Google and Facebook exec to head up Israeli autonomous drone startup Airobotics

Airobotics, the Israeli startup which built the world’s first fully automated drone, has appointed former Google and Facebook executive Richard Wooldridge as its new CEO.

Wooldridge has over two decades of managerial experience in the tech industry, leading teams at corporate companies to drive business and enhance product operations and innovation, from the startup stage to commercialization.

 “We’re very happy to have Richard on board during this exciting time of growth in our company,” said Ran Krauss, CEO and Co-Founder of Airobotics. “After securing $42.5 million in our latest funding round, we’ve begun to expand to new countries around the world and we’re continually working with new companies in various industrial fields. Richard is one of the world’s experts in scaling-up global business and his expertise will be vital as we enter our next phase of expansion.”

Woolridge served as the COO/GTM Lead at Facebook’s Building 8 and Google’s Advanced Technology and Products Group – both being consumer hardware teams responsible for innovative consumer electronics.

“His extensive corporate expertise in hardware manufacturing and supply chain management will contribute to Airobotics’ expansion and scale,” said the firm.

Most recently, Wooldridge, served as Motorola’s VP of Global Supply Chain for about five years. During his terms at Google and Motorola, he worked closely on developing modular smartphones and smartphone platforms.

Prior to joining Motorola as part of the Google acquisition, Wooldridge held several executive positions, including at Barnes and Noble as the VP of Operations and Logistics, at Flex as the SVP of Global Operations and Consumer Electronics Division, and at Nokia as SVP Supply Chain, working in multiple geographies.

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