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Joshua Jensen

Josh joined Abaco as product manager for our avionics product line in June 2018, having taken a year away from industry working with NGOs in Madagascar. Based at our Goleta, CA facility, he has responsibility for the commercialization and product roadmap for hardware and software platforms. He was previously with Kollmorgen and Danaher Motion in a range of technical, commercial and product management roles. Josh has a BS in Engineering Physics from Westmont College.

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Richard Kirk

Richard graduated from the University of Manchester in 1984 with a BSc degree in Physics, and followed that in 1998 with an MBA from the Open Business School. In the interim, he’d joined Plessey Optoelectronics, part of one of the UK’s most venerable technology companies. He joined Radstone, located in Towcester, UK—subsequently acquired by GE—in 1999, and now has worldwide responsibility within Abaco's business as Director, Core Computing.

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Christopher Lever

Chris is Vice President, Corporate Development. His role at Abaco is to identify what technologies, products and expertise we need – and then to find the best way of acquiring them. He was with GE from 2006, initially responsible for our sensor processing business and then our global sales team. Prior to this assignment, Chris was responsible for Abaco’s product management. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western University, and an MBA at Dalhousie University.

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Ian McMurray

Ian McMurray started his 40-year career in the technology industry back when 4K wasn’t the latest TV resolution — it was as much memory as you needed to write a complete, integrated accounting system for a computer. He started life as a mainframe salesman but eventually succumbed to the lure of marketing, and has since held a variety of European and worldwide marketing management positions, as well as occasional forays into sales training and development. He’s now the PR guy for Abaco Systems, and is based in Towcester, England.

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Richard Mintz

Rich Mintz is a Product Marketing Manager with Abaco Systems. For over twenty-five years, Rich has worked for global electronics and automation suppliers, serving manufacturing, utility, transportation, and government sectors through his roles in engineering, product management and marketing.

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Kevin Moran

Kevin joined Abaco Systems in January of 2017 as Business Development Director focused on the autonomous market. He has over 20 years of experience in intelligent and connected vehicles and systems, with an engineering degree from the University of Michigan. 

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John Muller

John joined us as our first Chief Growth Officer towards the end of 2017, with the charter of accelerating Abaco’s growth. He was previously VP of Sales at Advantech Corporation where he had a 13 year career.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Villanova University, and also holds a Global Leadership Certification qualification from Wharton School of Busines at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Tim Owen

Tim is a field applications engineer based out of Abaco’s Towcester office and supporting customers throughout Europe. Before joining Abaco in January 2019, he held a similar role with Wind River, and also spent three years with Mercury Computer Systems. He graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Electronic Engineering: DSP and Communications. In his spare time, Tim organises and coaches youth football. 

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David Pepper

David is a senior product manager at Abaco. He joined what was then GE Fanuc in 1998 from VMIC, one of a number of companies GE acquired in building its embedded computing business. He graduated from Athens State University in 1980.

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Christophe Rabourg

Christophe is a Senior Field Application Engineer at Abaco Systems, Based in Villebon-sur-Yvette, Île-de-France, France, he has been with Abaco for five years. Christophe gained a masters degree in operating systems from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.      

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Rich Sorelle

Rich Sorelle is president and CEO of Abaco Systems. 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.

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Richard Spiesman

Richard is a 40-year veteran of the embedded computing industry. Having graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, he joined Motorola before moving on to RAMIX, who were acquired by GE in 2003. He is now product manager for Abaco's networks and communications product line.

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David Tetley

David is engineering manager of Abaco Systems' HPEC Center of Excellence in Boston, responsible for both the AXIS software suite and HPEC system development. He has a background in military signal and image processing, starting his career as a scientific officer for the UK Ministry of Defence working with lasers and missile seeker technology, and then moving into software development in the days of the Texas instruments C40 and Analog Devices Sharc processors. As engineering manager in Boston, he has led the development of the AXIS software suite and helped shape Abaco’s HPEC strategy.

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Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson is Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. He first started working on High Performance Embedded Computing systems when a 1 MFLOP machine was enough to give him a hernia while carrying it from the parking lot to a customer’s lab. He is now very happy to have 27,000 times more compute power in his phone, which weighs considerably less.

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John Thomson

John Thomson has been working on software for over thirty years, having done a degree in Computing Science in the early 80s at Glasgow University. His focus has always been networking, in particular Local Area Networks, including years working on international standards for protocols - back in the early days of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI). Having worked for a number of multinational companies (both large and small) he has been with Abaco (or its predecessors) since 2000, and leads the team of software people working on OpenWare – our Ethernet switch management suite. The OpenWare team is based in Edinburgh and California.   He and his wife took a career break for five years in the early 1990s, and were heavily involved in relief and development work (with Unicef and others) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He still claims to remember enough of the Mongolian language to ask for some very interesting foodstuffs! 

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Bill Tilman

Bill Tilman is an avionics applications engineer, and has worked in the aerospace industry – notably with MIL-STD-1553 – for over 30 years. His specialties include the architecture, design, development and test of electronic systems as well as MIL-STD-1553 training and RT validation testing. A committed fan of technology, Bill spends his spare time bicycling, hiking and camping around New Mexico, dabbling with amateur radio, working on various DIY electronics and mechanical projects.

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Brian Tithecott

Canadian Regional Sales Manager for Abaco Systems

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Mark Wade

Mark is Abaco’s Vice President for our Global Channel and Partner Ecosystem, a role he took up early in 2018. He has been with Abaco since we were formed, first as Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development and subsequently as Vice President, Commercial Operations. His prior career saw him spend 10 years with GE Intelligent Platforms. Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree with a Business/Engineering focus from Columbia College. 

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Philippe Wallior

Philippe is Software Engineering Manager at Abaco Systems, located at our European headquarters in Towcester, England. His wide-ranging responsibilities include low-level firmware, operating systems and automated test solutions. Having graduated from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Lyon, France in 1997, he joined Radstone Technology – one of the companies that became GE Intelligent Platforms, and subsequently Abaco, in 1999 as Principal Software Engineer.

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