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ETL Systems appoints new CEO as the company focuses on growth

24 January 2023
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ETL Systems, the Hereford-based global supplier of RF equipment for satellite ground stations, has appointed Kevin Dunne as its new CEO and Joanna Gower as HR Director.

Kevin brings more than 20 years’ experience in RF Systems within Satellite and Defence communications markets. Before joining ETL, he was Vice President and Managing Director of the Microwave, Microelectronics and Secure Communications Divisions of API Technologies Corporation.

Prior to API Technologies, he worked at Cobham PLC for 11 years delivering innovative SATCOM and Aerospace Communication Systems. He held the roles of VP Programmes, VP Sales & Business Development and finally VP of the Antenna Systems Division.

Ian Hilditch and Dr Esen Bayar, who have been joint CEOs of ETL for 20 years, will remain fully engaged, but with more focus on the Business Development and Technology Roadmaps respectively and less on the day-to-day running of the business.

Ian said: “We are delighted to welcome Kevin and Joanna to our team. Kevin has significant experience of leading technology companies like ETL and will bring new skills and ideas to help us unlock the next phase of our growth journey. We’ve seen significant expansion in the Satcoms market, and we will continue to build on the core principles which have helped ETL reach our current successful position - developing innovative RF technologies and solutions. Quality, RF performance, resilience and customer service will remain critical to our core ethos."

Kevin said: “I’m excited to join ETL Systems, a business well known in the Satcoms industry for its high-quality RF distribution products and remarkable innovation."

Joanna Gower, now HR Director at ETL Systems, was previously oversaw HR on a global basis for Genus PLC, where she led the delivery of the HR & People strategy across a diverse international workforce."


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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