Douglas, Isle of Man: ExoTechnologies, a pioneer in maritime defence technology solutions, November 28 announced the appointment of Colonel Tom Ryall as the new Managing Director of its Defence business, effective from January 8, 2024. Colonel Ryall will lead the company’s international expansion and innovation in the maritime defence market, focusing on small boats, unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), and advanced autonomous technologies.
Colonel Tom Ryall, a distinguished figure in the Royal Marines and Specialist Units, brings to ExoTechnologies a wealth of experience in strategic leadership, defence innovation, and operational expertise. His remarkable career, spanning over two decades, includes pivotal roles in the development and integration of cutting-edge military and dual-use technologies, making him an ideal fit to lead ExoTechnologies’ Defence business. Notably, he led the pioneering XV PATRICK BLACKETT project, and the next-generation capabilities programme for the Future Commando Force, and implemented a high-performance and resilience program that significantly improved operational efficiency.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Colonel Ryall to our team. His proven track record and visionary approach in leading-edge defence innovation align perfectly with our mission to transform the maritime defence sector. His expertise in autonomous systems and strategic planning will be instrumental in advancing our Defence business,” said Shane Mugan, CEO of ExoTechnologies.
In his new role, Colonel Ryall will oversee the development and integration of cutting-edge maritime solutions, ranging from high-performance tactical craft to fast assault craft and autonomous unmanned surface vehicles. He is also set to establish ExoTechnologies’ presence at the Defence BattleLab, fostering collaborations and driving technological advancements forward in the maritime defence market.
Reflecting on his new position, Colonel Ryall stated, “I am delighted to join ExoTechnologies and look forward to applying my experience in defence innovation to advance the company’s strategic goals in the maritime sector. I am passionate about harnessing technology to redefine defence capabilities and deliver the best capabilities to frontline operators. I eagerly anticipate leading ExoTechnologies’ Defence business, delivering innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of the maritime defence market.”
Colonel Ryall’s appointment is a testament to ExoTechnologies’ commitment to excellence and innovation in the defence industry. His leadership is expected to accelerate the company’s growth in the maritime defence sector, enhancing its portfolio of advanced defence solutions and reinforcing its position as a leader in the field.