Company expands executive team to reflect leadership position in retail security and global services

HILLSBORO, OR, March 28, 2023 — MTI (Mobile Technologies, Inc.), the leading solutions innovator in global retail security, smart locks and customer support services, today announced current CEO Mary Jesse will assume the role of Chairman of the Board and Allen Auchenpaugh will become the company’s new CEO. Auchenpaugh was previously the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services.

Auchenpaugh joined MTI in June 2022 to transform the company’s services portfolio throughout new and existing channels domestically and internationally. Over the past ten months, he has expanded the MTI customer base with additional global brands, redefined the Global Service Center in Drogheda, Ireland and extended service coverage across Canada.

“In the last nine months, MTI’s third-party labor offering has been overhauled to bring a fresh approach to meeting the customer’s needs. Retailers and brands have responded enthusiastically to our re-tooled offering and transparent pricing model, including the accelerated introduction of MTI’s new Managed Access and Smart Locks products,” said Allen Auchenpaugh, CEO, MTI.

Prior to joining MTI, Auchenpaugh amassed more than 35 years of retail, brand, and manufacturing experience holding leadership positions for companies such as Samsung Electronics America, Apple, Beats Electronics, Lynx Innovation, and Best Buy. With a sharp perspective on the shifting dynamics of consumer behavior and its impacts across retail, manufacturing, finance and supply chain, Auchenpaugh provides the insight and experience to ensure MTI is continually delivering innovative solutions to meet its global customers’ changing needs.

Ms. Jesse, who served on the board previously will now assume the role of Chairman of the Board. Since joining MTI, Ms. Jesse navigated the company’s operation through the pandemic and oversaw the expansion of the managed access and smart locks business. Jesse has an extensive technology background and has served in multiple executive and board roles.


About MTI

MTI is a technology innovator and solutions provider with expertise in asset protection, smart locks, tablet solutions, and global services. We serve the world’s largest brands across the globe.

Our unique design and production capabilities help ensure success for our customers across retail, healthcare, hospitality, and manufacturing.
Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, MTI has offices in North America, Hong Kong, and Ireland. We are ISO-27001 certified and bring over 45 years of experience helping customers meet their complex business needs.



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I’m honored to be chosen as a delegate to represent the United States on a U.S. Department of Commerce and WOMEN IN TECH – Global Movement Trade Mission to The Netherlands, Portugal, and France. The mission is intended to support women-led technology companies and expand MTI’s growth in global markets. Thank you to Marisa Lago, Undersecretary for Commerce and International Trade and the U.S. Department of Commerce for arranging this important mission!

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MTI appoints Ben Duster as Chief Financial Officer, Allen Auchenpaugh as Senior Vice President, Global Services, and SK Panda as Senior Vice President, Global Sales.

Hillsboro, OR: MTI (Mobile Technologies, Inc.) announced three executive appointments strengthening the senior leadership team to support the next phase of growth for the organization. With customers facing increased needs in both 3rd party labor support and product security, MTI is positioned for growth with its complete solutions and global presence.

“We’ve strengthened our product portfolio and transformed our services teams uniquely positioning MTI to provide a compelling consumer experience while addressing our customers’ operational and loss prevention challenges,” said Mary Jesse, MTI CEO. “We’re ready for our next phase of expansion.  As we grow, the MTI team and our customers will benefit greatly from the impressive depth and diversity of experience and leadership that SK, Allen, and Ben bring from their respective fields.”

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 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.”  

Allen Auchenpaugh, Senior Vice President, 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 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.”

SK Panda, Senior Vice President, 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.”

Hillsboro, OR: MTI (Mobile Technologies, Inc.) and Vestal, NY: Scorpion Security Products— two industry leaders each with a track record of helping retailers combat retail shrink (assets lost through loss or theft) — are joining forces to deliver cutting-edge security solutions globally.

The MTI and Scorpion partnership provides retailers across the globe with a complete suite of security options to protect assets on display in stores. The synergy between the two companies is unmatched; MTI is the world leader in electronic and alarmed solutions while Scorpion is the world leader in mechanical solutions. Together, their complementary product lines will help retailers broaden their security measures and better safeguard high-value product displays at a time when retail shrink is on the rise.

“Collaboration is a culture. It’s not about one person or organization winning, but rather about progressing as a group. We have found the culture and professionalism of MTI and their associates completely aligned with the principles and guidelines of Scorpion. We are very excited about our new partnership,” said Pete Gulick, Founder and CEO of Scorpion.

“This partnership brings a cooperative approach to serving our retail customers that has not been seen before in the retail security solution industry. It is a new era. From our very first conversations with the Scorpion team, there was a meeting of the minds, a realization of the benefits we could bring our customers and each other.  This partnership is good news for our customers, global partners, and the retail industry. We will leverage the strengths of both companies to bring benefits to our customers.” Mary Jesse, CEO of MTI.

“We are thrilled to enter this partnership with MTI.  Not only do our products complement one another which allows us to offer the most comprehensive product lineup on the market, but our cultures blend as well.  It has been great to get to know the talented MTI team and we are excited about what the future holds for us, our global partners and customers,” stated Scorpion’s President, Paul Frydman.

The partnership between MTI and Scorpion is effective immediately which broadens the reach of both companies and enables greater solutions access and support to all our collective customers.

About MTI:

MTI works with the world’s largest brands in more than 90 countries across the globe to protect assets through physical hardware and electronic monitoring.  MTI facilitates loss prevention, asset management, enhanced service, and tablet kiosk solutions to empower leading brands to perform with excellence in today’s digital business environment.  

Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon with offices in Hong Kong, Ireland, and London, MTI brings over 40 years of experience helping our customers meet their complex business needs. 

About Scorpion:

Scorpion Security Products, Inc. was founded in 2008 by CEO, Pete Gulick. Scorpion is a leader in the retail security industry, specializing in high security mechanical solutions for handheld electronic devices and much more. Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest level of consumer engagement while maintaining maximum security.

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