Our Senior Leadership Team: FTL Systems involves more than 100 people in
Europe and Asia as well as an independent US marketing and sales corporation.
DR. JOHN WILLIS,
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Willis is a world-leading expert in supercomputing architecture, processor & compiler design,
high-speed I/O and signal processing. Before co-founding FTL Systems in 1995, he served as a lead
architect and program manager on several commercial computer systems for integrated robotic/artificial
intelligence, military signal processing, engineering and scientific conputing, secure corporate
systems, and commercial database & transaction processing (IBM's AS/400). Dr. Willis earned his M.S.
and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in
Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. His inventions include more than forty patents.
He has authored more than fifty academic papers.
DR. SAM MOINI,
Dr. Moini directs FTL's product marketing, sales, and support activities. He has been
responsible for system architecture and configuration of large-scale servers and computers
for over twenty years. He has held various positions at IBM including Senior Scientific
Staff Member, Manager of World-Wide EDA Application Development, Manager of World Wide
Scientific & Technical Computing, and Senior Solutions Executive in the Systems and
Technology Group. Dr. Moini earned his MS and Ph.D. in Engineering Analysis from the
University of California, Davis. He has taught at UC Davis and UC Santa Clara, and
completed a second Ph.D. in Computer Design. He has authored over thirty open literature
technical publications and over ninety classified IBM papers. He is a member of IEEE,
ACM, and Sigma Xi.
Chief Financial Officer
Graham Coles directs FTL's financial operations. Previously he served as the
European Finance Director for semiconductor equipment manufacturer
Lam Research Corporation and for the Personal Computer Division at Compaq Computer (Hewlett
Packard). Additionally he has lead finance as EMEASA Vice President Finance for payments firm
Western Union and has extensive experience as a Board Member of several European SME and
two captive commercial banks. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Kent at
Canterbury (UK) and an MBA from Xavier University (USA).
RUTH BETCHER, P.E., M.B.A.,
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Betcher is an expert in finance, computer science, and project and contract management.
She earned her M.B.A. in Finance at the University of St. Thomas and has directed business
operations for FTL since 1997. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science at Winona State
University. Ms. Betcher is a registered Professional Civil Engineer who has extensive
experience successfully managing a wide range of large, complex – engineering projects.
Vice President Production and Automation Engineering
Vice President Production and Automation Engineering, Rick G. Munden, is responsible for
automation and production engineering. Rick Munden comes from a broad engineering background
managing electronic design automation at TRW and Siemens in the areas of assembly and operation
of submarine test range scenarios and large aircraft airframe/power plants. Mr. Munden is a
co-founder and CEO of the world's leading provider of open source hardware models, Free Model
Foundry. He is author of ASIC and FPGA Verification: A Guide to Component Modeling. His
academic background includes Johns Hopkins, Loyola Marymount and Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Woody Kober,
US Marketing, Sales and Support
has a BS, MS and PhD in mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Most of Dr. Kober's
work has been in support of signal processing and optimization applications for defense. These
included supporting major defense-related projects while he was at Control Data Corporation (CDC)
and Lockheed Martin. In 1992 he co-founded Data Fusion Corporation (DFC) which he led until 2017.
In 2001 he co-founded a spin-off, TensorCom, for CDMA cell phone applications based on DFC's work
in GPS interference mitigation. At DFC, in addition to directing DoD-related projects he has also
lead AI-related projects supporting commercial initiatives. He has numerous patents and over 100
papers and reports. He is based in Denver, Colorado.