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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

iRobot Reorganized for Innovation and Growth

iRobot Corp. has announced a strategic realignment of the company into three newly formed business units focused on home robots, military robots and emerging technologies. Led by Jeffrey Beck as chief operating officer (COO), the three business units will advance iRobot's long-term growth strategy as a technology leader in remote presence and automated home maintenance solutions.
Joe Dyer, who most recently held the position of COO, has been named chief strategy officer (CSO). As CSO, Dyer will lead strategic business development, mergers and acquisitions, research and advanced technology development. Dyer and Jeff Beck will report directly to CEO Colin Angle.

The Home Robots Business Unit will be led by Marc Dinee, who has been with iRobot for two years, most recently as vice president of sales and marketing for EMEA and APAC, regions where the company has experienced significant growth.
The Military Robots Business Unit will be led by Tim Trainer as interim general manager. Trainer has been with iRobot for three years, serving most recently as vice president of operations for the Government and Industrial Robots division, where he was responsible for all manufacturing, contracting and program management.

The new Emerging Technologies Business Unit will be led by existing leadership until a unit leader is appointed.
With the new organisation iRobot is focusing on new growth opportunities by promoting the iRobot Ava  mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions. New market opportunities for iRobot Ava in industries including healthcare, retail and security present unique opportunities. To this point, the company recently announced a $6 million investment and expanded partnership with InTouch Health, a leading remote presence telemedicine solution provider. Existing leadership will be responsible for these industry pursuits until a unit leader is appointed.

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