Cyanogen Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has hired two key executives from Qualcomm and Amazon who will help oversee the company’s global and systems engineering projects, in addition to helping Cyanogen continue to evolve Android as an operating system.
One new exec is Stephen Lawler, who previously worked for Amazon and even as the chief technology officer of Bing Maps with Microsoft. Lawler will lead Cyanogen Inc’s worldwide engineering team as a senior vice president of engineering, the company said. Another exec, Karthick Iyer, comes from Qualcomm where he led the company’s Android engineering efforts. He’ll work on systems engineering as the vice president of global systems.
“Signals, services and systems are at the heart of building an evolved computing platform,” Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster said. “Both Lawler and Iyer respectively are world class leaders in these areas, each having scaled some of the most successful computing and services platforms. Lawler brings a wealth of technical leadership in mobile, mapping, location, search, and cloud services. Iyer has deep expertise in end-to-end Android development. Both understand how to optimally scale engineering organizations.”
The execs will no doubt be key to Cyanogen’s work to continue to expand its footprint and establish new partnerships. One has to wonder if Lawler’s expertise in mapping points to possible new side projects for the company. We’ll see.
Cyanogen Hires Two Key Engineering Executives as Company Scales for Commercial Global Expansion and Platform Growth
Industry Veterans Stephen Lawler and Karthick Iyer Join Leading OS Pure Play
Palo Alto, CA. — July 8, 2015 — Cyanogen Inc., a global leader in mobile computing, today announced it has brought on Amazon engineering leader Stephen Lawler as Senior Vice President of Engineering and Qualcomm Android engineering lead Karthick Iyer as Vice President of Global Systems. Lawler will oversee worldwide engineering for the company, and Iyer will lead systems engineering.
A twenty-year industry veteran, Lawler joins Cyanogen from Amazon where he was most recently a Vice President. Before that, he spent 15 years at Microsoft in key senior roles including CTO of Bing Maps, GM of Software Development for Bing Maps, Bing Mobile, Local Search, MSN and Virtual Earth.
Iyer has held ever increasing engineering responsibilities at Qualcomm Inc. for the past 18 years. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Engineering where he led a global team that designed, developed and commercialized Android solutions at the chipset level. There, he built and led a top-notch global Android organization that successfully enabled the shipments of over 1 billion Android smartphones.
“Our focus continues to be evolving the Android platform and driving innovation in mobile computing,” said Kirt McMaster, Co-founder and CEO of Cyanogen Inc. “Signals, services and systems are at the heart of building an evolved computing platform. Both Lawler and Iyer respectively are world class leaders in these areas, each having scaled some of the most successful computing and services platforms. Lawler brings a wealth of technical leadership in mobile, mapping, location, search, and cloud services. Iyer has deep expertise in end-to-end Android development. Both understand how to optimally scale engineering organizations.”
With offices in Palo Alto, Seattle and Lisbon, the company’s expansion plans include opening offices in China, India and Europe. Through its open source CyanogenMod and commercial distribution Cyanogen OS, it has a global user footprint in 190 countries.