Our company

Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture rugged embedded systems. We combine the attitude and customer focus of a startup with 30 years of experience delivering rugged embedded computing products and solutions.

Our Vision

Our vision is to lead the next generation of rugged embedded computing solutions and our responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of those that rely on them.

How do we plan to do that?


Fresh, new thinking to create better ways of solving problems.


We live up to our commitments. Time after time. Every time.


Our business only succeeds when our customers succeed. Period.

There are a number of stories surrounding the origin of ‘Abaco Systems’, not least of which relate to abacus – the earliest example of a game-changing, durable and easy to use piece of computing technology. Like the abacus in its time, we expect to create game-changing computing technology for our times. We like the name, because it sounds friendly and approachable, it’s memorable, simple and easy to pronounce in multiple languages – and we believe it reflects the innovative, fresh, exciting company that we are.

About Us


We partner with customers to support their success by solving their most complex embedded computing challenges.


To support you developing best in class solutions with minimal risk and cost.


We are responsive, flexible, innovative – and always with unyielding integrity.


We have 700 highly skilled people – and 30 years of industry experience.


Customers are at the heart of everything we do. Your success is our success.


We excel at rugged to deliver the most reliable, durable solutions you can get.


Our business

Abaco Systems products and solutions can be found in many high profile military/aerospace sea, land and air programs, as well as in commercial and industrial organizations in which rugged reliability is mission-critical.


Our customers

We are fortunate and proud to count among our customers the likes of AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Boeing, Finmeccanica, General Dynamics, Harris, L-3, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon as well as many other leading prime contractors, systems integrators and OEMs.

program experience


At Abaco Systems, we know that those we ultimately serve – those who rely on the performance and reliability of our products - will, one day, become veterans. We’re proud to serve them as they serve our country, just as their predecessors did. We also know that our veterans have unique and valuable skills – and we’d like to bring those to Abaco Systems, and have you join the many veterans who are part of our team today. If you’ve spent time with our armed forces – we’d really like to hear from you.

Leadership Team

Rich Sorelle

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.

Chris Lever

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.

Chris Cummins

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.

Nathan Smith

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.

John Muller

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

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.

Betsy Gifford

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.

Our Products

Abaco Systems offers the broadest range of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) rugged embedded computing and networking products in the industry. Our products are characterized by:

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Outstanding price / performance

Innovative application of leading edge technologies

Industry-leading ruggedness and reliability

Our total commitment to open industry standards

Low lifetime cost-of-ownership; and minimal SWaP

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