Horizon Technologies, the innovative SIGINT hardware and space-driven intelligence data company announced the appointments of three new board members:
Rakesh Sharma, OBE FREng CPhys MInstP
Chairman of the Board
Rakesh Sharma is a former FTSE 250 CEO with 20 years experience in running international hi-tech engineering and manufacturing businesses. He was instrumental in the growth of Ultra Electronics Holdings plc, the LSE-listed group that specialises in providing engineering solutions for mission-critical systems in the defence, security, critical detection and control markets, latterly serving for six years as CEO. He also sits on the Board of LSE-listed PayPoint plc and AIM listed Kromek Group plc. Additionally, he supports a range of small businesses and entrepreneurs in a non-executive capacity. Sharma was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016 and was awarded the OBE in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to defence capability. In 2018 he received the Freedom of the City of London, by redemption, and was subsequently elected as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers.
Nick Lambert, Rear Admiral (ret.)
A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. Lambert advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the growing potential of the blue economy concept, the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of e-Navigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real-time situational awareness (especially that derived from space-based assets and applications), maritime connectivity and cyber security, human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector. He has a particular interest in the Polar Regions and is also engaged in a variety of situational awareness, fisheries and aquaculture management, marine autonomous systems and vessel efficiency projects.
Dr. Niel Kempson, CB FREng
Niel Kempson worked for GCHQ for 42 years, most recently as the Director-General for Technology—the most senior cyber technologist in UK Government. At the heart of British intelligence, he was responsible for science and technology, from blue-sky research through to operational deployment and management. He was at the forefront of GCHQ’s success in harnessing data analysis technologies for intelligence and cyber security missions. Kempson has also served on an Executive Advisory Board for a global multi-billion-dollar IT services company, and as a Non-Executive Director on the oversight board of a national research and development agency. He was a Member of the National Security Council (Officials) for Science and Technology, contributing to the development of national policy and strategy for the threats and opportunities posed by technology-related threats (specifically including cyber). In recognition of his contribution to technology and national security, Kempson was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2018. Kempson retired from Government service at the end of 2018 and is now pursuing his second career in the private sector. He is advising a number of organizations—from startups to multinationals—on cyber, data exploitation and innovation.
Horizon Aerospace Technologies is a world leader in SIGINT systems for manned and unmanned ISR aircraft, and Horizon Space Technologies is the prime contractor for the Amber™ constellation of CubeSats which will provide maritime intelligence data to the Royal Navy and other customers by the end of 2021.
John Beckner, CEO of Horizon Technologies, stated, “I am thrilled and honored to welcome Rakesh, Nick, and Niel to our board. Each of these individuals are recognized as the most highly accomplished member in their fields. Together, with our shared vision, they will prove invaluable to Horizon Technologies’ global expansion. Demand for our airborne products has grown drastically over the past year and has never been higher. With the launch of our first Amber™ CubeSat later this year, our Horizon Space Technologies segment will enter the maritime intelligence data market using data from our unique RF datasets.”
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Horizon Technologies is a Global Leader in Innovative SIGINT and Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Intelligence Solutions. Horizon Technologies recently completed its Series A funding round with Maven Capital Partners and Virgin Money.
Horizon Aerospace Technologies is a world leader in airborne Sat Phone monitoring systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, equipping governments worldwide by enhancing their SIGINT capabilities. We are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the FlyingFish™ BlackFish™ SIGINT systems which are in operation on numerous platforms worldwide. We participate daily in SAR missions via NATO and FRONTEX in the Mediterranean Sea and are heavily involved in international operations around the globe.
Horizon Space Technologies is the prime contractor for the UK Government’s Amber™ program. The Amber™ Program will consist of Amber™ CubeSats in multiple orbital planes providing global Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) data to NMIC (led by the Royal Navy).