Leadership Team


Rich Sorelle

President & CEO
Prior to joining Abaco, I’ve spent my entire career in the defense industry with extended spells at Grumman Corporation and most recently with Exelis Inc., where I headed up the Electronic Systems division that specializes in technologies for the warfighter. My role at Abaco is to ensure we execute on our commitments to our people, our investors and, most importantly, our customers.


John Muller

Chief Growth Officer
I am responsible for Abaco's worldwide commercial functions including Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Commercial Operations. My history with mil/aero extends back to the F22 program at the beginning of my career. Since then I have held a number of senior executive roles in Sales for technology companies. My goal is to help my customers succeed. When they win, we win.


Bill Read

Chief Financial Officer
As well as the usual responsibilities of a CFO, my role is to work with the Abaco leadership team to help develop strategies that will strengthen our competitive position, accelerate our growth and help serve our customers. Prior to joining Abaco, I’ve held a number of senior financial positions with Teledyne, BBB Industries, and Harmar. I have an MBA from the Massey School at Belmont University and hold certifications as a CPA and CMA.


Chris Cummins

Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer I am responsible for our global Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain, Engineering, Program Management, and Lean/Operational Excellence functions. Previously in my career, I specialized in leading turnarounds in engineering and operations by driving improved customer service with lean system methods, removing waste and developing continuous improvement cultures. At Abaco, I'm driving value creation through excellence in customer service, and my goal is to ensure we deliver the innovative, quality products our customers want – when they want them.


Betsy Gifford

VP, Human Resources
My role is to oversee our organization’s global development, employee relations, compensation, benefits, workforce management, and diversity initiatives to ensure our people are prepared to meet and exceed our customer and stakeholder expectations. Prior to Abaco, I amassed more than 15 years of global leadership experience in the tier one and tier two automotive manufacturing industry and served as an executive in the wholesale trades market.


Nathan Smith

VP, General Counsel & Secretary
My role is to oversee the company’s legal affairs to ensure that we perform for our customers and stakeholders in accordance with the highest legal standards in a demanding environment. My previous role was with GE, where I was Associate General Counsel of GE Intelligent Platforms and Lead Counsel for its Embedded Systems business since 2007. Prior to joining GE in 1996, I was with the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP.


Chris Lever

VP, Corporate Development
We have ambitious plans to expand the breadth and depth of solutions we offer to our customers. My role is to identify what technologies, products and expertise we need – and then to find the best way of acquiring them. I was with GE from 2006, initially responsible for our sensor processing business and then our global sales team. Prior to this assignment, I was responsible for Abaco’s product management.


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