MINNETONKA, Minn., Dec. 5, 2017 – Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), announced today that its Board of Directors has nominated Ms. Sally Smith, the retiring President and Chief Executive Officer of Buffalo Wild Wings, and Mr. Chris Heim, Chief Executive Officer of HelpSystems, to stand for election as directors during its 2018 annual meeting of stockholders to be held on January 29, 2018. Ms. Smith and Mr. Heim have been nominated to fill the vacancies that will arise when Mr. Girish Rishi and Mr. William Priesmeyer complete their terms at the annual meeting. Mr. Rishi and Mr. Priesmeyer are retiring from the Board and will not be standing for re-election at the annual meeting.
“The Board is delighted to have Ms. Smith and Mr. Heim stand for election as nominees. They both bring broad and extensive business expertise to Digi. We will benefit from Sally’s acumen in restaurant and food service operations and from her strong background in accounting and financial reporting as we expand our Smart Solutions capabilities. We believe Chris’ experience in building leading software and services with recurring revenue models will enhance our organic and acquisition related growth initiatives,” said Dr. Satbir Khanuja, Chair of the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.
Ron Konezny, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We would like to thank Mr. Priesmeyer and Mr. Rishi for their invaluable guidance and service during their time as members of our Board. They have guided Digi with an unwavering commitment to our stakeholders as our business has evolved. We also thank Bill for his leadership and service as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board during the last three years.”
The Board also appointed Dr. Khanuja to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, commencing when Mr. Priesmeyer’s term with the Board ends in January.
Sally Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer of the restaurant company Buffalo Wild Wings, a position she has held since 1996. Ms. Smith previously announced her plans to retire from Buffalo Wild Wings on December 31, 2017. Before her service as President and CEO, she was Chief Financial Officer of Buffalo Wild Wings from 1994 to 1996. Prior to her work with Buffalo Wild Wings, she served as Controller and as Chief Financial Officer of Dahlberg, Inc., a manufacturer of hearing aids. She began her career with KPMG LLP, an international accounting and consulting firm. Ms. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of Alerus Financial Corporation, Hormel Foods Company, Allina Health System and the National Restaurant Association.
Chris Heim is the Chief Executive Officer of HelpSystems, a leading developer of IT management software, a position he has held since December 2014. Before HelpSystems, Mr. Heim was Chief Executive Officer of Axium, a leading provider of project management and accounting solutions for Architectural and Engineering firms, from January 2013 until its sale to Deltek in June 2014. Mr. Heim has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Amcom Software, a provider of mission-critical communications solutions for hospitals, government, and hospitality customers, before its sale to Spok, Inc., and was previously Chief Executive Officer of HighJump Software, a software company serving the supply chain management sector. Mr. Heim is a member of the board of directors of Calabrio, Inc. and Field Nation, LLC.
For more information, please visit https://www.digi.com/pr/board.
About Digi International
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is a leading global provider of business and mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M connectivity products and services. We help our customers create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security, relentless reliability and bulletproof performance. Founded in 1985, we’ve helped our customers connect over 100 million things, and growing. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International).
Mike Goergen, CFO
Digi International Inc.