Executive promotions and shuffling are not my stock in trade, but I’ve known and respected Ray Almgren for a long time. Very happy to see him take on this sensor company—the essential basic element of an Internet of Things ecosystem. Sensors don’t get all the glory, but without them, no things in the Internet of Things.

Swift Sensors, a producer and supplier of wireless sensor systems, announced the appointment of Ray Almgren as Chief Executive Officer. Almgren will lead the growth initiatives of the company to expand product offerings and to scale worldwide distribution channels.  

Founded by Dean Drako, Swift Sensors has developed low-cost, monitoring solutions, making wireless IoT devices available for one-tenth the cost of traditional systems. These sensors are critical for operational efficiency and improvements, monitoring data such as temperatures for food processing and pharmaceuticals, or machine health and operation in industrial manufacturing. 

Almgren joined the company in 2016 as the Chief Marketing Officer, and helped launch the company. Almgren was named Chief Operating Officer in 2019. 

“Ray brings extensive knowledge and experience in sensors, embedded systems and the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Dean Drako, Founder and Chairman of Swift Sensors. “His leadership of our product development and marketing strategy has been a key factor in our success. As CEO, he will continue these initiatives and create a world-wide distribution channel for our products. Ray’s reputation in our industry as a strong technical and business leader is known throughout the world.”

Almgren joined Swift Sensors after a 28-year career at National Instruments (NI), where he served in numerous roles including Director of Engineering, Vice President of Product Marketing, and Vice President of Corporate Marketing. Almgren graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

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