MTI Leadership

Mary Jesse
Chief Executive Officer
Mary joined the MTI team in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and in January 2021, she joined the MTI Board of Directors. She has an extensive background as a passionate business leader and operational expert. She brings 30 years of experience developing, commercializing, delivering and supporting technology driven products, services, and companies.

Mary has served as CEO, CTO, COO, CSO, VP, board director, board chair, founder, consultant and advisor for private and public companies from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 across a variety of industries. A licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, P.E., Ms. Jesse holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering, and nineteen technology related patents.

She is a frequent advisor, speaker and writer on technology, innovation and diversity, and is passionate about supporting underserved populations in STEM, technology and business.
Ben Duster
Chief Financial Officer
Ben Duster has more than 30 years in operations and finance and has spear-headed transformative change through strategic, operational, organizational, and financial initiatives for public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the Singapore Stock Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the Warsaw Stock Exchange. His expansive experience will be invaluable as MTI builds out its global service and product initiatives to deliver sustainable value creation for clients.

Ben holds a Bachelors in Economics from Yale University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Doctorate from Harvard Law.

“I am excited to be part of this powerful leadership team and help fast-track MTI’s growth journey.”
Travis Hooper
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Travis leads MTI’s Technology, Product, Software and Marketing capabilities and is passionate about utilizing technology to drive simplification and effectiveness for our end customers.

A strategic and results-oriented leader with a passion for providing compelling customer experiences, Travis was most recently a Vice President at Fender Musical Instruments with various roles in Supply Chain, Business Development and Direct to Consumer business. Prior to Fender, Travis spent 8 years at Accenture leading large business transformation initiatives across multiple business sectors.

Travis graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Finance and now lives in the Portland, Oregon, area.
Tony Woods
Chief Human Resources Officer
Tony Woods joined MTI in the second half of 2020. With over 15 years of expertise in HR and Operations, Tony is a results-focused leader who delivers talent acquisition, retention, and employee engagement solutions that help harness the full power of MTI’s most valuable assets – its people. Tony has a strong track record of building, leading, and motivating teams. He is dedicated to creating robust corporate cultures that promote continuous customer loyalty by empowering and motivating employees to realize their full potential and bring their best to MTI every day.

Originally from the UK, Tony and his family are making Oregon their home.
SK Panda
Senior Vice President of Sales
Soumya (SK) Panda has more than 25 years consulting, solutioning, and digitally transforming enterprises in customer experience, IT Infrastructure, and security. SK has led global customer success and sales teams in the Hospitality, Telecom, Healthcare, Retail & Technology verticals. He aims to bring his consultative sales experience, emerging technologies background, and exposure to various verticals to help transform MTI’s portfolio and delight the current and future customer base.

SK has previously served in leadership roles for companies such as Verizon, Expedia and Century Link and is also a strong contributor to the start-up ecosystems in the west coast and mentors several founders. SK holds a Bachelors in Earth Sciences and an MBA in addition to graduating from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, completing the Chief Digital Officer program.

“Digital Transformation & Innovation is at the forefront of MTI’s products, solutions, and services. I am super excited to join a company with deep expertise in customer experience, security, and customer insights as their foundational DNA while staying ahead of the competition in digital adoption and empowering the world’s largest brands.”
Allen Auchenpaugh
Senior Vice President of Global Services
Allen Auchenpaugh brings more than 35 years of retail, brand, and manufacturing experience to the position of Senior Vice President of Global Services. In this role, Allen will expand the services portfolio throughout new and existing channels domestically and internationally.
Prior to joining MTI, Allen served in numerous leadership roles for companies such as Samsung Electronics America, Apple, Beats Electronics, Lynx Innovation, and Best Buy. Allen’s unique blend of experience from brand, retail, and manufacturing provides MTI leadership with a view rounding out the executive team.

“I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team that is so committed to serving the customer, said Auchenpaugh. “With labor demands undergoing seismic shifts globally, MTI is well positioned to assist our customers in innovative ways.”

Rod Horner
Vice President of Engineering
Rod leads MTI’s global sourcing, product integration, and product test organizations. His team manages 28 manufacturing and outsourced suppliers in multiple countries. Rod transformed the sourcing team and processes which saved MTI millions of dollars in cost of goods sold over an 18-month period. Additionally, he has grown the company’s intellectual property patent portfolio by 300%.
Prior to that, he spent five years leading engineering quality assurance teams and has managed the patent application process.

Previously, he held engineering and leadership positions at companies such as Credence, FEI, IMS, LTX, and Nike.

Rod holds degrees in Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering.
Parbin Chand
Vice President of Production and Supply Chain
As VP Production and Supply Chain, Parbin Chand leads MTI’s Global Procurement, Planning, Shipping, and Manufacturing teams. He drives Operational Efficiencies and Supply Chain Strategies to support internal and external partners. Parbin has proven himself to be a resourceful and dynamic leader with 25+ years of experience in Operations/Supply Chain Management.

Before joining MTI, Parbin spent 12 years at Tyco Electronics in different leadership roles, 8 years with Tyco Toys, and 4 years teaching in the Education field.

Parbin hails from Fiji Islands where he graduated from the University of South Pacific. For the last 30 years he has made Oregon his home.
Jill Cochran
Associate Vice President of Sales Operations
She leads a team responsible for driving customer-facing, real-time interactions that improve MTI’s profitability and elevate customer satisfaction.

Jill holds a B.A. Business Management from Washington State University and has 30 years of operations and customer service experience in the hospitality and manufacturing industries. Previously, she spent 13 years at Planar Systems leading the customer service and operations teams. She is a mentor of Oregon Connections and volunteers for a local Girl Scouts council.
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