Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Timothy E. Conver has served as our President since 1991, as our Chief Executive Officer since 1993, and as a member of our board of directors since 1988. 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 has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Wahid Nawabi joined AeroVironment in 2011 as senior vice president and general manager of the EES business segment. Nawabi joined AeroVironment after a 20-year career as an executive with advanced technology companies in industries spanning clean technology, industrial/electrical equipment manufacturing, telecom, and energy. During his 16 years at American Power Conversion (APC), the company's revenue increased from $50 million to more than $2.4 billion and it became the world leader in power protection. Nawabi started and led the Enterprise/Data Center business at APC, growing revenue to $600 million between 2000 and 2008. Nawabi also led C&D Technologies' Americas business. Wahid earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Maryland at College Park in Electrical Engineering, concentrating in Power.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Teresa Covington has provided financial leadership for AeroVironment’s EES business segment and has served as a senior member of the company’s finance team since 2011. Covington’s responsibilities included financial analysis, planning, accounting, credit and collections as well as launching and leading a new product line management organization. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Covington served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Line 6, a $100 million annual revenue musical instruments company now part of Yamaha. Covington earned her master’s in business administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Senior Vice President of Administration
Cathleen S. Cline has served as our Senior Vice President of Administration since 1992. Prior to joining us, Ms. Cline was the Human Resources Manager at both Whittaker Electronic Resources and the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Ms. Cline has a B.S. in psychology and a B.S. in business management from the University of Oregon.
Vice President and General Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Kirk Flittie served in various UAS leadership positions at AeroVironment since joining the company in 1996. 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. Flittie has served as vice president of AeroVironment’s large UAS business since 2008. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Flittie managed aerospace programs for Northrop Grumman and American Rocket Company. 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.
Vice President and General Manager, Efficient Energy Systems
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 Agilent Technologies. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Doug Scott joined AeroVironment in 2013 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Doug comes to AeroVironment with nearly 20 years of experience leading the legal department of SAIC, Inc., a diversified Fortune 500 company that provides high-technology services and solutions in the national security, engineering, health, energy and environmental markets. Most recently, he served as SAIC’s corporate secretary, supporting SAIC’s board of directors and the corporation’s governance. Prior to earning his juris doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984, Doug received a master of business administration degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1981 and is a certified public accountant. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1979.