Our People

We are proud to offer a uniquely collaborative culture full of talented professionals. Our team blends the technical skills of our global network with result-oriented business acumen. Meet the Optilan team:

Bill Bayliss

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Bayliss

A part of the Optilan family since February 2020

Bill Bayliss has been actively involved in leadership positions in both the public and private industrial/energy sector; including living and working in North America, Middle East and Norway.

Bill started his career in support to the power generation and petrochemical businesses in a wide range of roles including project management, sales and commercial. He entered the oil and gas business with Brown and Root (B&R) in both London and Aberdeen. He subsequently moved to Norway with Kvaerner Engineering and returned back to UK with Kellogg B&R (KBR) fulfilling various roles including Senior Manager for the Hibernia Development in Canada, Business Manager for the Conoco Southern North Sea operations, maintenance and major project work before being promoted to KBR Global Operations and Maintenance Director.

In 2004, Bill moved to Petrofac to set up an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning support business that grew significantly from an initial seed corn start up investment, and within his role as Vice President, developed the business into five divisional areas with an annual turnover of circa $300 million and a support staff of 1,800. In 2009, he moved to Dubai as Chief Operating Officer of Topaz Engineering and was accountable for four business units with a circa $300 million turnover and over 4000 personnel.

Bill joined Viking Seatech in September 2011 as Group CEO to take the business through financial and organisational restructuring and professionalization. Bill led the sale of this HSBC private equity backed debt leveraged business which was sold in August 2013 for £150million to USA trade buyer Actuant.

At the end of 2014 Bill moved to work as an independent consultant helping a number of Private Equity houses including Bluewater Energy and Energy Ventures in their due diligence activities for the acquisition of various targets covering are Operational, Commercial (including financial elements), HSEQ, the supply chain, organisational structures and general management support.

In mid-2016 Bill joined ICR. As Group CEO, he developed and executed a comprehensive strategy with the “end in mind” that delivered valuable change not only in terms of EBITDA but attractiveness in terms of exit multiples with the addition of new organic product lines and geographies. At its peak under Bills guidance the business nearly doubled in size.

During late 2019, Bill decided to pursue other activities and has recently been appointed as the CEO of Optlian which is part of the Bluewater Energy portfolio.

From a personal perspective, Bill has a proven track record in meeting and exceeding annual financial growth targets without compromise to personnel safety or integrity.  He is commercially astute with experience in acquisitions, private equity leveraged businesses, IPOs and divestments. He is passionate about building teams with common goals so that there is clear alignment. Having lived and worked internationally, he has a great understanding of cultural diversity and how work is performed in different regions. He has a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and Risk Management.

Dennis O'Leary

Chairman of the board

Dennis O'Leary

A part of the Optilan family since October 2021

Mr. O’Leary is the co-founder and Chairman of DarkPulse Technologies Inc., a firm developing specialised devices that monitor activities along national borders and provide structural health and safety monitoring of oil and gas pipelines. He holds extensive start-up experience including multiple exit strategies.

Mr. O’Leary is an Ambassador for the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and a Research Member of the NATO Science and Technology Organization. He served as a member of the Board at Arizona State University’s School of Engineering, Global Resolve as Chair of the Impact Committee.

His previous employment includes the NYPD where he worked as a member of the Manhattan North Tactical Narcotics Team, which prosecuted establishments involved in the illegal distribution of narcotics. He was a member of a joint taskforce working with the DEA and USINS in the execution of warrants related to narcotics trafficking. While at the NYPD, he was assigned to the Department of Justice as a member of the FBI’s investigative team with internal designation C14. He is a licensed private pilot with turbine experience.

Kenneth Davidson

Chief Operating Officer at DarkPusle

Kenneth Davidson

A part of the Optilan family since October 2021

Kenneth Davidson is the Chief Operating Officer at DarkPulse, Director of U.S operations for oil & gas and renewable energies. Mr Davidson having served in multiple senior leadership roles across a broad range of major projects in both Public and Private companies in the Health, Safety, Security and Environmental space brings over 37 years of key account, business development, and project management experience to DarkPulse. His experience includes major oil, gas, maritime, aviation and pipeline construction, recovery, and repair, projects up to 1.5 billion in value with over 1000 employees on Shell and Chevron, major projects.

Ken has been responsible for conducting, leading, and delivering a wide variety of organizational, operational management and technical consulting and security services provided to major oil, gas, and renewable energy companies. The start-up and operational management of two separate divisions. Recruiting, training, development, and management of multiple high performing teams of up to 135 safety and inspection professionals on signature oil, gas, maritime, terminal, offshore platform, major subsea and onshore pipeline projects.

He holds an FAA, Airline Transport Pilot License, FAA, sUas Unmanned Aircraft License and an MBA from the University of Mississippi. Ken’s objective in joining DarkPulse advisor to the Board of Directors is to aggressively assist in marketing the company’s products and services focused on business development, revenue growth, increasing operating margin, boosting capital efficiency, and attracting new investors. Maximizing the value of the corporation and acting in its best interest.

Dr Joseph Catalino

Chief Strategy Officer at DarkPulse

Dr Joseph Catalino

A part of the Optilan family since October 2021

Dr. Joseph Catalino joined DarkPulse in 2021 as the Chief Strategy Officer where he is responsible for corporate strategy, development, and long-term planning. He is a business operations and management expert who relishes in challenging, high-impact projects. Catalino brings executive experience from both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he separated from the U.S. Department of Defence after nearly eight years as a government executive where he led a number of big initiatives resulting in impressive results.

His last position at the Pentagon was as the U.S. Defence Department Representative on the White House COVID-19 Task Force in 2020. Here, he interfaced with multiple Senior Directors on the National Security Council and interagency leadership, and provided counsel on Defence Department capacity, impact, and strategic planning related to the Pandemic. He represented the U.S Defence Department at the 6th Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate on regional stability in the Middle East in 2019. In addition to his government achievements, he has led private sector firms with extensive experience in business development—with capture results and significant capital generation—and public/private health services delivery/administration. Catalino is an advisory board member of DarkPulse Inc., and KIRSH Helmets and is a Senior Fellow at the University of South Florida.

Catalino holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration and an MPA from Walden University; an MSA in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University; a BS in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force War College. He attributes his successes to mentors who gave him opportunities and counselled him through many failures. As a result, he is a passionate mentor, and has guided many professionals through different phases of their careers. In his spare time you will find him in Colorado with his wife and daughter – or on a motorcycle either in the hills or on a racetrack dragging his knee.

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