January 11, 2005: Cellular Design Services (“CDS”), which provides wireless network solutions for complex, high-usage environments, has appointed Simon Saunders as Chief Executive Officer.
Simon Saunders (aged 38) was formerly Chief Technology Officer of CDS, and is a specialist in mobile communications systems. He has worked for leading mobile companies such as Motorola, Ascom and Philips Telecom, is a Visiting Professor to the Centre for Communication Systems Research at the University of Surrey, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Roger Jeynes, Chief Operating Officer of Interregnum plc, the technology merchant bank, who has been acting as interim COO of CDS since its acquisition by Interregnum in February 2004, becomes a non-executive director of CDS. Dr John Forrest, CBE remains Chairman of CDS.
Commenting on this appointment, Roger Jeynes said: “Since Interregnum acquired CDS nearly 12 months ago, John Forrest and his team have led a substantial financial turnaround in the business, achieving a net after tax profit of £96k in 2004 (2003: loss of £272k) and generating positive net cash flow of £232k (2003: negative £132k). More significantly, they have focused CDS on higher-margin, complex wireless infrastructure work, leading to deeper business relationships with operators such as O2, 3, T-Mobile, and BT, with equipment vendors such as Nokia, and with large property owners such as BAA; Simon Saunders has been critical to this transformation of the business.”
Notes to Editor
- Cellular Design Services (www.cdseurope.com) provides wireless network solutions for complex high-usage environments, with particular capabilities in shared infrastructure. Founded in 1995, CDS has enabled the design, deployment and successful management of several hundred 2G, 3G, PMR, WLAN and broadcast systems.
- Professor Simon R Saunders, PhD, BSc, FIEE, CEng joined CDS in 1999 and has specialised in mobile communication systems throughout his career in both industry and academia. He is the author of over 100 papers in learned journals and international conferences and of the successful book "Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems", published by John Wiley & Sons in 1999. He is the inventor of some 15 patents spanning a wide range of wireless technologies. Simon has worked for leading mobile companies such as Philips, Ascom and Motorola on private mobile radio, paging and digital cellular systems. For 7 years Simon lectured in the Centre for Communication Systems Research at The University of Surrey conducting prize-winning research on improving understanding of the mobile radio propagation channel and mobile system and air interface design methods. He is now a Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers. Prof. Saunders has a first class honours degree and a PhD from Brunel University
- Interregnum plc (www.interregnum.com), the AIM-listed technology merchant bank (symbol: ITR), invests and takes principal finance positions in technology companies and advises corporates, government, technology entrepreneurs, advisors and investors on issues such as corporate finance, IP exploitation and commercial due diligence.
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