Leadership Team


Rich Sorelle

President & CEO
Prior to joining Abaco, Rich Sorelle spent his entire career in the defense industry with extended spells at Grumman Corporation and most recently with Exelis, where he headed up the Electronic Systems division that specializes in technologies for the warfighter.

Mr. Sorelle’s role at Abaco is to ensure the company executes on its commitments to its people, its investors and, most importantly, its customers.


John Muller

Chief Growth Officer

Mr. Muller is responsible for Abaco's worldwide commercial functions and go to market teams including business development, sales, marketing, channels, commercial operations and product management.

His history with mil/aero extends back to the F22 program at the beginning of his career. Since then, he has held a number of senior executive roles as VP & GM for technology companies. He brings substantial COTS expertise and multi vertical experience with over 20 years in embedded computing.


Bill Read

Chief Financial Officer
As well as the usual responsibilities of a CFO, Bill Read’s role is to work with the Abaco leadership team to help develop strategies that will strengthen the company’s competitive position, accelerate its growth and help serve its customers.

Prior to joining Abaco, Mr. Read held a number of senior financial positions with Teledyne, BBB Industries, and Harmar. He has an MBA from the Massey School at Belmont University and holds certifications as a CPA and CMA.


Chris Cummins

Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Cummins is responsible for Abaco’s global manufacturing, quality, supply chain, engineering, program management, and lean/operational excellence functions. Previously in his career, he specialized in leading turnarounds in engineering and operations by driving improved customer service with lean system methods, removing waste and developing continuous improvement cultures.

At Abaco, Mr. Cummins is driving value creation through excellence in customer service, and his goal is to ensure the company delivers the innovative, quality products its customers want – when they want them.


Betsy Gifford

VP, Human Resources
Betsy Gifford’s role is to oversee the organization’s global development, employee relations, compensation, benefits, workforce management, and diversity initiatives to ensure Abaco’s people are prepared to meet and exceed its customer and stakeholder expectations.

Prior to Abaco, Ms. Gifford amassed more than 15 years of global leadership experience in the tier one and tier two automotive manufacturing industry and served as an executive in the wholesale trades market.


Chris Lever

VP, Corporate Development
Abaco has ambitious plans to expand the breadth and depth of solutions it offers to its customers. Chris Lever’s role is to identify what technologies, products and expertise the company needs – and then to find the best way of acquiring them.

Mr. Lever was with GE from 2006, initially responsible for the sensor processing business and then the global sales team. Prior to this assignment, he was responsible for Abaco’s product management.



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