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 Financial Officer
Jikun Kim has served as our Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer since June 2010. Prior to that he was Vice President and Controller since joining the company in June 2009. Before working at AeroVironment, Mr. Kim served for four years as Chief Financial Officer of Raytheon Vision Systems, a business within Raytheon Company. Mr. Kim received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
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.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Tom Herring joined AeroVironment in November 2008, serving initially as our as Vice President of Strategy, Unmanned Aircraft Systems from November 2008 to December 2009, then as our Vice President of Business Development, Unmanned Aircraft Systems from December 2009 to February 2010, and as our Senior Vice President and General Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems from February 2010. In May 2012 Tom became AeroVironment's Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining AeroVironment, Mr. Herring held various leadership positions during his 27-year tenure with BAE Systems. Most recently, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Integrated Solutions, a $150M BAE Systems business unit providing solutions for commercial and general aviation aircraft, attack rotorcraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, precision munitions, international military aircraft and ground systems. He also served as vice president of National Upgrade Programs, vice president of Display Systems and director of programs for the Display Systems product line. A native of Long Island, Mr. Herring holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hofstra University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He is an active member of a number of professional organizations including, the Navy League, the American Management Association and the British American Business Council.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Roy Minson joined AeroVironment as Vice President of Business Development and Deputy General Manager Unmanned Aircraft Systems in April 2010. In May 2012 Roy became AeroVironment's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Prior to joining AeroVironment, Minson was Vice President and Operations Manager for a research and development business within the Tactical Systems and Solutions division of SAIC, where he was responsible for transitioning products and solutions. Earlier, as a senior executive at Boeing, he led various business segments supporting DoD, DARPA, and various government agencies, and was a key contributor to the development and capture of several large programs, including Joint Tactical Radio Systems, Future Combat Systems, Combat Survival Evader Locater, and classified programs. Minson earned a master's degree in business administration from Redlands University and a bachelor's degree in science in industrial technology from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Efficient Energy Systems
Wahid Nawabi joined AeroVironment in 2011 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Efficient Energy Systems (EES) business segment. Wahid joins 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 became the world leader in power protection. Wahid started and led the Enterprise/Data Center business at APC, growing revenue to $600 million between 2000 and 2008. He 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.