PrecisionHawk Appoints Blackboard Co-Founder and Former CEO Michael Chasen as New CEO
Former CEO and RedHat Co-founder Bob Young to Continue role as Chairman
RALEIGH (January 25, 2017) – PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, today announced that Michael Chasen has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer (CEO). As a serial entrepreneur and veteran technology leader, Chasen brings more than 20 years of software experience to accelerate PrecisionHawk’s rapid growth in the commercial drone market.
Michael Chasen was previously the CEO and co-founder of Blackboard, the global leader in education technology platforms. Michael took Blackboard public in 2004 and eventually sold the company in 2011 to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion. Michael then was the CEO and founder of SocialRadar, a geo-location company that utilized satellite and street level imagery to determine the exact location of businesses. SocialRadar was acquired by Verizon in 2016.
“Michael is a talented and experienced CEO with remarkable success in architecting and scaling a technology platform,” said Bob Young, PrecisionHawk Chairman and former CEO. “Under his leadership, PrecisionHawk is well positioned to expand its technology offerings and optimize the integration of its platform into the existing business processes of its clients.”
PrecisionHawk provides an enterprise platform that uses advanced drone technology to collect and analyze data to improve business intelligence. The platform includes automated flight planning, tracking, data collection, and analytics. PrecisionHawk’s technology is used across multiple industries including agriculture, construction, energy, insurance and by the government.
PrecisionHawk also serves as a key leader in shaping regulations and policies that promote the safe and rapid adoption of drones both through its work under the FAA Pathfinder program and development of its LATAS drone safety platform.
“Adoption of drone technology among major industries is growing at an incredible rate. By engineering an ecosystem that allows companies to gain valuable information, PrecisionHawk is at the forefront of one of the most important areas of technology innovation,” said Chasen. “The PrecisionHawk team has all of the building blocks that are required to become the world leader in commercial drone technology, and I am looking forward to the growth and immense opportunity ahead.”