Leadership

David Lockwood

David Lockwood OBE

Chief Executive - appointed 2012
David was formerly Vice President, Global Defence & Security within BT Global Services. Prior to this, David served as Vice President for the Defence & Security C4i Systems and Air Operations at Thales, and was Managing Director, Sensor Systems for BAE Systems. He established a start-up photonics company, Intense Limited, in 2001. Was Director for the international division of Public Networks Group in GPT and a non-executive director at Samsung Thales Corporation (Korea). Has also held positions with the UK Cabinet Office as part of the Cyber Security Industry Working Party.

 

Jonathan Silver

Jonathan Silver 

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.

 

Michael Sutsko

Michael Sutsko

President, Performance Materials – appointed 2012
Michael has over 22 years of experience in technology and business management having worked with companies such as General Electric, Halma, Porex, and W.L. Gore. He has extensive international experience gained in China, Europe and Japan. He has in-depth expertise in semiconductor technology, filtration, and materials businesses.

 

Tom Cochran

Tom Cochran

President, Wireless Systems – appointed 2008
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.

 

Carolyn Koenig

Carolyn Koenig

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.

 

Matt Mizell

Matt Mizell

Chief Information Officer – appointed 2010
Matt Mizell has been working in technology and performance improvement roles for the past 13 years. He has been in senior leadership roles for the past six years. Matt has led efforts in the investment industry, the banking industry and the manufacturing industry in several areas including online learning, process improvement, software development, merger and acquisition integration, business intelligence and data mining and technology architecture and strategy.

 

Nigel Major

Nigel Major

Chief Strategy & Technology Officer – appointed 2013
Nigel spent 15 years at Invensys PLC and served as the Group Head of Strategy and chaired their M&A committee. He also worked at National Grid prior to Invensys PLC where he led Logica and the consultancy division of the wholesale settlement services business. He has 20 years of experience in business strategy for international technology organisations and has worked on numerous artificial intelligence projects in the past.

 

Gerhard du Plessis

Gerhard du Plessis

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.

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Dr Martin Read CBE, Chairman. MA, DPhil, FIET.

Martin joined Laird in February 2014 as a non executive director and was appointed Chairman on 2 May.

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