London-based PLC Laird has appointed Mike Bell to the role of chief technology officer.

The global company protects electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat.

Bell will take up this new role in London and join the executive committee this month.

Reporting directly into CEO Tony Quinlan, he will be responsible for charting all aspects of Laird's technology agenda, helping to develop new products and processes across all Laird divisions.

He joins Laird with more than 20 years of experience in business transformation, product and technology leadership in the automotive and utilities sectors, serving most recently as executive vice president of devices & IoT at software company Canonical Ltd.

Prior to this, he spent six years at Jaguar Land Rover as CTO and latterly as Connected Car Director.

"Mike is another excellent hire for the Group, further strengthening our leadership team which has been a key focus of mine,” said Laird CEO Tony Quinlan.

“He brings a deep knowledge and understanding of our target markets, particularly in the automotive sector, and his expertise will contribute to our strategy and technical execution to help further drive Laird's business growth."

Bell said: "I am delighted to be joining such a forward-thinking and innovative company, where engineering and technology are at the centre of everything it does.

“Laird products are integrated into the offerings of countless world class companies and it will be an exciting opportunity to further enhance this position."