Former Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja joins Zipline


Some of the well-known drone supply corporations 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 referred to as Google.

Deepak Ahuja. Photograph courtesy of Zipline.

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 function as Zipline CFO is ready for Sept. 30, and his duties will embrace overseeing world monetary operations, which embrace finance, accounting and investor relations.

Ahuja not the one huge rent lately over at Zipline. The corporate additionally lately added its first ever Chief Advertising Officer, Ashley Chandler, who joins from previous roles at Colour Well being, Stripe and Google.

Zipline is basically thought-about to be the most important drone service supplier on this planet given its presence in lots of nations, (primarily creating nations in Africa together with Rwanda and Ghana). So far 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 gadgets. The truth is, 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) by way of drone in Ghana, with plans to increase elsewhere in Africa.

Zipline in September 2022 introduced a partnership with e-commerce firm Jumia. Photograph courtesy of Zipline.

And Zipline continues to develop at a comparatively fast clip. Whereas Zipline began 2021 with operations in simply three nations, as we speak Zipline operates in seven nations throughout three continents. It even conducts drone deliveries in the USA. 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 targeted on constructing options that may ship huge scale at excessive ranges of automation and integration, and at low operational price,” Ahuja stated. “Zipline is due to this fact in a singular place to be a significant power in fixing this drawback at scale.”

Photograph courtesy of Zipline.

Different current 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 singular, new Detection and Avoidance (DAA) system that makes use of a acoustic-based expertise (somewhat than visible sensor-based tech). And earlier this summer season, NASA introduced a partnership beneath a House Act Settlement the place Zipline will assist develop instruments and methods beneath NASA’s (m:N) mission.

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