Former Ascend CEO to lead Dayton software startup

The former CEO of Ascend Innovations is the new leader of a Dayton software startup.

Ricky Peters was announced today as the new chief executive of Tangram Flex, which was recently spun out of an Oregon parent company and based in downtown Dayton at 444 E. Second St.

Tangram Flex is a spin out of Portland, Ore.-based Galois, and its initial focus is working with the Department of Defense on making equipment more adaptable.

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Peters brings to the role an extensive defense background, including serving as executive director of the Air Force Research Laboratory — the research and technology powerhouse at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“There is a growing need across the Department of Defense for adaptable systems that can be guaranteed secure. We are positioned well to capitalize on this ever-increasing need,” he said in a statement.

In Peters’ most recent role he was chief executive at Ascend, the medical technology commercial venture co-founded by Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association and Cincinnati product design firm Kaleidoscope.

Peters’ departure from Ascend closely follows the announcement that Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association’s longtime CEO Bryan Bucklew is leaving for a California position.

Bucklew said Peters has still been working on special projects for Ascend after leaving in late July. Bucklew is currently running both GDAHA and Ascend. 

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Tangram has 11 employees and is on track to have 15 to 20 full-time employees by the end of the year. The company’s technology makes systems more flexible, making it easier to change and repurpose software systems instead of needing to make time consuming and expensive changes.

Tangram Flex chairman and Galois CEO Robert Wiltbank stated Peters brings needed expertise to the company and “understands the technology and true customer pain points in ways that can only be learned through years of firsthand experience.”

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