ADB SAFEGATE names Peter Matton Chief Operating Officer

Today ADB SAFEGATE can announce that Peter Matton, previously from Rotork Fluid Systems has been appointed its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). He replaces outgoing COO, Steve Rutland, a company veteran who has played a key role in steering the company to its current position as a world leader in aviation. We thank Steve for the tremendous job he has done and at the same time we welcome Peter who brings with him 30 years of operations and general management experience in complex technical environments.


As COO, Peter will oversee all ADB SAFEGATE global operational entities across Research & Development, Services, Supply Chain Management and Production. Peter will work with the company’s leadership team to drive ADB SAFEGATE’s evolution as a leading provider of integrated airport solutions for the gate, airfield, tower, services and advanced analytics.

Peter brings strong international experience across key functions – operations, supply chain and sales & marketing. He has a unique business perspective, genuine interest in people and is willing to take courageous decisions,“ said Christian Onselaere, CEO, ADB SAFEGATE. “These factors make Peter an ideal choice for this role. A big thanks to Steve for the tremendous job he has done, and our team wishes him all the best.

Peter Matton, Chief Operating Officer at ADB SAFEGATEPrior to ADB SAFEGATE, Peter was the Divisional Managing Director at Rotork Fluid Systems, and has held leadership roles in management and sales & marketing with IMI Norgren, LMS International, ABB and M-Products across diverse locations including Switzerland, Denmark, UK and Belgium. Peter has a Master’s in Industrial Engineering & Electricity.

ADB SAFEGATE is taking bold steps to realize its vision of helping aviation stakeholders to improve their performance,” said Peter Matton, Chief Operating Officer, ADB SAFEGATE. “I’m excited about the role I can play, given my previous management experience in the niche engineering space.

Peter will be based at the ADB SAFEGATE headquarters in Zaventem, Belgium. Peter replaces outgoing COO, Steve Rutland who he will work closely with during his transition.

A big thanks to Steve for the tremendous job he has done in steering ADB SAFEGATE to its current position as a world leader in aviation.

Steve Rutland

ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of solutions that boost efficiency, improve safety and environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs for airports, airlines and ANSP’s. The company works with customers to identify performance bottlenecks and jointly solve them through integrated solutions that improve airport and airline performance. These solutions address every aspect from approach to departure – airport traffic handling and guidance, airfield lighting, tower-based traffic control systems, intelligent gate and docking automation, services and advanced analytics. ADB SAFEGATE has more than 1,100 employees across 45 nationalities in 25 countries, and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports globally.

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