LONDON Sarantel, which designs and manufactures of proprietary miniature antennas for portable and wireless devices, has added two executives to strengthen its senior management team.
Bill Taylor joins as chief operating officer and Andrew Christie as director of engineering. Taylor will oversee Sarantel's specialist 3D photolithography manufacturing plant and its transition to high volume antenna manufacturing. He has over 25 years of experience in electronics manufacturing and managing high growth, high volume environments and prior to joining Sarantel, was European senior director of operations at CEM, Jabil. Hehas also held senior logistics and operations roles at Motorola PCS.
Christie will oversee design and development engineering, focusing on new product development and rollout. He was previously a senior engineering manager at RFMD where he led the applications and product engineering groups. He has worked with all major handset manufacturers and ODM's to develop power amplifiers for every major wireless standard and spent 12 months in Korea improving the company's processes for technical support, quality control and product release.
David Wither, CEO, Sarantel said, “Sarantel is entering a phase of accelerated growth as a result of securing a series of significant contracts across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. The market potential for Sarantel's groundbreaking GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G products is phenomenal. Bill and Andrew are familiar with the demands of anticipated high growth and will be key to putting in place the processes, which will facilitate the high volume manufacturing of current and future antenna technology.”
The company has an engineering team and as well as laser and robotic manufacturing facilities in the UK. There was a four-fold increase in sales of Sarantel's GeoHelix antennas in 2004 and continued high demand for its products is anticipated in 2005.