Jonathan Ladd, President and CEO of NovAtel Inc. has announced the appointments of Patrick Fenton to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Tony Murfin to the position of Vice President, Business Development, and Graham Purves to the position of Vice President, Sales. “These appointments support NovAtel’s growth strategy,” said Ladd.
As CTO, Mr. Fenton will focus on several new strategic technology initiatives that will be the engine for the Company’s expanding product portfolio and increasing market share. He previously held the position of Vice President, Technology at NovAtel. He has been with the Company since 1989. Mr. Fenton holds a key role in developing core products for NovAtel that have positioned the Company on the leading edge of GPS technology. He made his mark on the GPS industry as inventor of the Narrow Correlator technology. This technology and follow-on multipath reduction techniques have revolutionized the accuracy of the public accessible C/A code GPS signal, leading the way to sub-meter positioning.
Mr. Murfin will continue to be responsible for the Company’s Aviation product lines and maintaining a leading position in this market sector. His new responsibilities include driving business expansion through acquisitions, new and existing joint ventures and subsidiaries, and teaming arrangements in new markets. Mr. Murfin previously held the position of Director, Aviation at NovAtel. He has been with the Company for eight years. His pivotal role in establishing NovAtel’s WAAS receiver has resulted in key programs in the US, Japan, Europe and China. His most recent accomplishments include the NovAtel LAAS receiver programs, receiver development programs for the new European Galileo satellite navigation system, and the GPS/MEMS integration program.
As VP, Sales, Mr. Purves will be responsible for reestablishing and expanding the Company’s distribution channels and overall sales strategy. He was previously VP, Sales & Marketing with responsibility for OEM operations. Mr. Purves has been with NovAtel since 1988 and has held key roles in Engineering, Operations, Product Development and Sales. Mr. Purves was also responsible for securing the relationships with BEELINE Technologies, Inc. and Leica Geosystems AG. In his new role he will continue to develop these key accounts while expanding NovAtel’s global sales presence.