Airware provides end-to-end solutions that enable enterprises to digitize their business and turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence. World-class enterprises look to Airware to improve productivity, operational efficiency, and worker safety. Airware has raised more than $90 million to date from leading venture capital investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and NextWorld Capital, with strategic investments from enterprise customers and partners including Caterpillar Ventures, GE Ventures, Google Ventures, Intel Capital. Airware is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and has a European office in Paris, France.
Yvonne joins Airware as CEO to focus on scaling Airware’s operations globally and leveraging her deep understanding of enterprise needs to accelerate adoption of Airware’s technology. She has over 25 years of experience in helping organizations grow their operations, solutions portfolios, and customer segments throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Yvonne is a thought leader in cloud solutions, big data analytics, and business digitization and specializes in helping companies successfully adopt and innovate with these technologies. Yvonne previously served as Chief Information Officer at New Relic, a leading digital intelligence company, delivering full-stack visibility and analytics to enterprise customers, where she was instrumental in guiding the company’s growth strategy and development of its supporting unified technology and data platform. Prior to that, she served as SVP of Operations at New Relic, prepared the company for its IPO, and led key growth initiatives. She also held multiple leadership positions at VMware, where she helped the company scale from $2B to $6B.
Jonathan Downey is a pioneer of the Commercial Drone industry. He founded Airware in 2011 and led Airware to raise over $90 million, growing the company over 6 years as its first CEO. Prior to that, he was involved in the development of drone technology in academia at MIT and for defense applications at Boeing. Jonathan also founded the Commercial Drone Fund in 2015 to accelerate innovation in the commercial drone space and is an an active angel investor in other companies on the cutting edge of technology including Cruise Automation and Ginkgo Bioworks. Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the largest non-profit devoted to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. In his free time, he enjoys flying manned aircraft and is a commercial multi-engine rated pilot with experience flying small singles up through twin turboprops.
Buddy Michini, Ph.D.
CTO, Founding Team
Buddy has a BS, MS and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research has included adaptive control for indoor UAVs, autonomous battery swap for aerial platforms, autopilot design for R&D, and robot learning from demonstration. As CTO, Buddy helps guide the long-term product roadmap to incorporate new developments from industry and academia into the Airware product line.
VP of Engineering
David joins as VP of Engineering, bringing 35 years of experience leading software development teams, including 16 years at Autodesk as an architect and engineering leader. During his tenure, David led engineering initiatives for Autodesk’s core product, geospatial products and platforms, mobile applications, and cloud platforms and services. He also served as chief architect for Autodesk’s geospatial business unit and re-architected the geospatial product line to be an extensible, performant, and interoperable platform. He has over 15 years of building and engaging talented, multicultural, and geographically dispersed engineering teams in regions including North America, Europe, and Asia. Most recently he served as VP of Product Development for Blackboard where he moved their flagship product, Learn, from a hosted enterprise to an AWS product.
VP of Global Sales
As the global head of sales, Rick provides go-to-market leadership to identify and engage with customers. Rick has more than 20 years of strategy and sales experience at public and private organizations. His journey has allowed him to work extensively in multiple international markets to position early-stage innovation to the largest and most complex customers in the world. From his early days in the USMC to now, his mission has been simple - deliver with integrity and honor. His passions include his family and practicing his skills as an amateur photographer.
Chelsea Jo Dietz
Head of Marketing and Communications
Chelsea is the head of marketing and communications at Airware. She is responsible for telling the Airware story, and runs public relations, marketing and communications for the company. Prior to joining Airware, Chelsea led PR and marketing for New Markets Group, where she worked with a global network of university research, science and technology parks, national laboratories and startups.
VP of Product
As VP of Product, Andrew leads Airware's product vision, roadmap, and execution for planning, capturing, processing, and analyzing aerial data. He brings more than 20 years product management experience, including Salesforce, Autodesk, and Microsoft, with a focus on helping customers get business value from disruptive, data-intensive technologies. Andrew is also deeply passionate about drones. With his whole family participating in the radio-controlled airplane hobby, including one son who competes nationally, he's a strong advocate for youths who want to turn a hobby into a life-long career.
VP General Counsel and VP of Business Operations
As VP General Counsel, Sasha manages all legal and regulatory matters. As VP Business Operations, Sasha manages Human Resources, Recruiting, IT, Information Security, and Real Estate & Workplace. Sasha has 21 years of legal and operational experience at public and private technology companies including serving as COO, managing corporate strategy, capital financings, M&A activity, and business development. He has worked at a range of companies including CNET Networks, LeapFrog, Lexar, and Livescribe. Prior to moving in house, Sasha worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco. Sasha has a JD from UCLA School of Law. In his free time, Sasha enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and three children.
VP of Professional Services
Don is Vice President of Professional Services at Airware. In this capacity, he is responsible for delivery of Airware solutions to customers and ensuring that customer and industry requirements are reflected in the Airware product roadmap. Don previously served as Airware’s VP of Product and led the development and launch of the first release of the Aerial Information Platform. Over the past 25 years Don has led product management, development, and partner programs at several of the world’s leading geospatial technology firms including Polaris Wireless, deCarta, Autodesk, Trimble, and Esri.
VP of Customer Success
As the VP of Customer Success at Airware, Bill leads the support, training, documentation and success teams. His focus is on enabling customers to fully utilize Airware's suite of products. His experience spans manufacturing, B2B, B2C, retail operations, and enterprise SAAS software for companies ranging startups to large corporations. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego and enjoys traveling.
Manager, Vehicle Integration and Flight Testing
Stefan integrates the Airware platform into customer vehicles and conducts flight testing of new aircraft, payloads, and sensors that will become Airware-compatible. Stefan came to Airware from Toronto, Canada, where he was a UAV Project Engineer at Brican Flight Systems, a small UAV manufacturer, integrator, and service provider. Stefan attended the University of Toronto, where he participated in the AUVSI student UAS competition, the Canadian UAS competition, and the SAE Aero Design competition, and earned a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering.
EMEA Marketing Manager
Philippine is the EMEA Marketing Manager at Airware in Paris. She constantly finds new ways to promote Airware’s commercial drone solutions. Before joining Airware, she worked as an Event Coordinator in a media consulting firm, and as a Marketing Project Manager at Red Bull. Philippine earned a Master's Degree in International Marketing in 2014. She discovered drones after watching her friend’s high resolution videos for iconic sports brands, which were captured by drones. During her spare time, she loves discovering new indie rock bands, travelling and spending time with her friends.
Product Design Manager
At Airware, Mark is a Product Designer working on the visual design of the the GCS, the Configuration Manager and the Web Application. Prior to Airware, Mark designed enterprise content management applications at Box.com, and point-of-care medical applications for Unbound Medicine. When he’s not designing he enjoys drawing, playing chess and exploring the outdoors.
Brett Bethke, Ph.D.
Senior Software Architect
Brett is architecting the messaging framework that allows communication between Airware-compatible components. Before he joined Airware, Brett was a Computational Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, where he developed optimization algorithms and analysis tools for a variety of problem domains including hydropower operations and building energy efficiency. Prior to that, Brett was CTO of Feder Aerospace Inc., where he envisioned, designed and delivered an advanced software platform for robotic control applications for Unmanned Aerial Systems. Brett has a Ph.D and a SM in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.
As a software engineer on the App Core team, Brian develops software for distributing and deploying high-level applications to run in-flight. Before Airware, he developed the second generation Docker Registry and related enterprise components, and prior to that was the CTO and founder of Koality, where he developed scalable on-premise continuous integration and deployment systems. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring and photographing the outdoors, cooking, and live music.
Jérôme is a GIS Analyst at Airware, where he processes drone data. His responsibilities include participating in the implementation of production lines and cartographic data, producing images/orthophotographies and DSMs, and ensuring a high quality of data. Jérôme has a Master’s Degree in Geomatics from the University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. In his free time, he enjoys sports and travelling.
Full Stack Developer
Christophe is a Full Stack Developer at Airware. His mission is to improve the Redbird Cloud application; making it fast, powerful & user-friendly. Christophe graduated from ENSICAEN with a degree in Computer Science & Image Processing. In his spare time, Christophe likes DIY design and building projects, such as Lego.
Wael is a Business Developer at Airware. He is in charge of maintaining client relationships and looking for potential prospects to create and increase ROI for Redbird. Wael graduated from the University College of Bahrain with a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and Communication, majoring in Graphic Design. Recently, he completed a specialized Marketing Master’s Degree courses in International Sport and Events Management. In his spare time, Wael enjoys tennis, volleyball, historical documentaries and DIY building projects.
Dave is the Regulatory Lead at Airware, handling all all regulatory matters within the company including operational approvals, and compliance. He is also involved forward looking organizations, and research like ASTM, NASA UAS Traffic Management, AUVSI, and FAA UAS Test Site operations. Dave also supports the integration team in flight testing, and operations. He received his B.S in Physical Science at the University of Maryland, and an M.AS in Aeronautical Science with a specialization in unmanned aircraft systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Outside of work, Dave maintains his favorite childhood hobby flying Radio Control aircraft, and when he can afford it, full-scale aircraft. He also enjoys playing guitar, golf, ultimate frisbee, and camping.
Mark is one of our Sales Engineers responsible for working with our customers to help them take full advantage of aerial informatioin for their business - from initial technical, operational, and economic feasibility analysis to oversight during the delivery of services engagements. Mark has over 15 years of experience using, marketing, and helping companies implement geospatial and civil engineering software solutions. Prior to joining Airware, he worked for companies including Placer Dome, IT Corporation, Autodesk, and Ekho. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, and riding and running the trails of Marin County, CA.
Director of Finance
As the Director of Finance at Airware, Chris leads the company's financial planning and analysis process. He is responsible for generating company operating plans and forecasts as well as ongoing reporting and analyses to enhance the company's financial decision making. Prior to Airware, he worked at several tech start ups where he has led finance teams and helped those companies achieve successful outcomes. Chris grew up outside of Boston and has a BA from Georgetown University. He has lived in the Bay Area since 2000 and outside of work he enjoys spending time with his two amazing daughters while also exploring Marin's beautiful running trails and cycling routes.
Edouard is a GIS Analyst at Airware in Paris, where he processes drone data. He produces 2D and 3D maps while ensuring a high quality of data. Prior to Airware, he worked on a railway project conducted with LiDar data at SNCF (France's national state-owned railway company). Edouard has a Master‘s Degree in GIS and Natural Hazards and Risks from University of Marne-la-Vallée (Paris). In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and squash and spending time with his friends.
Emmanuel de Maistre
VP of AEC
Emmanuel de Maistre is the Vice President of the AEC department at Airware, based in San Francisco. Emmanuel manages the AEC department’s strategy, partnerships, press relations and sales. He graduated from the leading French university, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, and earned a Master’s Degree at HEC, the number one Business School in Europe. Emmanuel has over 10 years of experience working for and launching tech companies. Before joining Airware, he was the Co-founder and CEO of Redbird, drone data analytics pioneer, that developed a powerful cloud solution for the heavy industries. He also co-founded, and was the Chairman of the French Commercial Drone Association, from 2013-2014.
Emmanuel’s love for aviation led him to train for his Private Pilot Licence, wherein he discovered his passion for drones.
Staff iOS Developer
Tim is a Staff iOS Developer at Airware. Tim has over 15 years of experience working with mobile and internet technologies spanning a range of disciplines, from software development to product management. Previously, he was an iOS Engineer at Skimble Inc., where he designed and built fitness apps. Tim earned a B.S.E. in Aerospace at the University of Michigan and is also a private pilot. Outside of work, he is an avid rock climber and runner.
Software Engineering Intern
Nikhil grew up in Punjab, Northern India and earned his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Guru Nanak Dev University, India. He previously worked at Tata Consultancy Services prior to moving to the US. Currently he is pursuing his Masters Degree in Software Engineering from San Jose State University. Apart from work, he enjoys cooking, being outdoors, playing volleyball and ping pong.
Lucas is a Software Engineer on Airware’s Cloud/UI team. He helps build the configuration manager and cloud frontend. Prior to Airware, he spent two years in Tokyo writing the frontend for a cutting-edge industrial robotics planning platform. While an undergrad at RPI, he helped develop an intra-wing robotic inspection system for Boeing, as well as an experimental X-ray optic production facility at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Outside his passion for robotics, Luke enjoys running, cycling, sailing, bad puns, building furniture out of garbage and is a voracious consumer of podcasts.
Mihaela is a GIS Analyst at Airware, where she is in charge of data accuracy on Redbird. Mihaela has a Bachelor’s degree from the Romanian Aviation academy, and a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing. In her free time, Mihaela enjoys travelling, reading and flying airplanes - she has over 260 hours of flight on Cessna and Piper Seneca 34 airplanes.
Jack is a UAV Pilot for the Professional Services Team. He works to enable proof of concept flights with enterprise customers in multiple industries. Jack has a Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems from Kansas State University. Along with flying UAVs commercially and academically, he has also developed Standard Operating Procedures and Safety Management Systems for Unmanned Systems. In his spare time, Jack enjoys flying, developing himself as a leader, outdoor activities such has climbing and hiking, and loves country swing dancing.
Guillaume is a topographer at Airware. He is in charge of producing high-quality maps that meet the specifics needs of Airware’s customers. He used to work on the field and now enjoys processing the data collected by drones at Airware’s EMEA office. He plays soccer in a local team and plays tennis and climbing occasionally.
Kate is the Accounting Manager at Airware. She began her career at Deloitte & Touche LLP where she served clients in the software and technology industries. Most recently, she worked in the financial control and reporting group at Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P, a financial services firm in New York City. Kate leads the finance and accounting processes for sales invoicing, revenue recognition, customer payments, financial reporting and inventory accounting. Kate has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from College of the Holy Cross.
EMEA Office Manager
As the Office Manager at Airware’s European Headquarters in Paris, Margaux is in charge of organizing the office. She maintains office services and accounting. Prior to Airware, she worked three years at another AEC Start-Up as a Production Manager and Marketing Assistant. She has a degree in Chinese Language and Culture. She enjoys cross stitching, cookin and traveling.
Boya is Software Engineer on the Cloud team. She graduated from college with a degree in biology and previously spent time working in biotech. She enjoys hiking, funny license plates, and contemplating spontaneous appearances of sand.
Diana is the HR Manager at Airware’s European Headquarters, where she implements and manages training and career development. She is in charge of recruitment for the company, administrative duties and onboarding new members at Airware’s European office. Diana earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Université Paris 5, and a Master’s in HR Management from Inseec Business School in central Paris. Her hobbies include tennis, attending concerts and travelling.
GIS and Remote Sensing Engineer
As a GIS and Remote Sensing Engineer at Airware, David is responsible for developing geospatial solutions and products with data acquired by Airware enabled drones. Prior to joining Airware, David worked as the technical lead for the GeoSAR radar mapping platform, producing country and state wide elevation and imagery data as well as developing new geospatial deliverables. David is a certified GISP and holds a Masters of Professional Studies in Geographic Information Systems from The University of Maryland Baltimore County. In his free time he enjoys brewing beer and wine, kayaking and live music.
Scott is an iOS Engineer.
At Airware, Clément is a Data Scientist. His role is to find ways to automatically analyze, segment and classify images/orthophotographies. He has a PhD in signal and image processing. Clement is an experienced go-player in his spare time, and also enjoys karting, bike freeriding and playing guitar.
Matt George, Ph.D.
Senior Engineer, Software Data Analysis
Matt is a Software Engineer for Data Analysis on Airware's Cloud team, building infrastructure and algorithms to process flight data. Previously, he was a data scientist and engineer at Square, building internal data products and machine learning tools for payments analytics. Matt earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics at UC Berkeley, studying the spatial distribution of dark matter and galaxies. Outside of work, he is an avid camper and cyclist.
Technical Project Manager
As the Technical Project Manager at Airware, Kartik is responsible for managing projects from conception to completion in the professional services organization. He spent four years in the aerospace industry working as a systems engineer for communication spacecraft then as project manager for advanced development and government projects. Most recently, he was a quality lead at a medical device startup, managing compliance testing and deployments of internal tools for product life cycle management. Kartik received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Master of Engineering in Space Systems from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In his spare time, Kartik enjoys hosting dinner parties, paragliding, rock climbing, and exploring all things outdoors.
Channel Development Manager
As Airware's Channel Development Manager, Lauren works with current and prospective customers to make sure Airware's sales process runs smoothly. Previously, Lauren worked at NASA recalibrating the Aquarius satellite which was reporting inaccurate sea surface salinity data. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems and a Master of Science in Water Solutions and Risk Management from Stanford University. Lauren's passions are protecting freshwater and seeing the world.
Pete is a Software Engineer at Airware. He formerly attended the University of Nevada Reno and SJSU concentrating in computer science and electrical engineering. He has extensive experience in C++ and C# and has worked in a variety of industries including medical devices, cellular, and financial data. He has applied distributed processing solutions and developed application frameworks and APIs to solve challenging problems, accelerate development times, and improve software solutions and processes across a diverse array of domains. He is currently working on extending the Airware platform to enable in-house and third party application development for customizing UAVs for specialized applications.
Nicolas is a Data Scientist Assistant at Airware. He studied coding and algorithms at 42 in Paris (famous French computer programming school). He is in charge of improving the automation of Airware’s image processing workflow. He loves learning new algorithms.
Data Scientist Assistant
As a Data Scientist Assistant at Airware, Héloïse is working on automating the production workflow thanks to machine learning algorithms. She is finishing her engineering studies in Image and Signal Processing at the Grenoble Institute of technology (Grenoble INP) in France. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, skiing and arts and crafts.
Damien is a Data Scientist at Airware. His role is to find ways to automatically analyze, segment and classify images/orthophotographies using computer vision algorithms and machine learning algorithms. Damien earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Vision, and also completed a PhD thesis in the same subject. He first discovered drones when interviewing at the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) after his PhD thesis. Damien’s interests range from guitar, roller derby, reading, sports and old cars.
Director of Engineering
At Airware, Volkan is a Senior Software Engineer on the Cloud team. Prior to Airware, he was the infrastructure lead for the Merchandising Backend at eBay New York, where he architected and built a new system for capturing, processing and serving real-time user data at scale, improved site reliability and speed, and lead a wide range of backend projects. He has dual Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science and in Operations Research from MIT. In his free time, he enjoys mountaineering, skiing and biking.
Cloud Product Developer
Hawa is a Cloud Product Developer for Airware, where she works on Redbird. Hawa is in charge of requests for changes, modifications and bug prevention on the application. Hawa earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from ITIN and has worked as a Developer ever since. In her spare time, Hawa enjoys going to the cinema, reading Sci-Fi and fantasy novels.
Director of Film and Creative
Matt is thrilled to craft stories that build the Airware brand and engage viewers in the exciting world of commercial drone technology. Prior to joining Airware, Matt directed television spots and consulted for international advertising agencies, production companies, corporate clients and philanthropies. His brand work received distinctions at the Cannes Advertising Festival and the London International Awards. In his spare time, he enjoys to cook and studied at an Italian culinary school. He also shoots narrative comedy short films with a creative partner; the films can be seen on HBO, NBC/Universal, Canal+, AMC Networks, and Virgin Atlantic.
VP of European Sales
Benjamin is the VP of European Sales for the AEC department at Airware, where he defines sales strategies, manages the sales team and clients. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from ESSEC, one of the leading business schools in the world, and has over ten years of experience in sales and business. Before joining Airware, Benjamin was the Co-founder and VP of Sales at Redbird, which was launched in 2013, and became one of the leading civil UAV operators in the French industrial market. In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his family, sampling whiskey, playing golf and fly-fishing.
Customer Support Engineer
As a part of Airware's Customer Success Team, Phil is responsible for driving Support offerings for our products across our global customer base. He brings 10+ years experience in developing and administering support knowledge bases, defining support processes and streamlining SOP and scaling. Outside of work, Phil's interests include woodworking, home brewing, gardening, and recording music.
Data Science Intern
Sumedha is attending the University of California, San Diego. She is part of Airware's Data Science Team, so her focus is fun Data Science stuff utilizing Images. Prior to Airware, Sumedha worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland, IDC and Lucidworks. In her spare time, she likes to cook, listen to music and occasionally paint.
GIS Analyst Assistant
As GIS Analyst Assistant, Mégane’s role is to find the best hardware for accurate production data, to help Airware’s customers choose the best drone for their needs. She finished her Master degree in Information Geographic: spatial analysis and teledetection at the ENSG (Champs-sur-Marne). In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading.
Valery is a UAV Pilot at Airware. He is responsible for flight operations during demonstrations for customers and developing the drone pilots network. Valery competed at a high level for swim teams in France, and was awarded a sports scholarship to Henderson State University, Arkansas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation. He is a commercial multi-engine rated, certified flight instructor pilot with experience flying small singles and twins. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, model aviation, and listening to country music.
Senior Instructional Designer
As a Senior Instructional Designer at Airware, Harold partners with executives, subject matter experts, and project stakeholders to scope, design, and develop training and performance programs for UAV flight operations and business development. Prior to Airware, he worked at Navis and PG&E, producing a wide range of instructor-led and interactive video training programs. In his spare time, Harold plays soccer and composes music.
Alan is a Product Design Intern working on the visual design and experience of Airware's Cloud Platform and Web Applications. Prior to Airware, Alan interned as a Product Designer at Adobe where he designed mobile tools for creating social graphics. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis. In his free time, Alan enjoys painting, traveling, and hiking the outdoors.
Customer Service Engineer
Kasey is a part of the growing Customer Success team. Before joining Airware Kasey built teams at FiveStars, Blue Apron, and Deloitte. She studied Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. In her free time, she’s most likely playing with her two miniature dachshunds, Belle & Bobby, at Golden Gate Park.
Director of Sales Operations
As the Director of Sales Operations, Merlin is responsible for ensuring efficiency in the processes and tools uses by the Airware’s sales teams, and ultimately ensuring that Airware’s customers have an industry best transaction experience. Prior to Airware, Merlin was Head of Sales for PowerVision Robot, and Senior Director of Global Sales for 3D Robotics. Prior to that Merlin ran Sales Operations and Enablement at a subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Merlin has a degree in English from Arizona State University, and in his spare time you’ll find Merlin writing poetry, novels, taking photographs and working on various graphic art projects.
Head Business Developer
Thibaut is the Head Business Developer at Airware. His current responsibilities include the development of channel management tools and distribution networks in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Airware, Thibaut worked for NASA in California, USA, OHB (Space industry) in Bremen, Germany and the European Commission (Galileo space program). Thibaut graduated from SUPAERO, earning a MSc. in Aerospace Engineering, and earned his Master’s degree in Public Affairs at Sciences Po. Thibaut has always been passionate about aviation and in his spare time likes to practice outdoors activities, such as canyoning, ski touring or mountain climbing.
Field Operations Manager
Franck is the Field Operations Manager at Airware in Paris. His responsibilities include managing the network of pilots, managing missions in compliance to the latest regulations and seeking new technical solutions. Previously, he was a professional airplane pilot and instructor who wanted to explore the future of aviation, which he was convinced was linked to drones. In Franck’s spare time, he enjoys piloting above the coast of Brittany, playing sports, partying with friends, and of course, spending time with his family.
Head of Talent
As the Head Of Talent at Airware, Trevor leads the team that brings in new talent across the company. His responsibilities are focussed around helping us recruit a diverse and talented team of undeniably quality people who believe in the Airware vision and align with core culture. As part of this, he will be working closely with all of you in leading a streamlined process that helps us quickly close candidates in your key roles. Prior to Airware, Trevor worked at several top recruiting agencies specializing in engineering and product talent as well as a term in an internal role where he developed his skill set further. In his spare time he stays in tune with his musical background by producing music and playing shows around SF.
Benjamin is a UAV Pilot at Airware. He is responsible for flight operations and develops the drone pilots network in Europe. Previously, he was a trainer at Apple. He loves searching for new technologies, music and video making. During his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and producing music. He also loves travelling around the world.
Marketing Events Manager
As the Marketing Events Manager at Airware, Annie executes all events for the marketing team. Prior to Airware, she worked at a boutique agency in San Francisco where she managed the gamut from executive dinners to global conferences. Annie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. In her spare time, she enjoys live music, running and spending time with her dog.
Director of Engineering, Redbird
Hervé is the Director of Engineering for Redbird at Airware. He defines the integration strategy for all of Redbird’s advanced IP components in order to build a fully industrialized cloud-based scalable offering. Hervé graduated with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering. While he worked at Accenture, he led innovation initiatives, cloud propositions and large programs for enterprises. He discovered drones and won an innovation contest with a new business plan involving drones and advanced image analytics. In his spare time Hervé enjoys tasting good wine and good food with friends and his wife, doing or collecting pop art and everything that involves his young boy.
VP of European Operations
Emmanuel is the VP of European Operations at Airware. After spending fifteen years in Africa & Asia, Emmanuel returned to France and obtained a Master’s Degree in Science, Information Technology & Management. Emmanuel earned a Master of Science from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He then became part of Microsoft France’s Marketing Department, after which he joined the number one Business school, HEC, for a Master’s Degree in Engineering, wherein he graduated with honors. Previously, Emmanuel was the COO and Co-founder of Redbird.
Customer Engagement Director
As a Customer Engagement Director, John helps Airware's customers realize the value of incorporating commercial drones into their day-to-day business operations. Prior to Airware, he delivered large-scale, transformational programs that have enabled Fortune 100 corporations and startups to enhance performance, improve operations, and delight stakeholders. John brings over 14 years of cross-industry experience in management consulting, professional services, and customer success. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the world, sampling good eats, and exploring the outdoors.
Staff Engineer, Software
Donna is a Staff Software Engineer at Airware developing software for UAV command and control. Donna has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing a wide range of mission critical technologies and more than 10 years of experience leading software product development teams. Prior to joining Airware, she was a Principal Software Engineer at General Dynamics C4 Systems, where she was the technical lead for TT&C components for the NASA Space Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) project.
Software Engineer, Test Infrastructure
At Airware, Don is a Software Engineer working on the cloud testing infrastructure. Prior to Airware, he spent 3 years on the East Coast building test solutions and digital products for brands like Disney, Cisco, and Cartoon Network. In his spare time, he loves biking around town and watching eSports.
Senior GIS / Remote Sensing Engineer
Jatin is a Senior GIS/Remote Sensing Engineer with the Professional Services group at Airware where he is responsible for the delivery of geo-spatial data products. Prior to joining Airware, as a consultant and software engineer, Jatin designed and delivered GIS software solutions and applications using industry leading GIS / Remote Sensing technology and APIs addressing diverse market segments. Jatin has diploma in Oil and Gas Processing Technology from M.S. University, India and Master of Science in Geoinformatics from Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Observation, Netherlands. Jatin is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and enjoys working his rig, astro-photography and riding his classic British motorbikes.
Jean is an intern in the UAV Pilot team at Airware. He is responsible for flight operations and helps develop the drone pilots network. He is finishing his aeronautical engineering studies. In his free time he likes to play sports and spend time with his family.
As Corporate Counsel at Airware, Rob is responsible for managing corporate legal matters and commercial agreements. Prior to Airware, Rob worked as a Cast Engineer at ATK on rocket programs. Recently, Rob was an Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Rob has a JD from Stanford Law School, as well as a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. In his spare time, Rob enjoys fixing cars, riding motorcycles, snowboarding, and watching college sports.
Head of Data Production, AEC
At Airware, Guillaume is the Geospatial Manager. His role is to understand customer needs to develop Redbird, while ensuring quality and on-time delivery of our product. Guillaume was fascinated by drones after working in the Papua New Guinea rainforest for Exxon Mobil, where they used drones to promote the project. Guillaume graduated from ESTP, a leading civil engineering school, with a degree in Civil and Land Surveying engineering. He also earned an MBA from the Sorbonne Business School. In his spare time, Guillaume enjoys travelling and adrenaline sports, such as kitesurfing, snowboarding and scuba diving with sharks.
Brian is a product manager at Airware, currently supporting the development and release of the Airware Ground Control Station and Configuration Manager software. Brian was also our flight test director during field testing in Kenya in 2013. Previously, Brian worked at Compass Systems Inc., where he worked on UAV-based projects for the NAVAIR 4.5X Special Surveillance Program, accumulating hundreds of hours as a mission commander, payload operator, pilot and instructor.
Head of People Ops
As the Head of People Ops at Airware, Christine oversees all things people related. She is responsible for building culture & people strategy, inclusion & diversity, learning & leadership development, compensation & benefits, HR technology, performance, and building global teams. Prior to joining Airware, she spent over 15 years in HR leadership roles in various companies ranging from startups to highly matrixed, international organizations. Christine studied human development at Kansas State University and HR & organizational development at Friends University. In her spare time, she enjoys international vacations and Bay Area staycations.
Cloud and Product Developer
At Airware, Niall is a Cloud and Product Developer, where he develops innovative GIS solutions. Niall is originally British and was keen to move to Paris to absorb the culture and improve his French. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Edinburgh, and after went on to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter). In Niall’s previous role, he was involved in a number of research projects examining the application of drone technology for the Defence industry.
Director of Solutions Management
Jeff is the Director of Solutions Management at Airware. He is responsible for defining the tools, technology and sensors that will help users derive critical business insight from the rich data collected from commercial drone use. Over the last 9 years, prior to joining Airware, Jeff was a Senior Product Manager at Autodesk, responsible for developing geospatial, civil engineering, and utilities products for cloud, mobile, web and desktop applications.
Solutions and Support Engineer
At Airware, Will is a Support Engineer working with the Integration team to test the Aerial Information Platform. Prior to Airware, he was a team leader on projects funded by Rockwell Collins and Boeing, at which he developed various waterproof unmanned aerial vehicles for use in ecological missions for the Oregon and Alaskan departments of Fish and Wildlife. Will has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanincal Engineering, with a concentration in in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Data Science Engineer
Isaac joined Airware as a Data Science Engineer after wrapping up his Ph.D. in Astrophysics at UC Berkeley. At Berkeley he studied with Prof. Alex Filippenko, observing supernovae using a variety of telescopes and working to understand the physics that govern these complex and dramatic explosions. What that really means, however, is that he spent his grad school days writing a lot of Python code to automate measurements, calculate statistics, and fit models to messy data. Before that, he got his bachelors degree from Harvard, and before that he grew up in Iowa.
Thomas is a GIS Engineer at Airware. He is responsible for developing GIS tools for the monitoring of Redbird. He completed his Master’s Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University Paris VII, and discovered his passion for drones in 2013 with mountain vegetation studies. Thomas’s hobbies include hiking, skiing, playing chess, sampling cheese and going to the theater.
Director of IT
Ash maintains the IT infrastructure that keeps the Airware office humming along at light speed. He brings seven years of experience designing, implementing and supporting systems for a wide variety of organizations. Prior to joining Airware, he was supporting an international non-profit in the fight against human trafficking. He has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.
Full Stack Developer
At Airware, Alice works in the Cloud & Product Development team as a Full Stack Developer, where she develops Redbird and works on the integration of the images processing tool on the Cloud. She has a Master’s degree in Oceanography and Hydrography, and previously worked for six years as a Hydrographic Surveyor in the Oil and Gas industry in Subsea 7. Alice then earned a degree in Web Development before joining Airware. In her spare time, Alice enjoys swimming, biking, participating in triathlons and acting.
Manager of Engineering, Test Automation
As Senior Test Automation Engineer at Airware, Mek drives the test automation efforts for our cloud platform. Prior to Airware, he worked at Tidemark, doing full-stack test automation and lead multiple feature releases. Mek has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Mahidol University International College, Thailand. He spends his spare time on coffee, music and value investing.
Full Stack Developer
At Airware, Kévin is a Full Stack Developer, where he develops innovative GIS solutions for the Redbird application. Prior to Airware, he worked for three years in a utility company as a Web developer. He has a Master’s Degree in Web development and E-Business. In his free time, he enjoys working out, running, biking and swimming.
Manager of Engineering, Software Infrastructure
Brian is the Manager of Engineering, Software Infrastructure at Airware. Here, he manages the release engineering and all tools for developer productivity. Brian has more than 5 years of experience with release engineering and more than 10 years of experience as a software engineer. Previously, he has worked for companies including Terracotta, Snapfish and St. Jude Medical. In his free time, Brian enjoys playing sports with his kids and trying out new restaurants to improve his San Francisco foodie street cred.
Engineer, Test Automation
As a test automation engineer at Airware, Shu works on building the software and hardware tools that enable automatic testing. Prior to Airware, he worked on a hand gesture controlled quadcopter and an autonomous underwater vehicle. Shu received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University in 2015. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring all that the Bay Area has to offer
Full Stack Developer
Jieren is a Full Stack Developer at Airware, where he develops all activities for Redbird, making it fast, powerful & user-friendly. Jieren earned a Master’s Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from the Université Paris Diderot, one of the leading French universities. In his spare time, Jieren likes to play football with friends.
As an Engagement Director, Adam helps Airware's customers identify and implement innovative, high-value drone applications tailored to fit operations. Prior to Airware, he focused on operations strategy, leading engineering and technical teams at a public industrials company. He has worked across a range of companies including U.S. Silica, Booz & Company, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems. Adam brings over 15 years of cross-industry experience in technical leadership, business operations, corporate development and management consulting. Outside of work, he enjoys collecting passport stamps and putting local trails underfoot with his wife and dog.
Charley is a UAV Pilot for the Professional Services team. He is responsible for flight operations during demonstrations for our customers and develops standard flight operating procedures for safe and effective operations. He has been flying UAVs for the past two years, serving as the PIC with mission planning, briefing, ground and flight safety and debriefing. Charley has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University, in Aviation Flight Science and Aviation Administration. In his spare time, he enjoys flying, mountain biking, model aviation and working on his truck.
Executive Chairman at Cisco
John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, is a working chairman with key areas of responsibility that include: focusing on country digitization and building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He is an advisor to CEO, Chuck Robbins, on the company’s strategy, digital transformation, security and strategic partnerships, among other areas. In addition, he serves as the current Chairman of the US-India Business Council (USIBC).
Chambers became President and CEO in 1995 and Chairman of the Board in 2006. He helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion in FY15. In 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. He served as Chairman and CEO from 2006 – 2015.
Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 20 years at the helm of Cisco, including Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” one of Barron’s’ “World’s Best CEOs,” the “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine.
In addition, Chambers takes an active role in corporate social responsibility initiatives worldwide and has been recognized for his and Cisco’s philanthropic leadership, including receiving the U.S. State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award (ACE) twice.
Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982-1990) and six years with IBM (1976-1982). He holds a Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts degree in business and a law degree from West Virginia University and a master of business administration degree in finance and management from Indiana University.
General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mike Abbott joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2011 and focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice, helping entrepreneurs in the social, mobile and cloud computing sectors rapidly scale teams and ventures. Mike serves as an expert resource on enterprise infrastructure, cloud computing and “big data.” He also helps entrepreneurs win the race for talent in a hyper-competitive recruitment environment. An engineering leader, entrepreneur and investor, Mike led the building of innovative, high-performance applications and services at Twitter, Palm and Microsoft before he joined KPCB. Mike is also an expert in “big data” businesses, having been the founder of Composite Software (acquired by Cisco).
Formerly the vice president of engineering at Twitter, Mike led the team to rebuild and solidify Twitter’s infrastructure, growing the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than a year and a half, and scaling Twitter’s architecture to support hundreds of millions of daily tweets. Before joining Twitter, Mike led the software development team at Palm that created HP/Palm’s next-generation webOS platform. Earlier in his career, Mike was the general manager at Microsoft for .NET online services, which became Azure. He was also co-founder of Passenger Inc. Mike has advised and invested in numerous software companies throughout his career, including Cloudera, Hearsay Labs, Jawbone, Saynow, Reverb Technologies, Toytalk and Locu.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University and has completed coursework toward a Ph.D. at the University of Washington.
General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
Martin Casado is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously the cofounder and chief technology officer at Nicira, which was acquired by VMware in 2012. While at VMware, Martin served as senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit.
Martin started his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on large-scale simulations for the Department of Defense before moving over to work with the intelligence community on networking and cybersecurity. These experiences inspired his work at Stanford where he created the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, leading to a new paradigm of network virtualization. While at Stanford he also cofounded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006.
For his work, Martin was awarded both the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award and the NEC C&C award, and he’s an inductee of the Lawrence Livermore Lab’s Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame. He holds both a PhD and Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. Martin serves on the boards of the Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies DeepMap, Mashape, Pindrop Security and SigOpt.
Founder & CEO
Jonathan is the Founder and CEO of Airware. He began working on small UAS while studying electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduation, he joined Boeing to work on the development of the A160T Hummingbird, a fully autonomous 6,000-pound helicopter, which broke the world record for longest endurance helicopter flight. Jonathan founded Airware in 2011 due to both personal and industry frustrations with the inflexible and costly “black box” autopilots on the market. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys flying manned aircraft. He is a commercial multi-engine rated pilot with experience flying small singles up through twin turboprops.
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