Will Franks has served on the board of Telensa for two years, and has a track record of leading tech companies through the transition needed to sustain rapid international growth. He is best known as the co-founder and CTO of Ubiquisys, the UK pioneer of miniaturised “small cell” cellular access points, that was acquired by Cisco in 2013 for $310m.
Franks will lead the company’s continued transformation as it embarks upon the next phase of its global growth strategy, building on profitable revenue growth of over 50% in each of the past two years.
“Telensa is defined by technology innovation, commitment to customers and commercial acumen, and that is reflected in our strong record of profitable growth. I’m delighted to be joining Telensa to build on this success and drive the next phase of our IoT growth strategy ,” said Will Franks, CEO, Telensa.
Will Gibson, Telensa’s current CEO and co-founder, will take on the new role of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) as company is preparing to launch a new range of smart city products with new partners in new markets. He will lead all customer, partner, sales and marketing activity in the new role of Chief Commercial Officer.
Telensa has enjoyed profitable organic growth since it was formed in 2005. In January 2016, the company completed its first funding round, raising $18m from Environmental Technologies Fund and Silicon Valley Bank to accelerate international growth.