Chief Operating Officer
After five years as Chief Financial Officer at Phasor Solutions, whose technology is the foundation of today’s Hanwha Phasor, Kevin Walsh assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer.
His knowledge of the company’s operations and customer base is naturally strong but his belief in its purpose and potential is stronger. “We’ve withstood the rigours of technology due diligence from leading players at all levels of the satellite industry and we’ve not been found wanting. Our product can operate with any orbit and there’s no doubt this is the one to beat when it comes to enabling fast-emerging LEO constellations. Now it’s all about moving to full productisation and volume production – and we have the backing and focus to get there.”
After graduating from Cambridge University, Walsh joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers, specialising in financial audit and business advisory work.
He then embarked on a career in investment banking, initially advising emerging market governments on privatisation and other sources of inward investment. Later, he specialised in cross-border M&A, particularly for technology and service-oriented companies.
Throughout his banking career, Walsh focused on understanding what made his clients’ businesses tick on the inside. He wanted to ensure as far as he could that his transactions would make the required impact. “Closing a deal is a rush. As soon as one transaction ends, another begins. But, with all my deals, I always wanted to follow the next chapter of their stories.” He developed strong relationships with his clients, many of whom returned for his advice on subsequent transactions. Eventually, one of them snapped him up as their in-house M&A specialist.
After several aerospace deals for Cobham, he found himself helping a subsidiary construct a business plan and his transition to operational finance at the engineering coalface began. This time it was on the other side of the Atlantic. Over the next seven years, he engaged in programme lifecycle management, new product development, outsourcing manufacturing and rationalising operational structures. The key, he observes, is process: “That’s what gets things done.”
Walsh was looking for a new challenge to play to his talents when Phasor Solutions was gearing up for the next stage in its own journey. It could see a role for the former banker who knows how to close a deal, with proven experience in setting up and managing new operational structures and processes.
Fast-forward to today and Walsh is bullish about the future. “With the wholehearted support of Hanwha Systems and a team that’s the envy of others, we’re poised to get this hugely important product to market and enable a new generation of communications on the move.”
And for the banker who always wanted to read the next chapter, this banker-turned-COO is going to do his best to make sure Hanwha Phasor’s next one is a thriller.
Walsh graduated from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.