Anokiwave announced the appointment of Alastair Upton as senior vice president of business development. In this role, he will lead the company’s strategic accounts, manage partnership programs and provide telecommunications expertise to the company.

Upton joined Anokiwave in June of 2018, bringing 38 years experience in the semiconductor industry, covering both defense electronics and high volume commercial applications at GE Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, RF Micro Devices (now Qorvo), MACOM and IDT. He has served in multiple leadership roles, including senior director of RF product marketing, VP of engineering, director of carrier networks business unit and general manager of the digital cellular product line. With global experience across several generations of technology and networks, Upton has a uniquely comprehensive perspective on telecommunications and RF markets.

He earned a master's degree in executive engineering at the University of Pennsylvania after receiving a bachelor of science in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Leeds in England.

This appointment comes at a strategic time for Anokiwave, facing significant opportunities for the growth of millimeter wave systems in the 5G, SATCOM and A&D markets.

“Alastair is a seasoned executive in the telecommunications industry and is already taking Anokiwave to higher levels of millimeter wave market leadership by leading the O-RAN Alliance efforts and by providing new thought leadership in our 5G market strategy. I am confident Alastair’s leadership, along with his vast industry knowledge and depth of experience, is the perfect mix of expertise that will be beneficial to the continued growth and success of Anokiwave.” — Carl Frank, Anokiwave COO

Upton will be based at the company’s office in Billerica, Massachusetts.