DDC Appoints Former Staples Business Advantage Canada President, Mr. Michael Zahra, as Senior VP Operations

Drone Delivery Canada , is pleased to announce the management appointment of Mr. Michael Zahra as Senior Vice President of Operations and Strategy as the Company moves to commercial operations in 2019.

 

“We have known Mr. Zahra professionally for over two years in his former capacity as President of Staples Business Advantage Canada. At Staples, Mr. Zahra hired and developed key leaders in his high-performance team of over 1200 people.  He was also responsible for oversight of the shipment of millions of products annually, from 10 distribution centres and a fleet of over 170 trucks nationally, with full profitability responsibility and revenues over $500 Million,” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. “Mr. Zahra’s logistics, engineering, sales and cross-functional business acumen will make him an instrumental member of our team. As we begin the New Year, DDC not only looks to provide a cost effective and highly efficient logistics solution to remote communities in Canada, but also to Canadian rural communities in the form of ‘milk runs’, as well as entering into licensing opportunities internationally. On behalf of DDC, I welcome Mr. Zahra to the DDC team.”

 

In 2019, the Company will continue to strengthen its management amongst all levels with a focus on enlisting the smartest minds to assist in driving commercial operations.

 

“Through my prior mandate at Staples Business Advantage, I had the opportunity to work along side Drone Delivery Canada and I immediately appreciated the technical innovation and commercial viability of what they were doing.  I’m excited to work with the DDC team as we continue down the path of commercialization,” said Michael Zahra.

 

Bio of Mr. Michael Zahra:

Michael Zahra is a seasoned executive with over 30 years experience as a senior level executive. He brings in-depth experience in engineering, logistics, P&L management, customer & vendor relationship management, strategic planning & execution, change management, innovation, business reinvention, project management, continuous improvement, industrial marketing, corporate social responsibility and employee engagement.

 

Prior to Drone Delivery Canada, he was the President of Staples Business Advantage and was previously President of Yahoo and President of Schlumberger RMS with prior positions at Alcatel and Motorola.  He also brings close to 20 years experience in various Board positions.  Under his leadership, companies have won numerous awards in sustainability, quality, marketing and culture.

 

Michael has a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, an M.B.A. from City University, Seattle and a P.Log from the Logistics Institute.

 

Additionally, he has taken numerous advanced programs at world-class institutions such as HarvardMIT, Carnegie Melon, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and the University of Virginia in Cybersecurity & Cryptography, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Lean Six Sigma, Leadership & Execution.

 

Michael was born in Toronto and has traveled on business and pleasure to 54 countries.  He is actively involved in charitable work in the areas of engineering education, healthcare and the environment.   He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (USA).

 

For more information, please visit www.dronedeliverycanada.com

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