Board of Directors
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Brian Collins was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on July 28, 2014. Mr. Collins joined One Horizon Group as Chief Technology Officer in 2010, following its acquisition of Abbey Technology, a software company that he founded in 1999. Mr. Collins is the co-inventor of the Horizon software solution.
Abbey Technology specializes in the research, development and delivery of proprietary software solutions for telecommunications operators and has previously delivered software solutions to the Swiss banking industry.
Prior to the formation of Abbey Technology, Mr. Collins worked as a software engineer for Credit Suisse First Boston Equities in Zurich. Between 1993 and 1996, he worked as a software engineer for Sybase, an information technology company, in California and Amsterdam. Mr. Collins graduated in 1990 with a BSc Hons in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, Ireland. He also undertook further software research and development at International Computers Limited between 1990 and 1993.
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary
Martin Ward has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of One Horizon Group and its predecessor since 2004. Prior to joining One Horizon Group, Mr. Ward was a partner at Langdowns DFK, a United Kingdom-based chartered accountancy practice. Between 1983 and 1987, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Audit Manager.
Nicholas Carpinello is a member of the Board of Directors. He has been the owner of Carpinello Enterprises LLC d/b/a Cottman Transmission Center, a U.S. nationwide auto service franchise since 2004. Mr. Carpinello also has worked as a consultant to SatCom Distribution Inc. (“SDI”), assisting in various business, tax and financial matters of US operations of UK-based distributors of satellite communication hardware and airtime, since 2005. Prior to November 2012, SDI was a subsidiary of One Horizon Group PLC. Mr. Carpinello’s years of professional experience are extensive, and include experience as CFO and Treasurer with multinational public and private manufacturers of armored vehicles and, later in his career, CFO of privately-held companies in the computer science field. He is a Certified Public Accountant, an alumnus of Arthur Andersen & Co., and holds a BA degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati.
Charles Richard Vos
Mr. Vos has been a non-executive director since 2007 of Avanti Communications Group plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:AVN). He is chairman of its remuneration committee and past chairman of its audit committee. In addition, since 2001, Mr. Vos has been a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of NSSC Operations Ltd., which operates the National Space Centre in the United Kingdom. From June 2005 to June 2010, Mr. Vos was a director of our United Kingdom subsidiary, One Horizon Group plc (formerly SatCom Group Holdings plc) (“One Horizon UK”), and from October 2006 to June 2010, was also Chairman. One Horizon UK was listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM:SGH) from July 2005 to March 2010. Mr. Vos served as a director of TerreStar Europe Ltd., a former start-up business seeking to provide mobile satellite services in Europe from October 2008 to October 2010. Mr. Vos was chairman of the Telecommunications and Navigation Advisory Board of the British National Space Centre (subsequently replaced by the United Kingdom Space Agency) between 2003 and 2009. From September 2006 to June 2009, Mr. Vos was a director of Avanti Screenmedia Group plc, formerly listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ASG), which provided satellite and other services. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Vos was an advisor on government relations for Inmarsat PLC (“Inmarsat”), a British satellite telecommunications public company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT) and a member of the FTSE 250 Index. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Vos served as Chairman of Inmarsat (formerly Inmarsat Ventures plc). From April 2004 to July 2005, he was non-executive chairman of Inmedia Communications Ltd., a provider of fixed satellite-based services in the United Kingdom. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Vos served as a member of the board of the European Satellite Operator’s Association, which represents the interests of European satellite operators to various European Union institutions. From 1995 to 2000, he was head of Satellite Investments, British Telecommunications PLC (“BT”), one of the world’s leading communications services companies, in which he was responsible for the management of BT’s investments of approximately ₤200 million in three intergovernmental satellite organizations, Eutelsat, Inmarsat and Intelsat. During this period, Mr. Vos also served as a governor of the United Kingdom and Ireland for Intelsat, the leading provider of satellite services worldwide, and a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:I). He also served as Intelsat’s vice-chairman of the board and chairman of the audit and budget and finance committees from 1997 to 1998, and as Chairman of Intelsat from 1998 to 1999. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Vos served as a director of the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (“ETNO”), and from 1994 to 1995 served as its chairman. From 1969 to 2000, Mr. Vos served in various positions within BT, including regional director Europe and chief executive officer of an affiliate company, BT France SA.
Mr. Vos obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Modern Languages from University of London in 1968, and his Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston Polytechnic in 1973. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Robert Philip Law
Since 1990, Mr. Law has served as chief executive officer of Langdowns DFK Limited (“Langdowns”), a United Kingdom-based accounting, tax and business advisory firm, and since 1979 has served as a director of Langdowns. Also, since 1990, Mr. Law has been the chief executive officer of Southern Business Advisers LLP (“Southern Business Advisers”), a United Kingdom-based business associated with Langdowns that also offers accounting, tax and business advisory services, and has been a member of Southern Business Advisers since 1979. Mr. Law is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”), and is a member of the Valuation and Information Technology Faculties of the ICAEW. Mr. Law qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1976.
Robert P. Vogler
Mr. Vogler has a long-standing history as a successful executive and business owner. Since 1974, he has been the owner and Chairman of the Board of Kreivo AG, an accounting and bookkeeping company serving Swiss companies in a variety of industries with operations throughout Europe. A specialist in accounting practices, Mr. Vogler has also served on the Boards of other Swiss accounting firms such as RV Revisions AG, Impe Zug AG and also served as President of Lüfta Baar, a HVAC Company also based in Switzerland.