HALO Maritime Defense Systems, Inc. (HALO), a marine engineering technology company and provider of advanced engineered solutions for the security needs of strategic maritime assets, announced the appointment of Luke Ritter as Vice President of Business Development.
A globally recognized transportation security expert, Ritter will focus HALO’s business development efforts in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) market. Global maritime security risks are persistent, and pervasive. HALO has an opportunity to rapidly expand its MENA business portfolio - and Luke Ritter is exactly the right man to lead this charge.
Brendan Gray, HALO’s Chief Operating Officer said: “Luke is a fellow Navy veteran with a long track record of success in solving complex security challenges. We needed a business leader, with an expert-level understanding of the maritime security industry, and previous business experience in the Middle East. Luke is uniquely qualified to lead HALO’s development in MENA.”
Ritter’s recent leadership role as the CEO, of a Defense manufacturing firm, compliments his current assignment. Prior to that, he spent nine years as Executive Vice President in Ridge Global, a firm founded by The Honorable Tom Ridge, former Governor of Pennsylvania and first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
Ritter is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and holds an M.B.A from Old Dominion University. He is the co-author of “Securing Global Transportation Networks” (McGraw Hill 2006). His professional experience includes senior executive assignments, at multiple defense contractors, serving the national defense and homeland security markets. Ritter will split his time between HALO’s MENA headquarters, in Bahrain, and the United States.
“Working with the exceptionally talented security and defense team at HALO is an honor. Walls, fences and gates in the water have become mission critical items in the maritime security sector - and HALO is in the right place, at the right time, with the best solution,” said Ritter.
HALO Maritime Defense Systems, Inc. (HALO) offers unique maritime sea barrier solutions to secure critical assets vulnerable to water-based attacks. In a security-conscious world, both government assets (Naval bases, ships and facilities) and commercial and private assets (ports, terminals, nuclear power plants, and oil & gas rigs) have a real, immediate, and critical need for high levels of protection.
HALO Maritime Defense Systems’ Next Generation patented maritime security products offer unique solutions to difficult marine security scenarios. Installed systems demonstrate increased protection against threats, in a smaller footprint with lower competitive lifecycle costs.