Radio technology company signals growth with senior hires
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 joins 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’ experience in the semiconductor industry, having worked for 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 have included 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 in defence, national security and civilian programmes. He is a regular adviser to private equity and venture groups on both sides of the Atlantic, and holds several private company board or advisory positions.
The appointments follow the Edinburgh-based company’s recent €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 get online.
Applying patented radio frequency microelectromechanical systems, Sofant’s technology solves the most pressing power consumption and heat problems faced by the next generation of 5G and satellite communications systems.
The business has launched its first Series A funding round, and expects to triple its headcount from 16 to 48 this year, with roles including antenna and product design to component, product and software engineering.
David Wither, chief executive at Sofant, said: “Craig’s extensive experience, deep sector knowledge and broad network will be extremely helpful to the company as we progress to the next phase of development.
“Gary’s broad range of operational experience, including manufacturing MEMS for high-volume, low-cost consumer electronics applications will also be invaluable as we prepare to scale our technology platform.”
Morton said: “I’m looking forward to delivering on the next phase of Sofant’s growth and development strategy.
“The company has designed a platform that is genuinely scalable, and I will be focused on implementing an operational structure that leverages proven supply partners to deliver our cost-effective technology to market on time and within budget.”
Samuel added: “Having worked in Silicon Valley and across the globe in various senior leadership and board positions for both private and public technology companies, I am excited to be working with David and the Sofant Board on their journey to revolutionise SatCom and Wireless networks using their cutting-edge technology.
“Their team and solutions are truly world-class, and will become key to helping power the next phase of our worldwide communication transformation journey.”
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