One Stop Systems (OSS), an edge computing solution provider, recently announced the appointment of Michael Knowles as President and CEO. Knowles was chosen to succeed David Raun, who retired on June 5th, 2023.
In making the announcement, OSS chairman Dr. Jonathan Potashner says, “We thank David Raun for his leadership in spearheading our AI Transportable vision and associated cutting-edge products, enabling us to establish footholds in new markets and preparing for our strategic initiatives in defense and AI.”
Michael Knowles has experience working for defense contractors, including Cubic Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin, and Curtiss Wright Defense Solutions. He has over 30 years of leadership experience and has experience developing technologies and products for both commercial and defense markets.
For example, OSS notes that Knowles was in charge of a $700 million global business unit with 2,000 employees as the president and GM of Cubic Corporation’s Mission and Performance Solutions business.
Knowles is a retired Navy officer, and Naval Test Pilot School graduate with an MBA from George Mason University, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and BS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Naval Academy. He was previously the VP/GM of C5ISR Systems at Curtiss Wright and President of Cubic’s Mission and Performance Solutions.
“We believe that Michael’s extensive defense experience and proven leadership will enable us to realize significant gains from the opportunities before us in both the defense and commercial sectors,” says Potashner.
In connection with his appointment, OSS provided Knowles with a grant of 400,000 restricted stock units (RSUs) and non-qualified stock options to purchase 400,000 shares of company common stock. The RSUs and stock options will vest over four years and have an exercise price equal to the closing price of the company’s common stock on June 5th, 2023.
One Stop Systems provides high-performance computing and storage products for off-road, autonomous, and AI applications in defense, trucking, farming, aircraft, drones, ships, and other vehicles. The company says that OSS addresses the AI workflow from data acquisition to training and inference with solutions that handle extreme conditions.
“I’m excited to build on the inspiring AI product suite, driving growth in both defense and commercial markets and creating a powerful business model. OSS has the foundations for a team, products and innovation mindset to succeed in the global marketplace and accelerate greater pipeline and business growth,” says Knowles.
Earlier this year, OSS was awarded a $1.3 million contract to create a vehicle visualization system using its Gen-4 PCIe switch technology. The system, which includes an OSS accelerator to minimize data transfer latency, will be integrated into military vehicles.
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