Howard Smith graduated with an MA in Engineering from Oxford University (Keble College) and an MSc in Electronics from London University (Imperial College). He has been in the microwave tube industry for most of his working life.
From University, Howard joined MOV (part of the GEC Electron Tubes Company) in 1967 as a junior engineer, becoming Manager of the Microwave Division and Technical Director of the company. He joined Thorn EMI Varian) in 1984 as Operations Director, later becoming Engineering Director, and Business Development Director.
He is a founder member of the MBO from Thorn EMI in 1995, and one of the two principle shareholders of TMD.
Howard remains the engineering guru of TMD, and provides the vision of technological and strategic trends of the markets, which leads to the definition of new product development and growth of the business.