Fortune 100 Leader Joins Near Earth Autonomy To Expand Drone Capabilities Globally

Alex Foessel, former Director of Technology and Innovation for John Deere, has joined Near Earth Autonomy as Senior Director of Market Strategy. With extensive experience developing and commercializing automation and robotics solutions, Foessel will lead business and product strategy as
Near Earth expands its technology across new industries and applications.

At John Deere, he spent 18 years launching partnerships with multinational companies and forging new business opportunities in the USA, Germany, and Brazil. Over his career, Foessel has contributed to 6 US patents, co-authored 2 books on autonomy, and has been cited widely in autonomous systems literature.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Ph.D. in Robotics, Foessel has maintained a long-term relationship with Near Earth’s founders, commenting, “I have known Near Earth’s founders for decades, and I am thrilled to join them in setting the standard for aerial autonomy. I am excited to apply my experience in product development, technology commercialization, and as a licensed pilot, to the next generation of air vehicles that will revolutionize mobility and inspection worldwide.”

“Alex is a perfect fit for our leadership team,” said Sanjiv Singh, CEO at Near Earth. “He has both a deep understanding of autonomous systems and first-hand experience transitioning technology from research into products.”

About Near Earth Autonomy
Near Earth’s technology allows aircraft to autonomously take-off, fly, and land safely, with or without GPS. Their solutions enable aerial mobility and inspection applications for partners in the commercial and defense sectors. Near Earth bridges the gap between aerospace and robotics with complete systems that improve efficiency, performance, and safety for aircraft ranging from small drones to full-size helicopters. Their work won the 2018 Howard Hughes Award, which recognizes outstanding improvements in fundamental helicopter technology, and was a 2017 finalist for the
Collier Trophy, one of the top aviation awards in the world.

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