Radio tech company reports growth with senior executive hires

Scottish radio technology company Sofant Technologies has appointed a new vice president of operations and a new non-executive director.

The new vice president of operations is Gary Morton, who joins AAC Clyde Space where, as head of production, he restructured satellite operations to build, test and deliver multiple Cubesat spacecraft simultaneously.

He has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, having worked for companies such as Motorola, Atmel, Wolfson Microelectronics and Cirrus Logic.

Craig Samuel joins the board, bringing over 25 years of industry experience, with senior roles in 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, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Strategy Officer.

Samuel has founded six tech start-ups in the UK and US, and has worked closely with the US government across defence, national security and civilian programs. He regularly advises private equity and venture capital groups on both sides of the Atlantic and holds several consultancy or consultancy positions in private companies.

Sofant’s new non-executive director, Craig Samuel

The appointments follow the Edinburgh-based company’s recent €7.3 million contract with the European Space Agency to deliver a low-power satellite communications terminal to help connect people online. located in remote locations.

By applying patented radio frequency micro-electromechanical systems, Sofant’s technology solves the most pressing power and heat consumption issues facing the next generation of 5G and satellite communication systems.

The company launched its first round of Series A funding and plans to triple its workforce from 16 to 48 this year, with roles ranging from antenna and product design to component, product and system engineering. software.

David Wither, Sofant’s Managing Director, said, “Craig’s extensive experience, deep industry knowledge and extensive network will serve the company extremely well as we move forward into the next phase of development.

“Gary’s extensive 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 look forward to delivering the next phase of Sofant’s growth and development strategy.

“The company has designed a truly scalable platform, and I will focus on implementing an operational structure that leverages proven supply partners to deliver our cost-effective technology to market on time and on time. budget limits.

Samuel added, “Having worked in Silicon Valley and around the world in various leadership and board positions for private and public technology companies, I am delighted to work with David and the Sofant Board of Directors. in their journey to revolutionize SatCom and wireless networks using their cutting-edge technology.

“Their team and solutions are truly world-class and will become essential in helping to propel the next phase of our global communications transformation journey.”

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