DANVERS, MA – September 15, 2016 – CyPhy Works, Inc. today announces that Lance Vanden Brook has been named chief executive officer (CEO). Lance will partner with CyPhy Works founder Helen Greiner, who will assume the role of chief technical officer (CTO). The company also announced that former president and chief operating officer (COO) of Kiva Systems, Amy Villeneuve, will assume the role of chairman of the CyPhy Works Board, effective immediately.
“Lance is an accomplished leader, with a background in both robotics, and the oil and gas industry,” said Helen Greiner, CyPhy Works founder and CTO. “I am excited for the future of CyPhy Works as we enter a growth phase.”
Vanden Brook previously led a $1 billion dollar business unit for Pilot Thomas Logistics serving as the senior vice president of their Energy and Industrial Group. Prior to Pilot, Lance was instrumental in driving the growth of Kiva Systems, a provider of fulfillment center automation using mobile robots and sophisticated control software; where he served as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Solutions. Lance was the Vice President of Sales for Invensys for seven years prior to Kiva, where he led sales and engineering teams supporting the Power and Energy sectors.
“The opportunity CyPhy Works has to offer proprietary technology that solves real problems in an exploding commercial market is incredible,” said Vanden Brook. “I’m excited to partner with Helen as we accelerate the company’s plans for commercial traction and sales in this fast growing and highly competitive market.”
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“It’s great to see the company continue its momentum, and I’m looking forward to working closely with Helen and Lance,” said Board chair Amy Villeneuve. “I know first-hand how valuable robotic tech platforms that are differentiated like CyPhy Works’ can be.”
“It’s an exciting time for Cyphy Works,” said Board member Bilal Zuberi of Lux Capital. “The addition of two accomplished executives like Lance and Amy is powerful, as they both have extensive experience leading engineering-focused companies.”
“We invested in the last round knowing the company was about to enter a rapid commercial growth phase, and we are witnessing that now,” said Felda Hardymon, Board member and partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.
About CyPhy Works
CyPhy Works is a leading drone company pursuing innovative aerial platforms to support customers in industries including defense, public safety, agriculture, energy, logistics, marine, mining, power and transportation. CyPhy Works’ tethered drones offer persistent, long-duration mission capability; secure data links for payload data, and for command/control; and easy, autonomous flight. For more information please visit http://www.cyphyworks.com or follow us on twitter at @CyPhyWorksInc or @HelenGreiner.
Company: CyPhy Works
Job: Chief Executive Officer
Cand: VandenBrook, Lance