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Tom Ryall joins ExoTechnologies

ExoTechnologies has appointed Colonel Tom Ryall MBE as MD of its maritime defence division.

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Colonel Tom Ryall MBE is the new MD of ExoTechnologies martine defence division
Colonel Tom Ryall MBE is the new MD of ExoTechnologies martine defence division

ExoTechnologies has appointed Colonel Tom Ryall MBE as MD of its maritime defence division.

The company, which owns Glasgow boatbuilder Ultimate Boats, says Colonel Ryall will lead its international expansion and innovation in the maritime defence market, focusing on small boats, unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), and advanced autonomous technologies.

Colonel Ryall, who was previously in Royal Marines and Specialist Units brings experience of strategic leadership, defence innovation, and operational expertise.

His 20-year-career included roles in the development and integration of military and dual-use technologies.

“We are excited to welcome Colonel Ryall to our team,” said ExoTechnologies’ founder Shane Mugan. “His proven track record in leading-edge defence innovation aligns with our mission to transform the maritime defence sector.

Strategic planning

“His expertise in autonomous systems and strategic planning will be instrumental to growing our defence business.”

In his new role, Colonel Ryall will oversee the development of 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, a collaboration between The Ministry of Defence, Dorset Council and Dorset Local Enterprise.

Colonel Ryall said: “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 for the maritime defence market.”

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