Thales promotes Leighton, restructures division
Aug. 15, 2003
C. Benjamin Ford
Staff Writer

Thales Communications Inc. of Clarksburg promoted Ken Leighton to director of tactical communications product management and restructured the division to look for new business opportunities. The company makes radios for the military and federal law enforcement agencies.

The company described Leighton as instrumental in the development of Thales' Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio used by Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan and the second war in Iraq.

Previously, Leighton, 47, who joined Thales in 1999, worked in engineering and business development operations for Harris RF Communications, General Electric Ocean and Radar Systems and United Technologies Sikorsky Aircraft.

"This well deserved promotion is in recognition of Ken's outstanding contribution in achieving three consecutive record years in sales," said Felix Boccadoro, director of tactical communications business development and legislative affairs at Thales.

Leighton graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., with master's degrees in aeronautics and astronautics.

"I grew up as a kid in the '60s and watched the Apollo program and built my own Apollo models," Leighton said. "That got me interested in aerospace engineering. Also, I had a great love of science fiction."

Leighton's favorite author is science-fiction legend Isaac Asimov.

But currently he's had to forego worlds of the future to focus on the more down-to-earth problems: getting the new house in Damascus he shares with his wife, Jackie and daughter, Alicia, into livable shape.

"There's still a lot of work to be done," he said.

Leighton's work in his new position will be to find ways to enhance existing products and spin them off to new markets.

"A lot of it is listening to our customers," he said.

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