Construction tech Render adds to C-suite with former Google and Calix execs after doubling global headcount

- February 14, 2023 2 MIN READ
Render CEO Sam Pratt
Render Networks has made two key executive appointments after doubling its workforce over the past year.

The construction tech platform’s growth comes after IFM Investor took a $40 million majority stake in the business in mid-2022.

Omar Ramadan, former Calix and Advanced Fibre Communications executive, has joined Render as the Vice President of Customer Operations.

Abby Gates has been named Vice President of People and Culture, having previously held senior positions at companies such as Google and Attentive.

Render simpligies the construction of large-scale networks in Australia and the United States to achieve more efficient fibre network deployment.

The construction tech converts a complex network design into a digital scope displayed on a user-friendly map-based interface. It optimises the delivery sequence, leading to cost and time savings of up to 50%.

The platform uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), mobile, and automation technology, to address the challenges associated with network deployment. It digitises end-to-end construction processes and replaces manual methods. 

Most of the company’s growth has been focused in the US, where a federal government-led initiative to close the country’s digital divide has led to a substantial ramp in the number of fibre network deployments.

Render CEO Sam Pratt initially found that their technology was key in reducing the overall cost of fibre rollout projects.

“This is still the case. However, with an abundance of funding for fibre rollouts in the US, the pain point now lies in effective and efficient deployment of both workers and materials in order to ensure these projects are delivered on time regardless of labour or resource constraints,” he said.

“While talk of improving internet infrastructure has somewhat died down in Australia, it is very much a focus in Europe, North America, and the developing world

The previous year, Render announced that it helped bring fast and dependable internet access to over a million locations worldwide. The company anticipates that it will more than double this achievement within a year as fibre projects in the US increase due to unprecedented levels of investment from both private and government sources.