BLUE BELL, Pa., June 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UniTek Global Services, Inc. ("UniTek" or "the Company") (Nasdaq:UNTK) a premier provider of permanently outsourced infrastructure services to the telecommunications, broadband cable, wireless, transportation, public safety and satellite television industries, today announced the appointment of Andrew J. Herning as the Company's Chief Financial Officer, effective June 4, 2013. Kenneth J. Cichocki, who joined the Company as Interim Chief Financial Officer on April 15, 2013 and has been instrumental in the Company's financial oversight, will assist Mr. Herning as needed in order to ensure an orderly transition.
"Andrew is an accomplished financial and operational executive who brings to UniTek a wealth of experience in financial controls and reporting, as well as strong relationships with the financial community. We conducted an extensive search of over 200 candidates, and Andrew's background and commitment to people made him the clear choice for this important role," said Rocky Romanella, Chief Executive Officer of UniTek. "Moreover, he has proven expertise in leadership, managing organizational change, process improvement and execution at fast-growing companies. We are pleased to have him join our executive team and look forward to his contributions as we advance our business. Andrew's vision, tactical execution capabilities and ability to collaborate with business partners are closely aligned with the operating philosophy and culture we are instilling at UniTek.
"I would also like to thank Ken for his contributions over the last several months, during a challenging period for our Company. Through Ken's leadership and uncompromising commitment, we are nearing completion of our financial restatements and outstanding SEC filings, which will allow us to focus on our future. It is also important to thank Don Gately for his recent work as both Chief Operating Officer and interim President of our Pinnacle Wireless division. With a permanent CFO on board, we are now focused on the search for a President of the Pinnacle division, and I have the utmost confidence in Don's ability to continue leading that group until the recruitment process is complete. Operationally, I believe our business is strong, and that UniTek is poised to achieve growth and success in the second half of 2013."
Mr. Herning joins UniTek from AS America, Inc. (American Standard Brands), a multinational manufacturer of high quality building products with over 5,000 employees in North America, where he most recently served as interim CFO. Before being named interim CFO in 2012, he held senior-level positions leading the finance function for American Standard's Fixtures and Chinaware business units, and previously served as the Global Controller of American Standard Companies' $2.4 billion bath and kitchen division. Prior to American Standard, Mr. Herning spent 11 years at KPMG LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP providing audit and advisory services to companies primarily in the telecommunications and technology industries, and was registered as a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado from 1996-2006. He graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting.
"I am pleased to be joining UniTek and grateful for the opportunity that management and the Board of Directors have given me," said Herning. "I am impressed with the energy, enthusiasm, resilience and work ethic exhibited throughout the Company's senior leadership as well as the Finance and Accounting team. UniTek is a dynamic company with a strong track record of execution and a reputation as an industry leader. I believe that management's strategy is sound, their goals are achievable and there is significant potential for growth. I look forward to working as part of this management team and playing a role in UniTek's future success."
In connection with his hiring, Mr. Herning will receive an inducement grant consisting of 47,850 restricted stock units (RSUs), one-half (23,925) of which are subject to time-vesting in four equal installments over four years with 12.5% vesting on each anniversary of the date of grant and the other half of which will vest subject to the satisfaction of the performance conditions for 2013 previously established for other participants in the Company's Senior Executive Long-Term Incentive Plan.
About UniTek Global Services
UniTek Global Services is a provider of engineering, construction management and installation fulfillment services to companies specializing in the telecommunications, broadband cable, wireless, two-way radio, transportation, public safety and satellite industries. UniTek has created a scalable operating platform, enabling each UniTek subsidiary to deliver quality services to its Fortune 200 customers. www.unitekglobalservices.com.
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UniTek Global Services
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
The Piacente Group | Investor Relations Lee Roth (212) 481-2050