One Stop Systems, Inc. (OSS) announced that its CEO, David Raun, will be stepping down, effective upon the appointment of his successor.
The company has not yet identified a candidate to fill the position, however it has retained an internationally recognized search firm to aid in this effort. He will continue to serve as a member of the company’s board of directors.
Under its leadership, OSS has been executing a multi-year strategy to position the company for accelerated growth and greater long-term shareholder value. Soon after assuming his role in 2020, he fortified the balance sheet through profitability and increased cash infusions, producing a solid cash position.
In 2021, he implemented new product and market strategies, innovating on the company’s core competencies, leading to new business engagements in military and industrial AI and Autonomous Transportation applications. Although the company continues to have success in Autonomous Trucking and other verticals, the focus and investments have been on AI Transportables in high-margin recurring opportunities throughout the Department of Defense (DOD).
As a result, in 2023, the firm expects to announce the incorporation of its latest technologies into some key military programs that it has been working on with the DOD and major prime contractors over the past few years, and additional projects are well underway. Much of this activity is centered around its new “Rigel” platform, offering a compact, high-performance ruggedized compute and storage product enabling AI and autonomy on the ground and in the air. The DOD and several prime contractors have indicated to the company that adding this type of capability throughout the military theater is key toward maintaining the military superiority our country has enjoyed for decades.
“I am pleased and excited with the progress of the management team and the board in repositioning OSS over the last few years to create great long-term value going forward,” said Raun. “Based on this and the success we are currently seeing with the DOD, I feel it’s time to bring in new leadership with deep experience and high-level contacts in the defense sector to scale the opportunities and growth. In parallel with this announcement, today we also implemented several internal organizational changes to align our US-based operations with this same objective. Meanwhile, during the search for my successor, I remain committed to our shareholders and our people to continue pushing forward, while facilitating a smooth transition. Once complete, I look forward to contributing as an active board member and significant shareholder.“
Ken Potashner, COB, remarked: “In my time with the company, there’s never been a more exciting time than now. The products that David and the management team have been working on for DOD projects are gaining acceptance and their forecasted integration is beyond our expectations. The Board appreciates-and has great respect for-David’s leadership in setting an exciting path for the company and for recognizing the opportunity to leverage the unique skill sets required to maximize the opportunities with the DOD, which we strongly believe is in the best interest of shareholders. The Board is pleased that David will stay engaged to enable a smooth transition to the right successor and it unanimously voted to have him continue to serve the company at the board level.“
OSS plans to issue a press release to announce its latest contract awarded by the military on or about February 14, 2023, in conjunction with the first day of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association International (AFCEA) West 2023 show in San Diego, CA.