Endeavor Robotics announces key additions to Board of Directors and Worldwide Sales Team


Mike Heffron, former President of BAE Systems plc, Electronics Intelligence & Support Operating Group (EI&S), and former President of Delorme Publishing Inc. joins Endeavor Robotics’ Board of Directors and former Director of Business Development at QinetiQ North America, Charlie Dean, joins as VP of Global Sales.             


Chelmsford, Mass., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Endeavor Robotics (FKA iRobot Defense & Security), the U.S.-based, leading ground robotics company announced today that Michael A. Heffron, former President of BAE Systems plc, Electronics Intelligence & Support Operating Group (EI&S) and, former President of DeLorme Publishing Inc., has joined Endeavor Robotics’ Board of Directors.

“We are excited to have Mike join Endeavor’s board. Mike brings an extensive background in growing defense technology companies and providing life-saving technology to the warfighter,” said Sean Bielat, CEO, Endeavor Robotics. “We believe that Mike’s expertise and business acumen complement our team and will aide our efforts to win and execute multiple major Programs of Record and grow our autonomous vehicle systems and commercial markets.”

 Michael A. Heffron brings nearly 40 years of defense business experience including having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DeLorme Publishing Company, Inc. from January 2011 until its sale to Garmin in March 2016.  Mr. Heffron was also a member of the DeLorme Board of Directors. Mr. Heffron had a distinguished career at BAE Systems plc. with multiple leadership positions as the President of Electronics Intelligence & Support Operating Group (EI&S), Member of the BAE’s Executive Committee (2007-2011), President of Platform Solutions Unit responsible for the design, development and production of systems for the commercial & military aviation markets (2006-2007), and as Head of BAE’s newly formed Information Warfare business 2001-2006).

 Endeavor Robotics also proudly announces that LTC Charlie Dean, USA, RET has joined as VP of Sales Worldwide. Prior to joining Endeavor Robotics, Charlie held positions at QinetiQ North America as Director of Business Development, Co-Director of Engineering, and Senior Program Manager for Unmanned Systems, and as a career US Army officer. Charlie served 22 years in the US Army where he served as an Infantry officer and held a variety of leadership positions including Director of Operations and Customer Interface at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center. Charlie also held positions at Draper Labs as Senior Business Development Manager and at TIAX as EVP and VP of Commercialization and Deployment. Charlie holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively.

“Not only have our robots been used to investigate and destroy many tens of thousands of IEDs, the robots’ light weight, multi-functional, interoperable capabilities ensure that they can meet the demanding requirements of many varied user communities including dismounted warfighters, counter-IED organizations, HazMat and CBRNe teams, incident response teams in power plants or factories around the globe.  We at Endeavor Robotics continue a long legacy of supporting our customers 24/7 with world-class robots while leading the advanced development of next-generation systems,” said Charlie Dean, VP of Global Sales.

 “Endeavor Robotics leads the development and fielding of the most capable, robust, unmanned ground robots in the world. The additions of Mike and Charlie to our team positions us well to serve and maintain our 6,000 installed robots and to continue the rapid development of next generation systems needed for today’s evolving threats,” said Sean Bielat, CEO, Endeavor Robotics.


About Endeavor Robotics

Endeavor’s robots serve on the front lines around the world.  Endeavor Robotics brings an established leadership team with decades of experience integrating ground robotic systems, and the best roboticists who collaborate with end-users to develop robots for worldwide markets which operate in areas of conflict and in response to natural disasters. Everyday our robots protect our service men and women from IEDs, hazardous materials and other deadly threats. Endeavor Robotics specializes in delivering and supporting battle-hardened and adaptable robotics. We are committed to design, develop and manufacture tactical robotics in the United States, and to work with industry leaders and government partners to deliver innovative, reliable, and the easiest to operate robot solutions. Our family of robots includes the 5 lb FirstLook, the less than 20 lb SUGV, the man-portable PackBot, and the heavy-duty Kobra. To date, we have delivered more than 6,000 robots to more than 40 countries worldwide. Please visit www.endeavorrobotics.com to learn more.


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