IRVINE, Calif.—Spireon Inc., the developer of an open, connected vehicle platform, recently announced the appointment of Ed Suski as its vice president of hardware engineering. Suski, a former executive at General Electric and United Technologies Corporation, will report to Spireon Chief Technology Officer Rick Gruenhagen. He brings “innovation and operational expertise to reimagine hardware and software platforms for increased scalability, efficiency, and performance,” the company said in a press release.

“Ed is a visionary with deep technical knowledge and broad operational expertise that will drive our hardware strategy well ahead of the market,” said Gruenhagen in the press release. “He will play a key leadership role in helping Spireon gain competitive leverage through hardware innovation as we scale and diversify our connected vehicle business.”

Suski spent three years at General Electric and United Technologies Corporation, serving as chief technology officer for various divisions. In his role at GE, he led a 110-person software and hardware engineering team located in seven locations around the world. In the role of CTO for GE’s security business unit, Suski grew the video capture, storage, and delivery product line from the ground up to over $50 million in annual revenue in less than 3 years.

“I am thrilled to join Spireon, where I can employ my passion for driving hardware innovation, as well as operational performance and business transformation,” said Suski in the release. “Spireon’s industry leadership and trajectory for rapid growth within the connected vehicle market is incredible, and I look forward to collaborating with our talented team to set the pace for hardware and software platform innovation industry-wide.”

Prior to GE and United Technologies Corporation, Suski served as a chief systems architect for several Tier One PC OEMs. He studied electrical engineering and physics the University of Michigan and California State Fullerton, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Suski is the inventor on ten U.S. issued patents over his career.

Spireon (www.spireon.com) provides businesses and consumers with big data insights to track, manage, and protect their most valuable assets. The Spireon NSpire open platform delivers rich information from GPS connected vehicles or assets, converting that information into actionable insight. The company’s open connected vehicle platform is reported to support more than 3 million active subscribers.