Scottish radio technology company Sofant Technologies has appointed a new vice president of operations and a new non-executive director.
The new operations VP is Gary Morton, who joined from AAC Clyde Space where, as head of production, he restructured satellite operations to build, test and deliver multiple Cubesat spacecraft simultaneously.
He has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, working with companies including Motorola, Atmel, Wolfson Microelectronics and Cirrus Logic.
Craig Samuel joins the board, bringing more than 25 years of industry experience, with executive leadership positions in the UK, US and Chinese companies including Jersey Telecom, UT Starcom, Unisys Corporation, Hewlett Packard Corporation , Compaq and BP.
His previous responsibilities include chief technology officer, head of technology and head of strategy.
Samuel has founded six technology start-ups in the UK and US, as well as working closely with the US Government on defense, national security and civilian programs. He is a regular advisor to private equity and venture groups on both sides of the Atlantic, and has held numerous board or advisory positions at private firms.
The appointments follow the Edinburgh-based company’s new € 7.3m contract from the European Space Agency to deliver a low-power satellite communications terminal to make it easier for people in remote locations to access -online.
Applying patented radio frequency microelectromechanical systems, Sofant’s technology solves the most urgent power consumption and heat problems faced by the next generation of 5G and satellite communications systems.
The business has launched the first phase of Series A funding, and is expected to triple its number from 16 to 48 this year, with tasks including antenna and component product design, product and software engineering.
David Wither, chief executive at Sofant, said: “Craig’s extensive experience, deep sector knowledge and extensive network will greatly help the company as we move into the next phase of development.
“Gary’s wide range of operational experience, including MEMS production for high-volume, short-term consumer electronics applications will also be invaluable as we prepare to scale our technology platform.”
Morton said: “I look forward to delivering the next phase of Sofant’s growth and development strategy.
“The company has designed a platform that is truly innovative, and I will focus on implementing an operational structure that utilizes proven supply partners to deliver our technology cost-effectively to the market. on time and within budget. “
Samuel added: “Having worked in Silicon Valley and around the world in a variety of senior leadership and board positions for private and public technology companies, I am excited to work with David and the Sofant Board on their journey. to transform SatCom and Wireless networks using their latest technology.
“Their team and solutions are truly world class, and will be key to helping power the next phase of our journey of transforming communication around the world.”
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