Military Embedded Systems

Axnes announces new US Management

Press Release

April 29, 2021

Grimstad, Norway, April 28, 2021 - Mission Wireless ICS innovator and leader Axnes has announced today that it has appointed Markus Schmitz as Managing Director of its US operation.

Markus is a Senior Leadership Executive with over 20 years-experience, with a comprehensive background in running both international and domestic aviation and defense companies. His sector expertise spans from helicopter OEM Airbus Helicopter, avionics supplier Becker Avionics and rugged defense networking specialist OnTime Networks, earning a reputation for building strong teams with a history of delivering shareholder value. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of OnTime Networks’ US subsidiary, working with a wide-range of defense contractors and US DOD branches, as well as spearheading the business development and capture management activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, resulting in large scale military ground program wins.

Markus holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Applied Science of Aachen and an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas.

Markus commented on his new role, “I am thrilled and honored to join a dynamic and accomplished team of professionals who are pioneering advanced wireless mission intercommunication systems for the aerospace and defense industry. With Axnes’ deep foundation I am confident that we can continue to build on this success and drive our strategic vision forward.”

Trygve Gustavsen, Chief Executive Officer of Axnes, said: “Markus is an extremely energetic and skilled leader and we couldn’t be happier that he is joining our team. While retaining and building on our strong position within the First Responder Aviation Market, Axnes has seen its business within the defense sector grow rapidly over the last few years, and with the growth, demand on our leadership has increased accordingly. We are delighted that we were able to secure Markus Schmitz as our new US Managing Director. After a long-term business relationship, Markus is well acquainted with Axnes’ business and technology and knows our senior management team well. He brings a strategic eye, deep and long-time knowledge of our markets and has a proven and successful track record of building business and company structure within these markets, Axnes is honored to welcome him to our team. In addition, Brett Gardner, who has been with Axnes for the last 6 years will continue in a leadership role promoting the company’s growth and supporting Markus in reaching our common goals.

About Axnes
Axnes develops and supplies advanced and highly durable wireless intercom solutions for use under harsh conditions on aircraft, combat ground vehicles, watercraft and other demanding applications. Axnes is well known for its successful wireless ICS solutions and today more than 2000 aircraft worldwide are equipped with their wireless technology. Axnes was founded in 1995 and is a privately-owned company headquartered in Norway with offices in the United Kingdom, Austria, and the United States of America, and worldwide distribution through its partner network. The company has been supplying its wireless intercom systems for two decades and is an EASA Part 21 and Part 145 approved quality organization. Our team is `driven by the belief that producing and developing the most advanced and versatile wireless intercom system contributes to saving lives in demanding operational environments. Read more at

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