AeroVironment Hires Joel Hirsch As Vice President Of Strategic Operations

August 23, 2010

MONROVIA, Calif., Aug. 23, 2010 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced that former Teledyne and TEAC Aerospace executive Joel Hirsch has joined AeroVironment as vice president of strategic operations. Reporting to AV chairman and chief executive officer Tim Conver, Hirsch's primary role will be to consolidate and streamline procurement across the enterprise and identify and implement strategic opportunities to improve company-wide operating efficiency.

Prior to joining AV, Hirsch was president of TEAC Aerospace Technologies, a manufacturer of military and commercial video and data recorders and in-flight entertainment equipment for commercial airlines. Under his leadership, TEAC Aerospace grew into a company with more than $50 million in revenue and was sold to Goodrich Corp. in April 2008. Previously, Hirsch held several operations and senior management positions with Teledyne Technologies, Inc., ultimately running a group of businesses generating $200 million in sales.

"Joel has demonstrated success in solving complex operational and strategic challenges at both aerospace and commercial companies," Conver said. "I am confident that he will help AV achieve the performance goals we have established as we grow our current businesses and move closer to the adoption of our new product solutions."

Hirsch has a master's degree in government/administration from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College. He also completed the UCLA John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management executive management program.

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