AeroVironment adds GEN (Ret.) Joe Votel to its Board as Independent Director

– USA, VA –  AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced the appointment of Gen. (Ret.) Joe Votel to its Board as an Independent Director, effective from November 29, bringing the Board to eight members, of whom seven are independent.

“As a highly accomplished and respected military commander with responsibilities leading special operations and coalition forces in the Middle East and Asia, General Votel adds vital perspectives to our Board at this critical inflection point in our company’s history. Given his four decades of military service, most recently leading U.S. Central Command, his guidance and strategic counsel will be vital to meeting the needs of our nation and allies around the globe,” said Chairman, president, and CEO, Wahid Nawabi.

About General (Ret.) Joseph Votel

General Votel retired from the U.S. Army in 2019, following a highly distinguished 39-year military career which culminated in his appointment as a four-star General and Commander of the U.S. Central Command where he led a 79-member coalition that liberated Iraq and Syria from the Islamic State. Before his assignment at CENTCOM, he served as Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Joint Special Operations Command. Following his retirement from military service, General Votel served as President & CEO of Business Executives for National Security, remains a member of the Defense Business Board and Council on Foreign Relations, and has advised multiple companies and venture funds.

“I am excited to join AeroVironment’s Board at this critical time, especially given the importance and relevance of AV’s unique offerings to the current needs of our military and allies,” added General Votel. “I look forward to doing my part to keep this great company at the cutting edge of military capabilities in the years ahead.”

General Votel graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1980 and earned master’s degrees from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College and the Army War College. He was recognized with numerous awards including the Distinguished Military Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council, the U.S.-Arab Defense Leadership Award from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, and the Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

About AeroVironment

AeroVironment provides technology solutions at the intersection of robotics, sensors, software analytics, and connectivity that deliver more actionable intelligence so you can proceed with certainty. Headquartered in Virginia, AeroVironment is a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems and serves defense, government, and commercial customers.


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