Ron Unruh to Join RAE Systems as Gas Detection Sales Leader

Source: 7/17/2012, Location: North America

RAE Systems Inc., a leading developer of gas and radiation detectors for oil and gas, emergency responders, industrial safety, homeland security and environmental remediation, announced that Ron Unruh will be joining the company as America’s Mesh and Fixed Systems sales manager.

Mr. Unruh brings more than 20 years of experience as a sales manager in the detection and instrumentation industry to his new role at RAE Systems. In his most recent position, he worked at Tyco-Scott Safety for 13 years, first as regional sales manager and then as a zone manager for the Fixed Instrumentation business. Prior to Tyco-Scott Safety, Mr. Unruh worked at Biosystems, Inc. (currently Honeywell) and at Orr Safety Corporation. While working at Orr Safety, he served on RAE Systems’ advisory council.

“Ron will help us meet the growing demand for our fixed and MeshGuard mesh radio-based wireless gas detection systems that deliver real-time detection for Industrial Safety, Oil & Gas, Rendering, Waste Treatment and Environmental operations,” said Ryan Watson, Vice President of America’s Sales for RAE Systems. “With his extensive experience in the gas detection industry and past role as an advisor to RAE Systems, Ron will be another valuable asset to the company’s expansion in sales operations.”

“I’ve witnessed the increasing growth in market demand for wireless Mesh and Fixed Gas Detection systems, as well as the leadership that RAE Systems has demonstrated with its sensor and application-specific products said Unruh. “RAE Systems has established itself as a leader in delivering world-class wireless gas sensors and radiation detection technologies, and is well-positioned to deliver life-saving technologies to industries that require real-time, always-on wireless mesh and fixed detection systems”

RAE Systems’ Growth through Leadership

RAE Systems has been operating as a privately held corporation after shareholders approved a merger with the global private equity firm, Vector Capital, in June 2011. Since the merger, Vector Capital has made several key appointments to its leadership team as part of its strategy to drive future growth of the company.

In May, RAE Systems added Chris Toney, a well-recognized veteran of the gas and chemical analysis industry, as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Toney has more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience in the chemical industry, all of which were spent at Hewlett Packard and its spin-off, Agilent Technologies. Prior to assuming his current role at RAE Systems, Mr. Toney led the Gas Phase Division of the Chemical Analysis Solutions business at Agilent, which was broadly recognized as the clear market leader in Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry in the Environmental, Energy, Forensics, Food Safety and Life Science segments.

Prior to Mr. Toney’s appointment was the addition of Michael Hansen to the position of Chief Financial Officer in late 2011. Previously, Mr. Hansen was Vice President of finance for Smiths Interconnect (of Smiths Plc., a FTSE 100 company), a $600 million division with worldwide operations offering technically differentiated electronic and radio frequency products for the commercial, military and aerospace markets.

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