.

Prior to joining CalAmp, Warwick was senior vice president and chief operating officer of Maxwell Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of energy storage products for the transportation, energy and electronics industries.

From 2006 to 2013, Warwick served as senior vice president of operations for Emulex Corporation, a provider of data center networking solutions. From 2003 to 2006, Warwick was senior vice president of operations for Lantronix Inc., a manufacturer of M2M networking products. From 2000 to 2003, he was a Principal Consultant for PRTM, a consulting firm for high technology industries.

Previously, Warwick served in general management and operations management positions for companies in the data storage and personal computer industries. He began his career as a test engineer for Western Digital Corporation.

Warwick holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. He also obtained a certification in production and inventory management from APICS.

* Corporate Officer