Leadership

  • Fergus NobleCo-Founder & Chief Technical Officer

    Fergus Noble is co-founder and CTO of Swift Navigation, where he spearheads futuristic planning and focuses on technology strategy and architecture. Prior to Swift, he obtained his BA and MSc degrees in Physics from the University of Cambridge, where he also worked on GPS for rocketry. Fergus moved from the UK to California to work for Joby Energy on GPS systems and Flight Software teams for high-altitude wind turbines until co-founding Swift Navigation in 2012.

  • Colin BeighleyCo-Founder

    Colin Beighley is one of the three co-founders of Swift Navigation, where he focuses on hardware engineering and test engineering. Prior to co-founding Swift in 2012, Colin worked on GPS both at Joby Energy and in projects for his BS degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

  • Timothy HarrisCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Timothy Harris, co-founder and CEO of Swift Navigation, is focused on building a world-class organization that will power the next generation of GPS-enabled autonomous vehicles and robots. A proven leader in the high-accuracy GPS industry, Tim leads teams that are excited to drive innovation and challenge each other to achieve visionary change. Prior to Swift, he worked in supply chain consulting for OR Soft Jaenicke GmbH in Halle, Germany, and in corporate finance for Emerge Digital Group, where he oversaw M&A and strategic partnerships for a digital media holding company. Tim holds a JD degree from Boston University and a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Rob HranacChief Operating Officer

    Rob Hranac is Chief Operating Officer at Swift. An analytics executive with experience in software, services and hardware, Rob possesses deep expertise in the geospatial and transportation sectors. Prior to Swift, he was Vice President of Analytics at Iteris, where he managed an analytics group and oversaw business development for an integrated transportation analytics software platform. Rob has an MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BS degree in Systems Engineering from Boston University.

  • Diana Helfrich SchlosserVice President of Marketing

    With VP Marketing roles at Copper Mountain Networks, BigBand Networks, SolarCity and Blu Homes—Diana Schlosser has a winning track record for driving exceptional revenue growth, building epic brands and growing market share. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in companies of all sizes and stages of development, she has a passion for identifying challenges and opportunities to disrupt markets and create great customer experiences. Diana holds a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA degree from St. Mary’s College.

  • Zaka AshrafVice President of Engineering

    With 18 years of experience in software development, Zaka Ashraf has gained a reputation as an effective leader of world-class engineering teams building cutting-edge devices, applications, services and frameworks. He previously served as the senior engineering manager of web applications for EMC Corporation; senior engineering manager of mobile platforms for Yahoo!; and most recently as the software engineering manager of the Kindle Reader application and IoT middleware for Amazon Lab126. Zaka holds a BSc degree in computing science from Staffordshire University.