AeroVironment Promotes Execs, Dives Further into Commercial Market


Monrovia, Calif.-based unmanned aerial systems (UAS) provider AeroVironment Inc. has announced senior leadership changes as it emerges further into the commercial market.

The company's electric-powered, hand-launched UAS generate and process data for military, public safety and commercial applications. Last June, the AeroVironment Puma AE was selected for the U.S.’ first authorized commercial UAS operation over land.

Wahid Nawabi, senior vice president, has been appointed the company’s chief operating officer, effective immediately. Nawabi served as general manager of the company’s Efficient Energy Systems (EES) business segment since 2011 and also led the company’s integrated engineering and operations functional organizations for the past year. The general managers of the company’s UAS and EES business segments now report to Nawabi.

Additionally, Roy Minson, senior vice president, has transitioned from general manager of the company’s UAS segment to lead AeroVironment’s strategic entry into the emerging commercial UAS market.

Kirk Flittie, previously vice president and business area leader for large UAS, has assumed the role of general manager for UAS.

Kenneth Karklin, previously director of quality systems, manufacturing engineering and services, has assumed the role of general manager for the EES business segment.

“We continue to cultivate exciting growth opportunities in our core UAS and EES segments, as well as new market opportunities for large UAS and commercial UAS, and are making the right changes to drive operational excellence and long-term growth as we begin our fiscal year 2016,” Tim Conver, chairman and CEO of AeroVironment.

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