SparkFun taps Glenn Samala as new CEO

Tuesday August 16, 2016 0 comments Tags: Boulder, SparkFun Electronics, Nathan Seidle, Glenn Samala, Richard Parker

BOULDER -- SparkFun Electronics, a provider of electronics parts and educational tutorials, announced the selection of Glenn Samala to serve as the company’s CEO.Glenn_SamalaFIXED

As he announced in a June 2015 blog post, Nathan Seidle, founder and former CEO of SparkFun, will transition to “Nate the Engineer” — focusing on building great new products, projects and tutorials.

"After a comprehensive search and interview process, we are pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of SparkFun," said Richard Parker, director of finance and CEO Hiring Committee member.

"Not only does Glenn have a strong history in and passion for electronics, but he is a great cultural match and is committed to making electronics accessible to everyone."

Samala was interviewed by more than 30 SparkFun employees and was the unanimous recommendation for the position. He brings to the company more than 20 years of executive management in the technology and manufacturing space, and has been a proven leader in managing organizations through change.

“I am glad Glenn has accepted this leadership role. He is the right match for the company and will be able to expertly navigate the next stage in SparkFun’s evolution,” said Seidle.

“What will I do? I am going to stick around and get back to my engineering roots — building crazy stuff, putting together tutorials, and getting out into the community.”

Seidle has been both founder and CEO of SparkFun for the last 13 years, leading the company through exponential growth and ensuring it stays close to its mission to make electronics accessible to everyone.

SparkFun said Seidle’s commitment to supporting beginner through advanced hobbyists and makers drove the company to produce one of the largest electronics tutorial libraries in existence; design and release products that stay ahead of the market; launch an education branch of the company to meet the specific needs of K-12 schools and higher education; and nurture a diverse customer community that is dedicated to innovation, open source and making.Sparkfun_logoUSE

Founded in 2003, SparkFun currently offers more than 2,100 products, ranging from simple components, like capacitors and resistors, to GPS units, Bluetooth modules, and comprehensive inventor kits.

SparkFun has also developed nearly 400 tutorials to inspire and support others in their exploration of electronics.