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Wireless Ronin CEO Mack steps down

MINNEAPOLIS — Wireless Ronin Technologies Inc., a Minneapolis-based digital signage solutions provider, has announced the resignation of chief executive Jeffrey Mack. The board has appointed Target Corporation veteran and current Wireless Ronin board member Stephen Birke, as interim president and CEO.

This change is effective immediately. Under the board’s direction, Wireless Ronin is beginning a search for a permanent president and CEO. The board also appointed Greg Barnum, the company’s lead director, as chairman.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank Jeff for his leadership and service over the past few years and his efforts in establishing Wireless Ronin’s formidable position in the digital signage industry,” said Greg Barnum, Wireless Ronin’s board chairman. “We are also delighted to appoint Steve Birke as the company’s interim president and CEO. We are confident that Steve’s extensive leadership expertise and significant retail and merchandising background will serve Wireless Ronin well as the company moves forward.”

Birke was appointed to the board of directors in July 2008. A 38-year veteran of Target Corporation before his retirement, Birke served as vice president and general merchandise manager where he played a key role in defining Target’s merchandising platform.

“This is an exciting time to step into this role for Wireless Ronin,” Birke said. “We are a recognized leader in the digital signage industry. Understandably, the current economic climate has created substantial headwinds across the entire corporate landscape. However, there remains considerable enthusiasm for RoninCast software in the marketplace and we continue to vigorously pursue contract negotiations with our prospects. I am confident that we possess the technology, team and focus to maximize the opportunities before us.”