Martin Harriman appointed to board of small cell wireless backhaul specialists CCS


Martin Harriman, one of the industry’s most experienced telecoms entrepreneurs and executives, has been appointed to the board of Cambridge Communication Systems (CCS) Limited, the company announces today. With a board-level career spanning over 25 years, Martin brings to CCS extensive experience in both start-up and blue-chip telecoms business management, including executive leadership roles at BT, Ericsson and Telefónica.

Martin’s appointment strengthens an already impressive board team, whose wide-ranging telecoms experience encompasses the creation of start-ups to building large, multinational businesses.

Commenting on his appointment, Martin said: “CCS is a really innovative company operating in one of the most dynamic markets in technology, so the opportunity to be involved in its growth is very exciting. CCS’ key small cells market is now poised to deliver on the promise of ubiquitous deployment, so I look forward to contributing my experience in business development strategies as the company moves to secure a dominant market position in the wireless backhaul space.”

CCS CEO Steve Greaves added: “Martin’s talent in driving high-growth companies in this market is second to none, and we are fortunate to be able to leverage his insight, knowledge and experience as CCS moves into what promises to be a transformative period of expansion for the business.”

Martin is currently an investor and advisor to a number of international companies including AT&T, Affinion, Actavo, Inmarsat and Dixons Carphone. He is Chairman of Wave Optics – a UK technology pioneer in the world of augmented reality – and is a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University Judge Business School. He is a judge of the Pitch@Palace programme and serves on its Board of Directors.

Martin is a former board member of the UK mobile operator O2 and was previously Head of Telefonica’s global consumer Internet of Things business based in Madrid.

Martin spent a number of years working in the US, including advisory work for Harbinger Capital Partners in New York and then serving as Executive Vice President of Lightsquared Inc., the ambitious multi-billion dollar disruptive wireless business backed by Harbinger.

Martin held a number of senior executive positions with Ericsson, where he served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development and delivered both the successful integration of Marconi into the Ericsson business, and the creation of its new Business Unit Multimedia. Prior to Ericsson, Martin served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Marconi Plc, and as General Manager and Head of Business-to-Business Marketing at BT.

Martin holds an MBA from Bath University Business School and an MA in History from King’s College London.

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