Dewhirst assumes the role after leading product and business development for the company as vice president.
“Linksys delves deeper into its roots as an innovative wireless technology while forging a new path to deliver enterprise-grade connectivity and security solutions for the new era of distance work and learning,” said Harry Dewhirst, CEO of Linksys.
Dewhirst has extensive entrepreneurial experience, as well as successful experience with leading organizations in investments, mergers and acquisitions, according to an official statement.
He previously co-founded Amobee, an advertising technology company, which was bought by SingTel of Singapore in 2012 for $ 321 million.
He was also president of location data analytics company Blis.
Earlier in his career, Dewhirst founded Ballpark Ventures, a boutique venture capital fund, which has invested in more than 40 technology start-ups.
Since its merger with Foxconn Interconnect Technology in 2018, Linksys has been on track to operate independently.
Additionally, with its recent strategic alliance with Fortinet, which included a $ 75 million investment in Linksys, the two companies have teamed up to provide remote workers with enterprise-grade connectivity and services.
Rob Atherton, vice president of corporate development, Fortinet, has also been appointed to the Linksys board of directors.
Atherton, who has over twenty years of experience, will contribute to the company’s growth and the go-to-market strategy.
Chet Pipkin has also been appointed chairman of the board.
“Together, Fortinet and Linksys will bring new solutions to businesses navigating the new age of work by equipping employees with seamless and secure connectivity to work effectively from home,” said Rob Atherton, vice president of business development at company, Fortinet, and board of directors, Linksys.