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From Siemens to Comms Design: Rob Illsley's Journey to Managing Director

From Siemens to Comms Design: Rob Illsley's Journey to Managing Director
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10 / 10 / 2023

Rob Illsley has been appointed Managing Director, Comms Design Limited (Comms Design). With over 20 years of senior business development, sales, and commercial experience in integrated wireless communication technology and the rail industry for companies including Siemens, AD Comms Ltd, and Panasonic, Rob Illsley brings a strong skill-set and reputation for solution development, relationship building, high performance, and team leadership.

Rob will lead the ongoing development and delivery of Comms Design’s high-tech design, manufacturing, and communication products and systems that provide digital signaling and control solutions to the world’s railways, tunneling, quarrying, mining, and construction industries.

Rob joined Comms Design in February 2023 as Commercial Director, as part of a long-term plan for the business that saw him take over from incumbent Managing Director, and Founder of Comms Design Dr Paul Clark on 1 October.

While stepping back from day-to-day business operations, Paul will continue in his role as Founder, to provide technology and engineering support to Rob and the team.

Unipart Technologies Group, Managing Director, Dr David McGorman said: “I am pleased to welcome Rob to Unipart Technologies Group and to have his support leading our Comms Design business into the future. 

“His deep knowledge and experience will be vital as we continue to grow and develop the use of engineering and digital communication solutions to deliver transformative solutions for rural railways and remote working environments around the world.

“I would like to formally thank Paul for the critical role he has played designing, building, and developing an exceptional Comms Design business that is now well-placed to achieve further success in the future as we extend the reach of our digital communication and control solutions.”

Rob Illsley, Managing Director, Comms Design said: “As customers increasingly seek technology-led, sustainable solutions I am delighted to take on the leadership of a company with an industry-leading reputation and portfolio of products, services, and solutions.

“At the heart of the business is our culture of engagement and continuous improvement through The Unipart Way that combines people and process excellence with our unique technology and digital solutions to create real differentiation for new and existing customers.

“I look forward to working with our team of engineers and technologists to continue growing, developing, and delivering digital signaling, communication, and control solutions that enable performance improvements across multiple industries.”

Source: UNIPART Group