Airware Expands Management Team; Grows Board

Airware, the drone knowledge analytics agency, has introduced plenty of new hires with backgrounds at Autodesk and VMware, including to its govt group and board of administrators. These embrace a VP of Product, VP of Engineering and a COO. These complement the administration who have been performing associated capabilities and they’re nonetheless with the agency. The transfer is just like one lately introduced by Kespry which introduced in a brand new CEO in February adopted by new VPs for engineering, product, and advertising. The transfer displays the additional development and maturation of the drone knowledge analytics market.

Here is a fast rundown of the brand new members of the Airware group:

Yvonne Wassenaar, COO, Airware

Yvonne Wassenaar joins the corporate as Chief Operations Officer, Rick Baker as VP of Global Sales, Andrew Mackles as VP of Product, and David Arsenault as VP of Engineering. The firm has additionally added Martin Casado, cofounder of Nicira Networks and common associate at Andreessen Horowitz, to its board of administrators. Airware has added these key leaders to increase the market class it has pioneered and to help elevated enterprise adoption, significantly of its vertical options in insurance coverage, aggregates, mining, and development.

Wassenaar joins Airware as its first Chief Operations Officer to concentrate on scaling Airware’s operations globally and leveraging her understanding of enterprise must speed up adoption of Airware’s know-how. She has over 25 years of expertise in serving to organizations develop their operations, options portfolios, and buyer segments all through the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Wassenaar beforehand served as Chief Information Officer at New Relic, a number one digital intelligence firm, delivering full-stack visibility and analytics to enterprise prospects, the place she guided the corporate’s development technique and the event of its supporting unified know-how and knowledge platform. Prior to that, she served as SVP of Operations at New Relic, ready the corporate for its IPO, and led key development initiatives. She additionally held a number of management positions at VMware.

Baker has joined Airware to steer international gross sales, together with direct engagements with massive enterprises and enablement of companions and channels just like the Cat seller community. He has greater than 20 years of expertise serving to enterprises efficiently undertake new applied sciences that drive enterprise transformation, development, and scale. As the worldwide head of gross sales technique at Citrix, Baker helped the corporate develop from $800M to over $3B. At Savo, he led buyer portfolio development from 32 prospects to over 200 with a retention price of 98%. He has been part of over 42 acquisitions, serving to carry to market options combining one of the best of developed and bought know-how. Baker additionally brings years of expertise working with Cat sellers on each continent and has a wealth of worldwide expertise driving international gross sales organizations together with opening and rising places of work in APAC and EMEA.

Mackles has joined as VP of Product and leads Airware’s imaginative and prescient and roadmap for planning, capturing, processing, and analyzing aerial knowledge. He brings greater than 20 years of product administration expertise at platform firms together with Salesforce, Autodesk, and Microsoft, with a concentrate on serving to enterprise prospects get enterprise worth from disruptive, data-intensive applied sciences. At Autodesk, he led product for Autodesk’s geospatial and infrastructure division and managed a various AutoCAD portfolio which included desktop, cloud, and cell options. He additionally led Autodesk’s advertising know-how initiative together with unified buyer profile, buyer engagement platform, and the primary predictive analytics fashions. During his time at Salesforce, he led go-to-market for IoT Cloud, the corporate’s platform for event-based buyer engagement.

David Arsenault, VP of Engineering, Airware

Arsenault joins as VP of Engineering, bringing 35 years of expertise main software program improvement groups, together with 16 years at Autodesk as an architect and engineering chief the place he labored intently with Mackles and Airware’s VP of Professional Services, Don Weigel. During his tenure, Arsenault led engineering initiatives for Autodesk’s core product, geospatial merchandise and platforms, cell purposes, and cloud platforms and providers. He additionally served as chief architect for Autodesk’s geospatial enterprise unit and re-architected the geospatial product line to be an extensible, performant, and interoperable platform. He has over 15 years of constructing and interesting proficient, multicultural, and geographically dispersed engineering groups in areas together with North America, Europe, and Asia. Most lately he served as VP of Product Development for Blackboard the place he moved their flagship product, Learn, from a hosted enterprise to an AWS product.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome such seasoned enterprise leaders to Airware as we continue to expand our offerings, grow our customer base, and ensure our customers’ success in deploying commercial drones at scale. Yvonne, Rick, Andrew, and Dave have decades of experience helping large enterprises adopt and benefit from transformational technologies,” mentioned Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. “Each has been pivotal to the growth of highly successful organizations, and we look forward to leveraging their enterprise experience as we continue to scale the industry’s leading aerial business intelligence platform.”

Airware additionally introduced the appointment of Martin Casado, common associate at Andreessen Horowitz, as a brand new member of the board of administrators. A pioneer in Software Defined Networking, Casado cofounded Nicira Networks, which was acquired by VMware in 2012 for $1.26B. He brings appreciable experience in class creation, scaling enterprises, constructing gross sales organizations, and growing enterprise buyer packages. Casado will likely be changing Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon, who served on the board of Airware for the final 4 years.

“Airware has carved out its own market category – a feat very few companies successfully achieve – and will continue to own the market,” mentioned Casado. “I look forward to working alongside Jonathan and his experienced team to further establish Airware as the defacto drone solution for the enterprise.”

Frank Schroth is editor in chief of DroneLife, the authoritative supply for information and evaluation on the drone trade: it’s individuals, merchandise, tendencies, and occasions.
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