09.02.18

Control4 adds to board of directors

headshot of Maria Thomas, control4 board of directors and compensation committee

Control4 has unveiled Maria Thomas as the latest addition to its board of directors.

Thomas brings the role a wealth of strategic marketing and business expertise following dedicating the last 20 years to building high growth, consumer-focused digital businesses as an internet executive and entrepreneur.

Most recently, Thomas was CMO at SmartThings, where she helped lead the smart home technology company to a successful acquisition by Samsung in 2014.

Previously, Thomas served as CEO of Etsy, where she led the company through an significant phase of growth and internationalisation. Thomas also led NPR’s transition into a digital and multimedia enterprise and was an early product leader at Amazon.com.

The home automation specialist has also announced that Thomas will serve on the company’s Compensation Committee.

“Maria brings deep digital operating and leadership experience to the board, and she has a strong track record for driving brand-based experiences that consumers embrace,” commented Martin Plaehn, chairman and chief executive officer of Control4. “We look forward to applying Maria’s vast experience and thinking to help shape our strategies, plans, and priorities as we continue to work to accelerate Control4’s growth.”

“The global smart home market potential is significant,” said Thomas. “Control4's easy-to-use products, reliable platform, broad device ecosystem, and knowledgeable pro-installer network give the company a powerful base from which to grow, and I look forward to collaborating with Control4’s directors and management to continue building the business and delivering shareholder value.”

In addition to Control4, Thomas also currently serves on the boards of McClatchy and privately-held Spoonflower. Thomas is also an active angel investor and advisor in several early-stage startups.