SEATTLE — Transportation technology supplier Zonar has hired Ian McKerlich as chief strategy officer.

McKerlich will be responsible for driving Zonar’s corporate strategy and product delivery. Company officials said that he will work closely with Zonar’s customers and partners to understand their business demands and align Zonar’s product development strategy to meet their needs.

“Zonar is in a mode of hyper-growth. Ian’s wealth of expertise in mobile, product and business strategy is exactly what we need to help drive our company to the next level,” said Brett Brinton, co-founder and CEO of Zonar Systems. “Ian is a technology visionary, but understands the importance of meaningful, impactful innovation. Ian is the perfect fit to apply innovation to catalyze what our customers are able to achieve with Zonar technology.”

Prior to joining Zonar, McKerlich was vice president of product at RootMetrics, a provider of network performance management and analytics. In that role, he was responsible for strategy and product development. Before RootMetrics, McKerlich was vice president of product management at T-Mobile, responsible for services and apps.

“Since before the term ‘Internet of Things’ was invented, the Zonar team was combining technology and mobility to create connected intelligence solutions to help transportation companies operate more safely and efficiently,” McKerlich said. “I’m excited to be part of the team at Zonar and help in its next phase of growth.”

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