Management Team

  • MICHAEL KAPLINSKY, PH.D. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER

    Dr. Michael Kaplinsky has served as Chief Executive Officer of Arecont Vision since he co-founded the Company in April 2003. Prior to co-founding the Company, Dr. Kaplinsky worked as Manager of the Systems on a Chip (“SOC”) division of Micron Technology, Inc. He joined Micron Technology, Inc. through its acquisition of a CMOS image sensor manufacturer, Photobit Corporation, where Dr. Kaplinsky served as SOC Business Unit Manager. Prior to Photobit, Dr. Kaplinsky was a Research Engineer at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

  • DR. VLADIMIR BEREZIN PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

    Dr. Vladimir Berezin has served as President of Arecont Vision since he co-founded the Company in April 2003. Prior to co-founding the Company, Dr. Berezin worked as Manager of the Pixel Technology division of Micron Technology, Inc. He joined Micron Technology, Inc. through its acquisition of a CMOS image sensor manufacturer, Photobit Corporation, where Dr. Berezin served as Manager of Sensor Characterization. Additionally, Dr. Berezin was employed as the Director of the Ista Group of Companies as well as the CCD Lab Director of Electron, a major Russian research center. He received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from St. Petersburg State University of Communications, Ph.D. in Microelectronics from Moscow State Institute of Radio-Engineering Electronic and Automation and Post Doctorate degree in Engineering Science from the Moscow Institute of Applied Physics.

  • SCOTT SCHAFER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, MARKETING, SERVICE & QUALITY

    Scott Schafer has served as the Executive Vice President since March, 2009. His responsibilities are global sales, marketing, service and quality.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Schafer held the post of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing during his five years at Pelco/Schneider Electric. His experience also includes Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service at The Reynolds and Reynolds Company, the leader in enterprise software for the automotive industry.   During that time he was on the Board of Directors for Reynolds and Reynolds Australia. He served in many management roles at NCR Corporation during his 19 years, including the VP and General Manager of global networking and high availability services, Vice President of Product and Channel Marketing for the Computer Systems Division, and Vice President of major accounts for NCR’s USA reseller division For the past seven years, Schafer has been a member of the Board of the Directors for the Security Industry Association and serves as the Secretary of the Executive Committee and Membership Chairman. Scott Schafer has a B.S. in Finance from Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Capital University.

  • RAUL CALDERON SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS, ENGINEERING & PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

    Raul Calderon, Senior Vice President of the company responsible for Operations, Engineering and Product Management transitioned in January of 2012 from his previous position as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. He joined Arecont Vision in 2007 as Vice President of Strategic Relations. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Calderon served as the National Product Development and Marketing Manager for Sanyo Fisher Company’s North American security division. Additionally, he worked as the Director of Worldwide Product management for Ultrak, Inc., now a Honeywell company. He also gained experience as the National Sales Manager for 2 technology startups, GPS Standard and DigiSpec Corporation. Mr. Calderon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ElectricalEngineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • CAROLE DOUGAN VICE PRESIDENT OF NORTH AMERICAN SALES

    Carole Dougan is responsible for Arecont Vision’s global distributor and systems integrator business with a primary focus in the Americas. Ms. Dougan  was most recently responsible for the strategic direction of several national reseller partners for Pelco as their Director of Strategic Accounts. Prior to her 9 years at Pelco, Ms. Dougan spent several years in territory, national account, and engineered systems design and sales with ADT in the San Francisco Area and Securus, Inc. in Denver, Colorado.

  • IVO DRENT VICE PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN SALES

    Ivo Drent has spent more than 20 years in the video surveillance industry working for manufacturers such as Dedicated Micros, Pelco and IndigoVision. Mr. Drent led Pelco’s EMEA operations from their office in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, managing a team of nearly 100 people who were located in various offices across Europe and the Middle East. For IndigoVision, he managed their EMEA sales, marketing and support operations. More recently, Mr. Drent has been Worldwide Vice President for DataDirect Networks, a manufacturer of high end storage solutions, where he was responsible for their Government and Digital Security division.

  • BECKY ZHOU VICE PRESIDENT APAC SALES

    Becky Zhou is responsible for Arecont Vision’s Asia-Pacific distributor and systems integrator business, including management of the sales team. Ms. Zhou is a long-term Arecont Vision employee and an established figure in the Asia-Pacific region. She had previously served as the company’s Regional Sales Director, APAC.  Her responsibilities include Greater China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Pakistan.  Ms. Zhou  personally nurtures and maintains major accounts, particularly the use of Arecont Vision technology in municipal surveillance and at major financial institutions.

  • JEFF WHITNEY VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

    Jeff Whitney leads worldwide marketing for Arecont Vision, bringing over 25 years of global marketing experience at fast growing companies in video and information technology. Prior to Arecont Vision, Mr. Whitney served as Vice President of Marketing for network flash vendor Astute Networks, video surveillance platform pioneer Intransa, and encryption/key management developer MaXXan Systems. He also served as Vice President of Strategy for Fujitsu Technology Solutions and in leadership roles with NetApp and Spinnaker Networks.

  • EDMOND DERAVANESSIAN CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    Edmond Deravanessian has served as CFO of Arecont Vision since October 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Deravanessian served as Chief Financial Officer of Rene Furterer, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pierre Fabre Dermo-cosmetics headquartered in France. Prior to this, Mr. Deravanessian served over 4 years as Vice-President / Controller for Pacer International. Mr. Deravanessian holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting, an MBA in Finance and an EA certification.


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