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AeroVironment Inc (AVAV.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Timothy Conver

71 2016 Chairman of the Board

Wahid Nawabi

46 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Raymond Cook

55 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Kirk Flittie

2015 Vice President, General Manager - Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Kenneth Karklin

2015 Vice President, General Manager - Efficient Energy Systems

Douglas Scott

58 2013 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Charles Burbage

67 2015 Lead Independent Director

Charles Holland

69 2004 Director

Stephen Page

75 2015 Director

Arnold Fishman

70 1998 Independent Director

Catharine Merigold

59 2015 Independent Director

Edward Muller

63 Independent Director

Steven Gitlin

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Timothy Conver

Mr. Timothy E. Conver is Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company., effective 1 May 2016. He was President of AeroVironment, Inc. He served as Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of AeroVironment, Inc. Mr. Conver has served as our President since November 1990 and as our Chief Executive Officer since 1992. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Mr. Conver served as President of Whittaker Electronic Resources, a supplier of engineered products for military electronics and industrial instrumentation, for ten years. Mr. Conver is a graduate of the University of Montana and received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Wahid Nawabi

Mr. Wahid Nawabi has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company., effective 2 May 2016. He has served as the Company’s President since January 2016 and as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since April 2015. He previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Efficient Energy Systems (EES) from 2011 to April 2015. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Mr. Nawabi served as Vice President, Global Sales of Altergy, a designer and manufacturer of fuel cell power systems, from March 2010 through November 2011, and as Vice President, Americas, and Vice President, Global Sales for C&D Technologies, a producer and marketer of electrical power storage and conversion products from February 2008 through March 2010. Prior to joining C&D Technologies, Mr. Nawabi worked for 16 years with American Power Conversion, a provider of power protection products and services, in a succession of positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice President, Enterprise Segment North America and Canada. Mr. Nawabi has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Raymond Cook

Mr. Raymond D. Cook is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AeroVironment, Inc. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cook served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Silicon Image, Inc. from July 2014 to March 2015. Prior to joining Silicon Image, Inc., Mr. Cook served as Chief Financial Officer of STEC, Inc., a computer data storage company, from November 2008 to September 2013. Mr. Cook previously served in various capacities, including as Interim Chief Financial Officer as well as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller, with Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor company, from July 2003 through November 2008. Mr. Cook holds a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola Marymount University.

Kirk Flittie

Mr. Kirk Flittie is Vice President, General Manager - Unmanned Aircraft Systems of the Company. Mr. Flittie served in various UAS leadership positions at AeroVironment since joining the company in 1996. Mr. Flittie led the company’s High Altitude Long Endurance UAS efforts, including the development, test and demonstration of the Helios solar-powered unmanned aircraft and the $130 million customer-funded development, test and demonstration of the Global Observer hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft. Mr. Flittie has served as vice president of AeroVironment’s large UAS business since 2008. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Mr. Flittie managed aerospace programs for Northrop Grumman and American Rocket Company. Mr. Flittie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed the AeA/Stanford Executive Institute’s program for high technology executives.

Kenneth Karklin

Mr. Kenneth Karklin is Vice President, General Manager - Efficient Energy Systems of the Company. Ken Karklin served in a range of functional and customer facing roles since joining AeroVironment in 2007. For the past year Karklin has served as the company’s director of corporate quality systems. Karklin previously held leadership roles at the company in Engineering, Operations, Program Management and in the EES services group. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Karklin held engineering and engineering management roles at a venture-funded start-up and at established technology leaders Intel Corporation, Hewlett Packard Company and HP spin-off Agilent Technologies. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Douglas Scott

Mr. Douglas E. Scott has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since July 2013. Prior to joining the AeroVironment, Inc. Mr. Scott held various executive positions at SAIC, Inc., a defense contractor, for 26 years, including General Counsel from 1992 through June 2010 and Corporate Secretary from 2004 until July 2013. Mr. Scott was a corporate attorney at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, a large global law firm, before joining SAIC. Mr. Scott received a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. He also is a certified public accountant (inactive).

Charles Burbage

Mr. Charles Thomas Burbage is a Lead Independent Director of the AeroVironment, Inc. Mr. Burbage has served as a member of our board of directors since 2013. Mr. Burbage retired from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in April 2013, after a 33-year career during which he served most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Joint Strike Fighter Program from 2000 to 2013. Mr. Burbage also served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Naval aviator and recorded more than 3,000 flight hours in 38 types of military aircraft before retiring as a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1994. Mr. Burbage received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an M.S. in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Charles Holland

Gen. (Retd.) Charles Robert Holland is Director of AeroVironment, Inc., since May 2004. Mr. Holland retired as Commander, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, or USSOCOM, in November 2003 and currently serves as an independent consultant for various entities. Mr. Holland has been a consultant to AeroVironment since February 2004. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Holland was responsible for all special operations forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force, both active duty and reserve. Mr. Holland entered the United States Air Force in 1968. He has commanded a squadron, two Air Force wings, served as Deputy Commanding General of the Joint Special Operations Command, and was Commander of the Special Operations Command, Pacific. Prior to commanding USSOCOM, he commanded the Air Force Special Operations and was the Vice Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Mr. Holland serves on the board of directors of SELEX Galileo, Inc., Augusta Westland N.A. Inc., Tenax Aerospace, Protonex Technology Corporation, and the charitable organization Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and as an advisor to Cubic Defense Applications Incorporated, General Atomics Technologies Corporation, and Camber Corporation. Mr. Holland has a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.S. in business management from Troy State University (W. Germany) and an M.S. in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Mr. Holland brings to the board of directors his perspective and expertise as both a warfighter and senior military commander. He also provides critical insight into the needs and demands of our Unmanned Aircraft System, or UAS, customers as well as the procurement process of our principal customer, the U.S. Department of Defense.

Stephen Page

Mr. Stephen F. Page is an Independent Director of AeroVironment, Inc. Mr. Page previously served as Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Page most recently served on the boards of directors and audit committees of Lowe's Companies, Inc., a home improvement retailer, from 2003 to 2012, PACCAR, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of medium and heavy duty trucks in the world, from 2004 to 2012, and Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc., one of the largest property and casualty insurance companies in the U.S., where he was lead director. He chaired the audit committees at PACCAR and Lowe's. As lead director at Liberty Mutual, Mr. Page chaired regularly scheduled executive sessions designed to ensure open consideration of all issues and acted as liaison between directors and the chairman. Mr. Page currently serves as a trustee of Mount St. Mary's College and the Catholic Education Foundation. He also has served on the board of trustees at Loyola Marymount University. Before retiring in 2004, Mr. Page served in many leadership roles at United Technologies Corporation, a company that provides high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries, including director, vice chairman and chief financial officer, and president and chief executive officer of Otis Elevator, an $8 billion division of United Technologies. Prior to his leadership roles at United Technology, Mr. Page spent 20 years with Black & Decker Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of power tools and accessories, first as general counsel for its McMullough Corporation subsidiary, then as treasurer, and finally as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the company's corporate headquarters in Towson, Maryland. Mr. Page holds a B.S. in business administration from Loyola Marymount University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Arnold Fishman

Mr. Arnold L. Fishman is an Independent Director of AeroVironment, Inc., since 1998. He is the Founder of Lieberman Research Worldwide, a leading market research firm in the western United States and Interviewing Service of America, a supplier of market survey services. Mr. Fishman has served as the Chairman of Lieberman Research Worldwide and Interviewing Service of America since 1979 and 1983, respectively. Mr. Fishman received his B.S. in psychology from Brooklyn College. Mr. Fishman brings to the board unique insight into purchasing behaviors and communications and their relationship to successful business decision-making. He also provides the experience of a serial entrepreneur who formed multiple businesses and led them through significant growth and has experience scaling operations to support that growth.

Catharine Merigold

Ms. Catharine Merigold is an Independent Director of AeroVironment, Inc. Ms. Merigold has been investing in and advising high-growth technology businesses for over 20 years as a venture capitalist. She was a Vice President at Centennial Ventures from 1992 to 1994, and then founded and has been the managing partner of Vista Ventures, a venture firm specializing in investing in software, digital media and network sectors, since January 2000. Prior to founding Vista Ventures, Ms. Merigold served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of University Technology Corporation, a company that managed all technology transfer and associated equity holdings for the University of Colorado system, from 1999 to 2000, and as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for US West Wireless. She began her career at Hewlett-Packard Company, serving in a variety of technical, marketing and sales management roles, including several years spent in Europe. Ms. Merigold has served on a number of corporate boards and currently serves as a board observer for Market Force Information, Inc., a provider of customer intelligence solutions to large consumer companies, and a board member of P2Binvestor, Inc., a crowdlending platform providing asset based lines of credit to businesses, the Colorado Technology Association, and University License Equity Holdings Inc. (ULEHI), which manages all the equity holdings associated with technology transfer of the University of Colorado. Ms. Merigold holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Stanford University.

Edward Muller

Mr. Edward R. Muller is an Independent Director of the AeroVironment, Inc. Mr. Muller has served as a member of our board of directors since 2013. Mr. Muller has served as Vice Chairman of NRG Energy, Inc., or NRG, a U.S. based energy production and distribution company since December 2012. Prior to the merger in 2012 of NRG and GenOn Energy Inc., Mr. Muller served as the chairman and chief executive of GenOn, which also produced and sold electricity in the United States. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Muller was chairman and chief executive of Mirant Corporation, which produced and sold electricity in the United States and internationally. Mr. Muller received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Steven Gitlin