Airware Names a Number of New Executives


Airware, which provides end-to-end solutions that turn aerial drone data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, has announced several new additions to its executive team and board of directors.

Joining the company are Yvonne Wassenaar as chief operations officer, Rick Baker as vice president of global sales, Andrew Mackles as vice president of product and David Arsenault as vice president of engineering.

“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,” states Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. “Yvonne, Rick, Andrew and Dave have decades of experience helping large enterprises adopt and benefit from transformational technologies.”

Wassenaar previously served as chief information officer at New Relic, a digital intelligence company. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president of operations at New Relic. She has also held multiple leadership positions at Vmware.

Baker, a 15-year, decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran, previously served as global head of sales strategy at Citrix. He also brings years of experience working with Cat dealers on every continent.

Mackles brings more than 20 years of product management experience at platform companies including Salesforce, Autodes, and Microsoft.

Arsenault brings 35 years of experience leading software development teams, including 16 years at Autodesk as an architect and engineering leader, where he worked closely with Mackles and Airware’s vice president of professional services, Don Weigel. Most recently, he served as vice president of product development for Blackboard.

The company has also added Martin Casado, co-founder of Nicira Networks and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, to its board of directors. Casado will be replacing Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon, who served on the board of Airware for four years.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Airware also has an office in Paris (following the company’s acquisition of Redbird last year). Airware says the latest additions to its team will support increased enterprise adoption of its software, particularly vertical solutions in insurance, aggregates, mining and construction.

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

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