SKIDATA Appoints New Head of Sales – Southwest 

August 13, 2018



SKIDATA Appoints New Head of Sales – Southwest 



New Brunswick, NJ August 13th, 2018 – SKIDATA, Inc. Has Recruited John Couvrette To Replace Chris McKenty Who Has Been Promoted To New Role With Parent Company SKIDATA AG 



SKIDATA AG has announced the promotion of Chris McKenty – Head of Sales – Southwest for SKDATA, Inc. to an international position with the company. Beginning September 1st, Chris McKenty will no longer be working for SKIDATA in the United States, as he begins his new role as Sales Director Region Africa/Middle East. John Couvrette, a veteran in the parking industry, has been selected as Chris’ successor. 

Chris McKenty joined the SKIDATA team in 2015 when then-subsidiary Sentry Control Systems (now part of SKIDATA) hired him as Vice President of Sales, West Region. During his 3 years with SKIDATA, Chris has promoted, grown, and developed SKIDATA’s product lines throughout the Western United States with a steady increase in sales and structure to the organization. 

Stefan Schaffner, CEO – SKIDATA USA, said, “We wish Chris all the best in his new role and would like to thank him for his enormous contributions to the organization over the last three years.” 

Chris McKenty shared his thoughts on his time in the U.S. as well as this new opportunity, “I have really enjoyed my time in California. Good weather, great beaches, fantastic diving and wonderful people. Working with Sentry and then SKIDATA has been one of the highlights of my career and one that I will never forget. I now look forward to working with SKIDATA and the challenges that I will be presented with. I wish John good luck and welcome him to our strong organization!” 

John Couvrette has already begun reporting to the Los Angeles office and will be working with Chris McKenty to make the transition a smooth and successful one. John brings an incredible resume of experience in the parking, data, and software industries. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of San Diego and has been involved in software systems throughout his entire career. Prior to joining the SKIDATA team, he held the titles of Regional VP of Sales West & VP of Sales – PARCS for T2 Systems, Inc. 

“John is a senior sales leader with profound professional expertise who will be responsible for the continued development of the sales territories in Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. His entrepreneurial experience and incredible track record will be an asset to SKIDATA,” said Stefan Schaffner. 

John is an active member in several industry organizations including the International Parking Institute (IPI) Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee as well as the Green Parking Council Marketing Committee. In addition to his involvement in several very successful organizations, John previously worked to design and implement CASE Parking, a web-based dashboard developed to provide real-time data to both parking managers as well as parkers via smartphones, signs, and websites. John is a trailblazer in establishing high-quality standards across various organizations’ operations, accounting, sales, and marketing departments. 


SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group ( belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (, a leading provider of digital security solutions. 

SKIDATA Group ( belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (, a leading provider of digital security solutions. 


Matthew Gooley From: SKIDATA, Inc. 




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