Francis Lacombe joined Technostrobe as Vice-President in 2008. He was responsible for business strategy in Canada and internationally, as well as mergers and acquisitions – including the project that culminated in the purchase of the Dutch company, ITO Navaids, in 2018. He became President of the company in 2021 and continues to head business development and government relations in a highly regulated sector. In 2020, Technostrobe’s turnover was 12 times higher than in 2008.

He is a seasoned, trilingual executive with more than 30 years’ experience in management, sales and marketing, in both the industrial and service sectors. Among his many skills, Francis is recognized for his ability to lead teams, achieve business objectives and build trust and confidence.

“I am proud of Technostrobe’s many achievements; our business started from scratch and has become a leader in the obstruction lighting industry. I am delighted to lead a company well-placed to realize its ambitious vision and to have the support of a team of loyal and experienced colleagues.” »


Max joined Technostrobe in March 2023 as Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for the financial reporting, treasury, and risk management functions of the Technostrobe group of companies located in Canada, USA, and the Netherlands.

With over 25 years of experience, including 13 years in public practice with global audit, tax and advisory services firms in Montreal, New York and Vancouver, and 13 years as CFO of a publicly traded manufacturing company with international operations, Max is a proven executive in leading international teams, overseeing public and private company reporting, governance and compliance, obtaining millions in financing, closing of private placements and successfully completing restructurings and M&A.

“I’m proud and excited to be joining the executive team at Technostrobe at a time where the company is experiencing significant growth. My challenge will be to oversee risk management to support the company towards the realization of its vision.”


Jeff Grabner, has been appointed to the position of Executive VP of Technostrobe Offshore Solutions.

He had been the US Managing Director at Technostrobe for the previous two years. His mission will be to ensure the growth and execution excellence for this new division.

“I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity by the leadership team at Technostrobe. Our team has put in a tremendous amount of work over the past several years and I look forward to taking on the responsibility of delivery.”

For more than 15 years he has lead companies in achieving sustainable, profitable growth in the wind industry. Jeff’s unique ability to identify opportunities, cultivate relationships and transfer trust is at the core of his skills. As a passionate team player he values the talents of those around him and continues to be a student of the game.


Mark de Ruiter is Vice-President of Operations of ITO Navaids and has held various leadership roles since 2001 within the business, which was founded in 1993 by his father, Dries. Dries de Ruiter’s mission was to serve the complex needs of the Dutch Coast Guard. Mark successfully developed the company to offer design, production and maintenance of navigation aids for clients all over Europe.

An entrepreneur at heart, Mark de Ruiter is a solution-oriented manager who strongly believes in teamwork. He also has an uncanny ability to help people achieve their goals. Since 2018, he has ambitiously taken on the challenge to continue to grow the business worldwide within the Technostrobe family of companies
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