It is with great sadness that Highways reports the death of telent CEO, Mark Plato.
Mr Plato (pictured) had overseen the development of telent into a major force in the highways ITS sector, winning much coveted work with Highways England. He died in a road crash on Sunday (8 September).
'Mark joined Marconi in November 1995 and was integral to the creation of telent. He has led the company as CEO with great success since its formation in January 2006,' the company said in a statement.
David Naylor-Leyland, chairman of telent, said: 'Mark was a hugely respected and much liked individual both within the company he ran for so long and also within the wider telecom and transport industries. His loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him. Not only have we lost a remarkable CEO but a friend. Mark died pursuing one of his great passions, motorbiking.
'Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this very sad and difficult time.'
Heather Green, a director of the Company since its foundation in 2006, has taken on Mark’s executive responsibilities on an interim basis. All business units will continue to work as normal.