Ondas Hires Roberts to Focus on UAS Communications Platform
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | Comments

Ondas Holdings hired Susan Roberts as a senior advisor to focus on strategy and business development for Ondas as the company commercializes its FullMAX communications platform for the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and aviation verticals.

Roberts is a prominent member of the UAS community and brings a wealth of experience through holding various leadership positions with Panasonic, GE Aviation, BAE Systems, Orbital Sciences (now ATK) and Honeywell in executive, program product and engineering roles. She has managed a range of UAS and aviation hardware and software solutions through regulatory approval and deployment.

“We are thrilled to have Susan join the Ondas team as we enable the growth of emerging UAS markets with our unique software-based wireless connectivity platform,” said Eric Brock, CEO of Ondas. “Susan’s deep experience growing new business in UAS markets, her extensive connection to the UAS and aviation communities, and her entrepreneurial leadership skills developed over an impressive career in highly regulated aviation markets will be a tremendous asset to Ondas. We expect her to make significant contributions as we continue to partner with Aura Networks Systems to commercialize their nationwide aviation network and to identify new opportunities for Ondas to expand in UAS markets.”

Roberts is currently the CEO of the 1182 Group, a management consulting business she founded that specializes in innovation and business strategy development. She was previously the head of commercial innovation for Panasonic Avionics, leading the development of that company’s managed services business model.

Prior to Panasonic, Roberts co-founded AiRXOS, a GE venture focused on traffic management solutions for unmanned aircraft. At AiRXOS, she led the company through funding and initial commercial sales, including working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) certification partnership based on performance-based standards and risk assessments.

At GE Aviation, Roberts led aviation navigation and guidance commercial and research and development (R&D) programs. She currently serves as the strategy chair and on the finance committee for the Association of Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) board of directors and is the former president of the board of directors for the Commercial Drone Alliance.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Ondas team,” said Roberts. “Ondas Networks has established its standards-based FullMAX platform as a leading connectivity solution for mission-critical internet of things (MC-IoT) applications including for the navigation of commercial drones. I look forward to working with the entire Ondas team, and our existing and future partners, to apply our platform across UAS and aviation markets. The commercial drone market is poised for significant growth and Ondas’ wireless platform will be a critical enabler of market expansion.”

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