The corporate that owns a few of the most influential drone manufacturers on the market simply made a key appointment to its board of administrators, which could be a giant boon in furthering propelling it into the drone affect sphere — particularly on the subject of its place in constructing navy drones. Pink Cat, which is predicated in San Juan, Puerto Rico, introduced this month that it had appointed Mary Beth Lengthy to its board of administrators.
Mary Beth Lengthy has an in depth resume and an extended record of accomplishments to her identify, together with being the primary girl confirmed by the U.S. Senate to have served as assistant secretary of protection for worldwide safety affairs. For that position, she labored within the Workplace of the Secretary of Protection between 2007 and 2009, a place that made her the primary feminine civilian in Pentagon historical past to have the equal of a four-star navy rating. Extra particularly, she labored as head of the Worldwide Safety Affairs (ISA) workplace within the Workplace of the Secretary of Protection, the place she was concerned in managing U.S. authorities coverage for the Center East, Europe and Africa. She was additionally the primary feminine chair of NATO’s Excessive Degree Group, answerable for its nuclear coverage and reporting on to NATO’s secretary normal.
Earlier in her profession, she was a CIA Operations Officer for greater than a decade, having served within the roll between 1986 and 1999.
Her experience is primarily in nationwide safety coverage and protection technique, although she has labored in each the private and non-private sector. And whereas she has expertise navigating work within the authorities, she’s additionally an entrepreneur.
She runs her personal regulation agency, MB Lengthy & Associates, which makes a speciality of export compliance and protection. She can also be co-founder and principal of International Alliance Advisors and proprietor of Askari Protection and Intelligence. Her different resume strains for previous roles embody professor of observe at Penn State Faculty of Worldwide Affairs.
Given Lengthy’s intensive authorities expertise, her appointment signifies that Pink Cat is searching for to make additional strikes into the navy facet of drones. Pink Cat, whereas in itself is maybe not a family identify within the drone trade, has a few half-dozen subsidiaries that span features of the drone trade, together with Fats Shark, which is greatest identified for its position making FPV goggles for drone racing. It additionally owns drone life-style and racing model Rotor Riot.
On the business purposes facet, it owns Dronebox, which is an analytics platform for cloud-based flight intelligence, and distant inspection firm Skypersonic. Skypersonic’s expertise allows drones to finish inspection providers in places the place GPS is just not obtainable, but nonetheless file and transmit knowledge even whereas being operated from hundreds of miles away.
And final summer season, Pink Cat acquired Teal Drones, which is most well-known for its Teal Golden Eagle drone platform, which is designed for aerial surveillance. Golden Eagle is considered one of only some drones authorized by the Division of Protection for reconnaissance, public security and inspection purposes.
Pink Cat Holdings CEO Jeff Thompson stated that Lengthy’s deep information in worldwide safety and protection technique, particularly regarding the Center East, Europe and Africa was a vital motive for her appointment.
“We all know her insights might be invaluable and we are able to’t wait to work together with her,” he stated in a ready assertion.
So far as Lengthy, it looks like she has her sights set past this planet, too.
“Pink Cat and its subsidiaries proceed to innovate throughout the unmanned techniques trade, creating cutting-edge new applied sciences that broaden our capabilities for Mars exploration, reconnaissance and nationwide protection,” Mary Beth Lengthy stated in a ready assertion.
Pink Cat Holdings is publicly traded on the NASDAQ, although Pink Cat inventory is down roughly 46% over the previous 12 months.