Team

Fotech's Leadership Team

Our senior leadership team each have decades of experience across all areas of technology and innovation, bringing their passion, expertise and wisdom to our portfolio of innovative products and solutions. 

Explore their roles and contact individual team members below.

Chris Shannon
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Chris Shannon

Chief Executive Officer

Chris has spent the last 30 years growing tech companies from start-ups to thriving technology hubs. Using his dynamic energy and decades of experience in the photonic and electronic industries he has helped realise numerous cutting-edge technologies, bringing them to market and guiding those organisations to the next stage in their evolution. As he has done throughout, Chris, now leading Fotech, continues to push past perceived boundaries to deliver truly innovative solutions to those around him – the greatest frontier being the digitisation of our cities with a billion sensors.

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Gary Connel

Chief Financial Officer

Gary qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.  Since then he has accumulated 30 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas and Tech sectors carrying out acquisitions, disposals, and bank funding.  This included three years in his first CFO role in Texas, USA.  More recently Gary has worked with Private Equity backed SME’s included the successful sale of Red Spider to Haliburton. 

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Gary Connel
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Maria Shiao
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Maria Shiao

Chief Sales Officer

Maria's significant experience in building new solutions and ecosystems across digital and physical industries, sees her lead the team's go-to-market strategy and sales excellence to drive global alliances and partner ecosystems. With a passion for Smart Cities and the smart energy/sustainability sector, Maria brings 20 years’ experience developing new businesses and markets for leading telecoms and IT companies such as AT&T, IBM, and Cisco and is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and serves on the Built Environment Executive as Future Cities lead. Maria holds a BS (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in Electronics from Télécom Paris, and an MBA (Honors) from ESSEC International Business School. 

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Susan Moritz

Chief Operating Officer

With experience in building and managing global teams, Susan is a senior project and operations leader and brings 20 years experience working in the specialist software and hospitality sectors. Susan has worked with organisations of all sizes to manage change and deliver transformation and to identify challenges and provide solutions that increase growth, durability, and longevity.

Susan has a Master Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at the University of York, and an MSc in International Hotel Management from the University of Surrey. She speaks German and French.

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Susan Moritz
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Stuart Large
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Stuart Large

Product Line Director and Business Development

As Fotech’s Product Line Director, Stuart works closely with partners to listen, understand, develop and deliver cutting-edge solutions for a diverse range of markets and business challenges. Stuart has given particular focus to Smart Cities and Intelligent Transport, championing Fotech’s vision. Prior to joining the Fotech team, Stuart spent sixteen years in the oil & gas upstream sector, initially as an International Field Engineer, moving into Sales and then Product Management. Stuart brings extensive experience in the management of innovation and business development in rapid growth, high-tech businesses. Stuart holds a Master of Engineering degree from Cambridge University. 

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Ian Deacon

Channel & Operations Director

Ian brings 30+ years’ experience of successful operations management in high technology arenas including seismology instrumentation and oil and gas downhole solutions with companies such as Sondex, where he was General Manager, helping them through their integration into GE. He is responsible for Fotech’s strategic direction for solutions deployment globally.

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Ian Deacon
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David Tucker
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David Tucker

Head of Engineering

David directs the activities of Fotech’s highly skilled software and hardware engineering teams.  He oversees a range of projects, from system architecture design to software development, to ensure high quality products are consistently delivered to our clients. With over 30 years of experience, working as an electronics engineer, software engineer, project manager and engineer manager, at companies big and small, David brings a wealth of experience to Fotech – helping to drive excellence at the core of our organisation.

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