Tait appoints new Chief Technology Officer

Tuesday, 2 February, 2016 – Christchurch, New Zealand

Iconic New Zealand technology company Tait Communications has appointed Ross Spearman as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), as the company strengthens its position as a leader in research and development for the critical communications industry.

Mr. Spearman, formerly CTO for Ericsson in Seattle, has returned to New Zealand from the U.S to succeed Trevor Laughton, who moves full-time to the role of General Manager of Tait New Zealand.

The appointments reflect a change in leadership roles aligned with Tait's focus on growing its business and maintaining its global competitiveness in the critical communications market.

Tait CEO Garry Diack said: "We are operating in a highly competitive, global and rapidly evolving sector that compels a constant focus on the future.

"We welcome Ross as CTO, leading our technology strategy as we continue to grow our future technology offerings for our customers.

"It is also very gratifying to see Kiwi talent of Ross's calibre coming back to New Zealand."

Mr. Spearman brings commercial acumen and technological competence to the role with ten years of technology development in New Zealand, Austria and the United States, and 14 years of account management experience with Tier 1 mobile operators in North America.

"I am delighted to be returning home to join Tait," said Mr. Spearman. "Tait is a New Zealand treasure and I have enjoyed watching the company grow. There are some huge opportunities for us overseas, especially in the U.S. and I am looking forward to contributing to this growth.

"This is an exciting time for me both personally, moving my family home to New Zealand, and professionally, as I have the chance to lead Tait's first class research and technology team as we explore and develop new solutions for our customers."

Mr. Spearman will be based at the Tait Technology Centre in Christchurch.