Released January 12, 2021, at 10am EST – Beaverton, Oregon

Core engineering and management teams will stay on as company announces new CEO, board members, and increased emphasis on firmware security as part of a friendly acquisition.

Phoenix Technologies today announced the addition of a new CEO and board of directors as part of a friendly acquisition by Santera Limited on January 12, 2021. Santera was established specifically to acquire Phoenix Technologies and the new company will continue to operate under the Phoenix Technologies name.

Gerard Moore will be taking over as CEO and the largest single stockholder in the new company. “I’m honored to be leading such an iconic technology firm,” Moore said. “I’m also thrilled to announce that there will be no major departures in our engineering or management teams. Rather, we are doubling down on Phoenix’s extensive investments in research, engineering, and firmware security as we expand our traditional customer base while aggressively entering new markets.”

Phoenix plans to expand their US and Taiwan-based engineering teams and open a new global HQ and firmware security operations team in Campbell, CA.

The new board members are:

Gerard Moore, CEO
Mr. Moore is an experienced CEO with a track record in delivering significant growth and entry to new markets. Prior to Phoenix, Mr. Moore was founder and CEO of a number of technology companies including Spectel (which was later sold to Avaya). He holds an electronic engineering degree and an MBA from University College Dublin and a master’s degree in engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Jonathon O’Connell, Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. O’Connell has over 25 years of experience as a CFO in growing technology and biotech companies including fundraisings, IPOs and trade sales. Prior to Phoenix, Mr. O’Connell was CFO of multiple technology companies including Spectel (which was sold to Avaya), Escher Group (a London listed technology company), and Trinity Biotech (a Nasdaq listed company). He is a Chartered accountant and a graduate of business from Trinity College Dublin.

Kevin Cooney, Non-Executive Director.
Kevin retired from Xilinx Inc. in early 2020 where he was a member of the corporate executive management team and served as Chief Information Officer since 2004. Kevin also currently serves as a member of the IDA Ireland board of directors.

About Phoenix:

Phoenix Technologies was the first independent firmware provider and has been pioneering firmware innovation since 1979 with nearly a billion units installed worldwide. Phoenix designs, develops, and secures firmware for a wide range of computing devices and platforms. Phoenix is headquartered in Silicon Valley (Campbell, CA) with a global presence and primary engineering teams based in the US and Taiwan.

For more information contact:
Ameet Dhillon
Phoenix Technologies
Director of Product Management and Marketing
Ameet_Dhillon@phoenix.com