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Press Release / August 18, 2022

Inductive Automation Announces New C-Level Technology and Security Roles

Company Adds Chief Technology Evangelist, Chief Technology Architect, and Chief Information Security Officer

FOLSOM, Calif. (August 18, 2022) — Inductive Automation, a leading industrial automation software company, today announced a new round of C-level promotions that will help facilitate the company’s continued growth and expansion. Travis Cox has been promoted to the new role of Chief Technology Evangelist, Kevin McClusky to the new role of Chief Technology Architect, and Jason Waits to the new role of Chief Information Security Officer.

These promotions follow an earlier round of leadership changes in late July, when CEO and Founder Steve Hechtman and COO Wendi-Lynn Hechtman announced they were delegating their C-level roles to focus on their roles as the Executive Chairmen of the Board of Directors, and promoted Colby Clegg to CEO, Kat Robinett to COO, and Carl Gould to CTO.

Inductive Automation’s key product, Ignition by Inductive Automation®, is an industrial application platform with tools for building solutions in human-machine interface (HMI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

As Chief Technology Evangelist, Travis Cox will undertake a variety of responsibilities with the overarching goal of raising awareness of industry trends, modern technologies, open standards, and the many possibilities of the Ignition platform. Cox will communicate through a variety of formats, including presenting at conferences and events, meetings with industry leaders, and providing media interviews.

“I have never seen anyone walk away from a meeting with Travis not being more convinced and enthusiastic about our software, and I can’t wait to see him dive into this role,” says Inductive Automation CEO Colby Clegg.

As Chief Technology Architect, Kevin McClusky will work to help drive widespread adoption of Ignition, work closely with some of the world’s most innovative companies, provide long-term architectural guidance, and provide vital feedback to the CEO and CTO about customer needs, customer and industry trends, new technology adoption, and any identified threats or risks to the company.

“Kevin has guided many, many customers towards robust enterprise-wide Ignition adoption. As we push deeper into expansive distributed and enterprise solutions, Kevin will work in his new role to help ensure that our customers, technology, and company are well-equipped to meet the needs of modern industry,” says Clegg.

As CTE and CTA, Travis Cox and Kevin McClusky will work closely with Inductive Automation's Chief Strategy Officer, Don Pearson, to expand the market and partnership growth of the ever-expanding Ignition ecosystem of solutions.

As Chief Information Security Officer, Jason Waits will maintain a central and high-level view into the needs of Inductive Automation’s entire ecosystem, from the company to its products and everything in between. This new role is a natural progression for Waits, who was part of the first-place team in 2017 US Cyber Challenge, and has functioned as IA's resident security expert for several years.

“Information Security is truly one of the most crucial topics in our industry, and having Jason in this role is a clear indication of how IA is dedicated to leading the industry in making cyber security a priority,” says Clegg.

Cox, McClusky, and Waits are the first individuals to hold their respective new roles at the company. All three of them will work alongside the other C-level leaders, under the guidance of the Board of Directors, to push company goals further and continue to increase the reach of Ignition in the marketplace.

About Inductive Automation
Inductive Automation creates industrial software that empowers organizations to swiftly turn great ideas into reality by removing all technological and economic obstacles. By cross-pollinating IT with SCADA technologies, Inductive Automation created Ignition software, the first universal industrial application platform with unlimited potential. Ignition empowers industrial organizations around the world and in virtually every industry, with an outstanding software platform and top-notch support. For more information, visit

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