One of the crucial well-known drone supply firms on the market has simply landed a key rent whose resume contains former Tesla CFO — and who additionally has ties to Alphabet, the corporate previously often known as Google.
California-based drone firm Zipline introduced in September that it has employed Deepak Ahuja to function its first ever Chief Enterprise and Chief Monetary Officer. Ahuja’s work historical past contains former Tesla CFO in addition to former Verily CFO, which is a life sciences analysis group that’s a part of Alphabet.
His first day within the new position as Zipline CFO is ready for Sept. 30, and his obligations will embrace overseeing world monetary operations, which embrace finance, accounting and investor relations.
Ahuja not the one large rent lately over at Zipline. The corporate additionally lately added its first ever Chief Advertising and marketing Officer, Ashley Chandler, who joins from previous roles at Colour Well being, Stripe and Google.
Zipline is basically thought of to be the most important drone service supplier on the earth given its presence in lots of international locations, (primarily creating international locations in Africa together with Rwanda and Ghana). To this point it has delivered greater than 380,000 packages over greater than 25 million autonomous miles, largely consisting of medical provides like blood, vaccines, prescriptions and COVID-related provides.
Extra lately, it has added on deliveries within the retail sector with extra conventional e-commerce objects. In truth, simply earlier this month, Zipline introduced a partnership with African e-commerce platform Jumia to make use of drones to ship its merchandise (which vary from electronics to clothes to magnificence merchandise) through drone in Ghana, with plans to develop elsewhere in Africa.
And Zipline continues to develop at a comparatively speedy clip. Whereas Zipline began 2021 with operations in simply three international locations, at present Zipline operates in seven international locations throughout three continents. It even conducts drone deliveries in america. Zipline claims that it completes, on common, one supply each two minutes. For context, Zipline accomplished as many deliveries final month because it did within the entirety of 2019.
“Because it was based, Zipline has centered on constructing options that may ship large scale at excessive ranges of automation and integration, and at low operational price,” Ahuja stated. “Zipline is due to this fact in a novel place to be a serious pressure in fixing this drawback at scale.”
Different latest wins for Zipline embrace receiving FAA Half 135 approval for its long-range drone supply service within the U.S., a partnership with the Toyota Tsusho Company, and the launch of a novel, new Detection and Avoidance (DAA) system that makes use of a acoustic-based expertise (relatively than visible sensor-based tech). And earlier this summer time, NASA introduced a partnership underneath a House Act Settlement the place Zipline will assist develop instruments and strategies underneath NASA’s (m:N) venture.