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Yardarm secures top Microsoft exec as CEO


April 26, 2017 — Santa Cruz, CA

Yardarm Technologies, Inc., a Capitola startup, was founded over three years ago by Bob Stewart has Kirsten Kliphouse, a 25 year Microsoft veteran as the company’s new CEO. Yardarm is a leader in technology solutions for law enforcement, private security and the military with a focus on the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) space. Ms. Kliphouse brings extensive executive experience from Microsoft where she served on the senior leadership team and built a world-class global ecosystem for innovative technology, products and services. Bob remains deeply involved and continues as chairman of the Yardarm board of directors.

“Kirsten is on a short list of the very best senior executives in the United States and is the right person to lead the company in its next stage of growth,” said Bob Stewart. “Her executive leadership experience, passion for serving customers on a global scale, and unmatched business savvy will take Yardarm to the next level.”

Most recently Kirsten served as Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Customer Service and Support, responsible for leading a direct team of over 10,000 technology experts and over 25,000 partners to deliver world class Customer Care. Before her role as Corporate Vice President, Kliphouse served as the Vice President of Microsoft’s Enterprise Sales and Partner Group, where she led a team of more than 1,000 sales and marketing professionals delivering business critical technology solutions and innovation to more than 600 of Microsoft’s largest global commercial customers.

“I’m incredibly excited to join the Yardarm team,” said Kirsten. “The company has the right combination of technology and vision to fill an urgent need in the market that will allow Yardarm to transform public safety and become critical equipment for every law enforcement agency worldwide. I’m honored to join a team of people dedicated to building community trust and protecting first responders who risk their lives every day.”

About Yardarm
A technology leader in public safety Internet-of-Things, Yardarm Technologies, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing first responder safety, building community trust, and empowering departments to make decisions that save lives. Yardarm patented Gun Aware™ and Holster Aware™ technology enables smart, wearable solutions that automatically activate body-worn cameras, capture detailed forensic firearm data and communicate critical weapon events to dispatch, even if the officer cannot. For more information, visit



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