Frank Padula named President at Wide Band Systems
Frank Padula has been appointed President at Wide Band Systems, Inc., Rockaway, NJ. Padula succeeds William B. Sullivan, the company’s founder and former President who passed away earlier this year. Prior to this new position, Padula served as Vice President/Operations at Wide Band responsible for administrative duties involving materials control, purchasing, accounts payable, program management, contracts administration, and associated functions. According to a statement from the company’s board of directors, Padula is well qualified to carry out his new responsibilities based upon his previous position.
Padula brings to his new position many years of experience in the defense electronics industry, having joined Wide Band from a position as product marketing manager at Northern Scientific Laboratory, Litton Applied Technology Division. He began with NSL in 1986 as manager of operations and programs, where he was responsible for manufacturing, material control, purchasing, sales/marketing, production, personnel, finance/accounting, administration, programs, product budgets, and scheduling. While in this position the company grew from $500,000 to $6 million in revenue, and Padula was instrumental in creating the organizational structure necessary to accommodate this expansion.
Prior to NSL’s acquisition by Litton, Padula served as manager of Business Development and Contracts at the company where he was responsible for expanding its product line to other markets. Through the implementation of a JIT manufacturing system and management of program contracts, Padula successfully helped the company maximize profit and meet budget constraints. In this position, he also served as the key liaison between the company’s marketing department and customers, Padula contributed significantly to the company’s profitability and productivity, while helping to lower production costs in both labor hours and engineering time.
Prior to joining NSL, Padula served as a project leader and quality assurance/quality control engineer at the U.S. Army Research and Development Command at Picatinny Arsenal in NJ. While there, he supervised and managed a $2 million budget for engineers and a support network, established and monitored quality and reliability requirements, and originated test plans and design revisions. As a senior reliability and maintainability engineer, Padula performed computer-aided statistical analyses, conducted software quality assurance tests, and developed procedures, sample sizes, and techniques for the replacement of visual defect inspection of ammunition.
Padula was graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with an M.S. degree in Engineering Management, and the Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute with a B. S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, he has received extensive training throughout his career and was also certified in Just-In-Time manufacturing procedures.