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MobileIron names Barry Mainz new CEO

Mainz, a former president for Intel's embedded software subsidiary Wind River, will take over the CEO title from MobileIron founder Bob Tinker.
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Written by Natalie Gagliordi, Senior Writer on

Enterprise mobility management firm MobileIron has a new chief executive.

The San Francisco-based company has appointed Barry Mainz, former president of Intel's embedded software subsidiary Wind River, to take over the CEO title from MobileIron founder Bob Tinker.

Tinker, who spearheaded MobileIron's IPO in 2014, will remain on the company's board of directors, where Mainz will also have a seat.

In prepared remarks, Tinker highlighted Mainz's strength as a salesman and his experience selling software to enterprises.

As for Mainz, he's already started refining his pitch. In a statement, Mainz said he had personal experience with the company's product and believes MobileIron has the potential to become the "applications and security backbone" for end-user computing.

His goal, of course, will be to lead MobileIron to growth and profitability -- two essential areas where the company has struggled.

Like other tech vendors, MobileIron has taken a hit as customers shift to software subscriptions over licensing.

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