Hilscher North America, Inc., a provider of industrial network connectivity solutions, appointed Craig Lentzkow as the IIoT business development manager. In the newly created position, Lentzkow will be responsible for developing business opportunities for Hilscher’s netIOT Edge Gateways through partnerships with global cloud service companies, large end-users, and IT and automation integrators. Hilscher netIOT Edge Gateways are factory-floor data collectors for the IIoT, supplying data to cloud-based business analytics software by leveraging existing plant-floor network infrastructure and IIoT data standards such as OPC UA and MQTT.
“Craig’s background in both the IT and automation arenas makes him uniquely qualified to bridge the IT/OT gap we hear so much about. He will provide the strategic vision and execution to help our customers improve their business performance through use of netIOT solutions,” says Phil Marshall, CEO, Hilscher North America, Inc.
Lentzkow brings more than 30 years of experience to the position, having most recently served as a channel manager for Hilscher North America. He has held various executive-level sales, marketing, and strategy positions with global automation suppliers and IT companies, such as IBM, GE, Rockwell Automation, and Wonderware. Lentzkow received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.