Chief Executive - appointed 2012
David was formerly Vice President Global Defence & Security at BT Global Services and he has experience of international operations, gained from his roles at GPT (Marconi), BAE Systems, Intense Limited (a phototonics high-tech start-up) and Thales Corporation. David chaired the Scottish Government’s Technology Advisory Group and, in 2005, was awarded Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology. In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, David was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to industry in Scotland. In February 2014 David was appointed as non- exec Chair of Transfer Network Ltd, a vehicle which was established in 2014 to support the work of the Technology Strategy Board - the UK’s innovation agency which is sponsored by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Chief Financial Officer - appointed 1994
Jonathan Silver joined Laird in 1986 and was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in 1994. Jonathan was previously Group Treasurer and Corporate Development Manager. He is non-executive director of INVESCO Income Growth Trust plc.
Chief Operating Officeer – appointed 2015
Tom has over 25 years in the technology industry in both private equity backed and public company settings with the last 15 years focused abroad on international markets. Tom began his career at Centurion Wireless Technologies which was acquired by Laird in 2004. Tom has led global teams in managing growth and profitability along with executing global acquisitions and implementing improved sales structures.
Chief Human Resources Officer – appointed 2008
Carolyn Koenig has over 25 years of experience in human resources, with the last 15 years in senior executive roles with her most recent roles as Chief Human Resources Officer. Carolyn has worked for many global corporations leading diverse HR teams in compensation, benefits, talent management, employee relations, process improvement and organizational design. Carolyn has held senior HR roles in companies such as MasterCard International and AG Edwards.
Chief Strategy & Technology Officer – appointed 2013
Nigel spent 15 years at Invensys PLC, ultimately as Group Head of Strategy looking after the development of the Invensys portfolio, all aspects of business planning with the operating units, and chairing the M&A committee. He has broad experience of rail transportation, industrial automation and power markets. Prior to joining Invensys, Nigel was Head of Consultancy for the National Grid’s Esis subsidiary, focusing on the design and settlement of competitive energy markets. His previous experience includes teaching artificial intelligence at the Universities of Nottingham in the UK and Le Mans in France, and working for software company Logica in its artificial intelligence lab.
General Counsel - appointed 2014
Gerhard is a dual qualified English and South African lawyer with many years of senior leadership and technology industry experience, along with deep expertise in cross-border transactional work, international legal and compliance risk management and product liability and dispute resolution. He has previously worked at major UK technology companies with global operations including Smiths PLC and Invensys PLC where he led the legal functions of several business divisions as General Counsel. Before going in-house Gerhard was an associate at the London law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where his clients included ExxonMobil, BP and UBS. Originally from South Africa, he has worked and lived in the Netherlands, UK and USA.