Axesstel benefits from an experienced international management team with combined telecommunications and industry leadership. Their accomplishments span the world of telecommunications, customer, and markets.
Clark Hickock, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Clark Hickock was appointed CEO on March 13, 2008. He joined Axesstel as Chief Operating Officer in April 2005 and has been responsible for all areas of operations including global contract manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, quality control and product cost reduction and new product introductions. In addition for the past year Mr. Hickock has managed Global Sales. Prior to joining Axesstel, Mr. Hickock was executive vice president (EVP) of global operations for Cherokee International Corporation, responsible for operations and supply chain management in the U.S., Mexico, China and Europe. Prior to that he served as EVP of global operations for REMEC, Inc., where he managed an international team of over 4,000 in the manufacturing services business unit, new product introduction, and supply chain. While at REMEC, he also led a major corporate restructuring by consolidating 22 separately acquired manufacturing operations into a unified global supply chain of three low cost offshore manufacturing facilities. Prior to REMEC, Mr. Hickock was director of materials of E-systems Inc., an aerospace and defense division of Raytheon Company, where he managed the material and subcontract department. Hickock holds a B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Texas.
Patrick Gray, Chief Financial Officer
Patrick Gray joined Axesstel in March 2004 as vice president, controller. In 2005, he was promoted to senior vice president, corporate controller and in February 2007, he was named chief financial officer. From 1996 to 2004, Gray served in various finance and accounting positions at REMEC, Inc., a San Diego based designer and manufacturer of telecom equipment for the worldwide mobile communications market, including vice president, corporate controller and vice president, controller of global operations. At REMEC, Gray was responsible for the financial management of all domestic and international entities including China, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Philippines. He also participated in over twenty merger and acquisition transactions and multiple financings. Gray holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Stephen Sek, Chief Technology Officer
Stephen Sek joined Axesstel in November 2006 as chief technology officer. Sek has over 20 years of experience in product research and development, wireless technologies and standards setting activities. Prior to joining Axesstel, Mr. Sek served as the director of technology and standards at Novatel Wireless, a San Diego-based provider of wireless broadband access solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. He was responsible for leading the office of the CTO, the patent committee, the company's technology realization, and product introduction in all technologies to customers. At Novatel Wireless from August 2000 through October 2006, he also served as director, systems, test and accreditation engineering, general manager of Asia Pacific, and director of customer technical solutions and technologies. Responsibilities included heading the company-wide systems engineering, regulatory and industrial product accreditation, carriers' product certification and releases for all technologies in all products and form factors. From 1990 through 2000, Sek worked at Motorola Inc., where he served in various senior research, engineering and managerial roles for the PCS Advanced Technology Lab, PCS FLEX Technology Systems Division, and Paging and Wireless Data Group. Sek is a veteran and active participant in technology standards, having been involved in carving the evolution of numerous generations of wireless technologies as past steering committee member of the CDMA Development Group, current board of director of the Portable Computer and Communications Association, technical contributor to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP2) and advisor of the Federal Communications Commission. Sek holds a bachelor of science degree from Boston University and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Henrik Hoeffner, Chief Marketing Officer
Henrik Hoeffner was appointed Chief Marketing Officer on April 1, 2011 and has assumed global responsibility for Sales, Marketing and Product Strategy. Hoeffner joined Axesstel in December 2006 as Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA. In April 2008 Hoeffner was promoted to Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA & APAC. Prior to joining Axesstel, Hoeffner was from 2002 to 2006 Vice President of Novatel Wireless EMEA operation, which he built from scratch and managed to a dominant market leader position in 3G data devices. Active in the wireless industry most of his career, Hoeffner also held Senior Sales and Marketing positions withs Siemens Communications from 1991 through 2002. Hoeffner has during his 20 years in the wireless industry established an unrivaled track record and relationships with most Mobile Operator groups throughout the World. Hoeffner holds a Business Administration and Economics degree from Copenhagen Business School.