Mark Woodhead Named Senior Vice President


Mr. Woodhead will succeed Nigel Cleave, retiring CEO of Videotel, and will guide KVH’s growth in maritime crew welfare, safety, and productivity

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – November 7, 2016 KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI),

announced today that Mark Woodhead has been named to the newly created position of KVH senior vice president for training and content, effective on the first of January 2017. In this position, Mr. Woodhead will direct KVH’s market-leading maritime crew welfare, safety, and productivity services, which include Videotel maritime training packages – currently in use on more than 12,000 vessels worldwide – and numerous news and entertainment brands, such as NEWSlink – currently used by more than 9,000 vessels globally.

Mr. Woodhead has been managing director of KVH’s news and entertainment brands since 2013 and will succeed Nigel Cleave, following the planned decision by Videotel’s CEO to retire at the end of the year. Mr. Woodhead’s new position will bring KVH’s maritime training, news, and entertainment under one umbrella for the first time.

“Mark has nearly 20 years’ experience providing commercially licenced, industry-leading content to the commercial maritime, retail, and hospitality sectors, and we are thrilled to have him direct our comprehensive efforts to provide top quality maritime training programs and tremendously popular news and entertainment services as part of a total KVH solution,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s CEO. “Using KVH’s market leading mini-VSAT Broadband service to deliver this content makes KVH a complete provider for improving shipping industry productivity and economic performance.”

“I’d like to thank Nigel for his commitment and enthusiasm in ensuring that Videotel integrated with the rest of the KVH group of companies as seamlessly as possible,” says Mr. Kits van Heyningen.

Mr. Cleave’s planned decision to retire comes after a fulfilling career spent at sea, in ship management, consultancy, and crew training as a senior maritime industry professional.

Mr. Woodhead’s background is in content acquisition and production; he has been in the shipping sector since 2000, when he was commercial director of TEAMtalk Media Group, and he launched Headland Media in 2006. He led a rollup of shipping service businesses, including brands such as NEWSlink, Walport, and Shipboard Video Express. He is passionate about improving the visibility and welfare of crew and using cutting-edge technology to deliver home comforts and training to crew in remote locations. 

“The shipping industry is in an unprecedented period of change. As technological advances continue to offer better communications options, KVH is committed to providing competitive solutions for our maritime clients, and making the transition as smooth and seamless as possible,” says Mr. Woodhead. “Nigel has presided over a very successful period of growth at Videotel, and everyone at KVH would like to thank him for his huge contribution to the industry and wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement. I am very excited to be adding Videotel to my responsibilities, and to be working with the experienced and passionate team there to continue to improve the safety and welfare of seafarers around the world.”

Nigel Cleave’s career began with Cunard as a navigating cadet officer and he went on to hold senior positions within the ship management sector, including building one business up from zero to a diverse fleet of 135 fully managed vessels. His broad ship management experience made him aware of the importance of having properly trained crew, and helped influence his decision to join Videotel as CEO in 2011.

KVH’s acquisition of Videotel in July 2014 opened the way to solving a challenge Mr. Cleave had long recognized, namely how to deliver training packages to global fleets more efficiently. With KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service, Videotel’s training materials can be sent via multicasting technology, ensuring vessels’ Internet performance isn’t affected and eliminating the cost of distribution.  With IP-MobileCast, one transmission sends files to all subscribing vessels, caching the files to an onboard server for immediate access by crew.

“I am fortunate to have been able to work in such a vibrant and rewarding industry as shipping, including all the many challenges this has entailed over the years,” says Mr. Cleave. “All my colleagues and associates in our industry will agree that the maritime sector is not merely a job, but very definitely a way of life. I am leaving Videotel with some truly exciting developments in the pipeline and I congratulate Mark on his new position. I am in no doubt that Videotel customers, today and in the future, will be in good and capable hands.”

Note to Editors: For more information about the entire array of KVH’s maritime solutions, please visit the mini-VSAT Broadband website, and the Videotel website. High-resolution images of KVH products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries KVH Industries is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. Videotel, a KVH company, is a market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training, and eLearning. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

KVH Announces Webinar Series on Sensor Fusion Solutions for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems


IEEE Tech Insider series will present advanced sensor integration solutions for navigation and control for unmanned and autonomous systems, including subsea and aerial platforms

Middletown, RI – November 3, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is launching a webinar series focusing on the advantages and benefits of sensor fusion as used in specific real-world unmanned and autonomous systems. Each webinar will feature discussions of how KVH’s fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based inertial sensors have been integrated into successful navigation and control applications operating in subsea and maritime surface environments, in the air, and on land.  KVH is sponsoring the webinars as part of IEEE’s Tech Insider series, which features industry experts discussing technology advances.

The first webinar, “Realizing New Potentials in Miniature Subsea Robotics,” is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 2 pm (EST), and will feature Ben Kinnaman, CEO and president of Greensea Systems, Inc., who will review the sensor fusion-based navigation and control solutions developed by  Greensea for various subsea robotics platforms. The Greensea navigation solutions utilize KVH’s 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU) to process large amounts of data derived from the numerous sensors used in the navigation system. Together with Sean McCormack, KVH’s director of FOG and OEM sales, Mr. Kinnaman will present field results demonstrating advanced navigation and automation for miniature underwater robotics, and establish a realistic vision for next-generation vehicle technologies.

The 60-minute free webinar allows attendees to submit questions; they will also have the opportunity to earn continuing education certificates from IEEE. To register for the Nov. 8 webinar, please visit IEEE’s Tech Insider website.

The second webinar, scheduled for December 6, at 2 p.m. (EST), also an IEEE Tech Insider event, will feature Dr. Jeff Fayman, chief technology officer of Geodetics, Inc., an advanced sensing and navigation company based in San Diego. Dr. Fayman will describe the company’s sensor-integrated solutions for in-air refueling of autonomous aerial platforms. These Geodetics solutions integrate various inertial sensors, including KVH’s 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU).

The third webinar is planned for a January 2017 date on a topic related to ground-based unmanned and autonomous platforms successfully utilizing sensor fusion-based navigation and positioning solutions.  

KVH’s FOGs and FOG-based inertial products are on the cutting edge of sensor fusion-based navigation, guidance, and positioning solutions. They are in use in production programs for a wide range of commercial applications, including underwater unmanned vehicle navigation, rail/track geometry measurement systems, land-based street mapping platforms, unmanned aerial systems, camera stabilization systems, and remotely operated subsea systems. KVH’s FOGs and FOG-based IMUs are also in use in numerous prototype programs for autonomous cars.

Note to Editors: For more information about KVH’s entire line of inertial solutions, please visit the KVH website, Guiding Intelligent Systems: Unmanned and Autonomous. High-resolution images of KVH products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc. is a premier manufacturer of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications, having sold more than 19,000 TACNAV® systems and more than 90,000 fiber optic gyros. KVH is also a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, voice services, and content via satellite to mobile users at sea, on land, and in the air. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.