John Kirsten, a Principal for 20 years with Diablo Management Group, has spent more than 30 years in the high-technology industry, specializing in mergers & acquisitions, domestic and international business development, turnaround and crisis management, interim management, and executive general management.
During a three year hiatus from DMG, he worked as a partner with Parallax Capital Partners LLC, a private equity acquisition firm. Prior to Parallax, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Biometric Security Division of Identix, Inc. a manufacturer of fingerprint-enabled security systems, and Vice President of International Operations for Objectivity, an object database provider.
From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Kirsten was a principal with Diablo Management Group. During this period, he held a variety of interim management positions including Vice President of International Operations for Aonix, COO of Interactive Development Environments, Vice President of European Operations for Visual Numerics, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of Ahead Technology. In addition to his executive management positions, Mr. Kirsten has completed a number of specialty consulting assignments including management of bankruptcy processes and litigation support, financial restructuring, corporate relocations, real estate transactions and due diligence processes.
Prior to DMG, Mr. Kirsten spent more than 15 years in technology manufacturing, holding Vice President of Operations positions with Shugart Corp., Lasertron Inc. and Orion Research, and Manufacturing Directors positions with Compugraphic and Exxon.