Airware CEO Steps Down After Six Years

Jonathan Downey, the founder and CEO of Airware, a San Francisco-based provider of end-to-end solutions that turn drone data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, is stepping down from his position as CEO.

According to a company blog written by Downey himself, Yvonne Wassenaar, Airware’s current chief operating officer, will take over as CEO on June 26.

Downey says he will still remain “deeply involved in the company” as a board member.

“Together, Yvonne and I make a great team, combining a long-term strategic view on the market with deep experience growing and scaling companies, including helping to take one public,” he writes in the blog.

Wassenaar joined Airware’s leadership team in May. With more than 25 years’ experience in “helping organizations grow their operations, solutions portfolios, and customer segments throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia,” Wassenaar is a “thought leader in cloud solutions, big data analytics and business digitization,” the blog says.

Downey, who established a drone-building student organization at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology back in college, founded Airware six years ago. Since then, the company has inked a number of notable investments, and last year, it acquired Redbird, a Paris-based developer of solutions to collect, process and deliver drone data for construction sites, quarries, mines and landfills.


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