Key innovator from Oakley and Intel to lead Axon's Hardware R&D team
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Axon (AAXN), the global leader in connected public safety technologies, today announced the appointment of Hans Moritz as Axon's new Vice President of Hardware Research and Development.
"Axon's vision for the future of technology in public safety is what drew me to join the team," Moritz says. "Having led design teams around the world to push the limits and provide best-in-class products inspires me to work for a company that isn't afraid to innovate and disrupt."
Moritz is a distinguished leader in hardware design for lifestyle and sports as well as industrial design and mechanical engineering for consumer electronics. He most recently worked as the Vice President of the New Devices Group and General Manager of Industrial Design at Intel Corp. There, Moritz developed products and technologies to enhance Intel's product portfolio with wearable electronics. Prior to joining Intel in 2013, he served as a senior director of design and brand at Oakley Inc., where he led design for the watch, goggle, military and men's sunglasses divisions. Moritz's designs include Oakley's X Metal Line, the SwitchLock series, the Airbrake Series, and Oakley's heads-up display goggle and Airwave.
Moritz holds more than 100 patents in design and engineering. He received a BA in industrial design, transportation and product from the Art Center College of Design.
"We are building the most talented team in the industry, and I am personally thrilled to bring Hans on board," says Axon CEO and founder Rick Smith. "Having rocked several industries with innovations in wearable technologies, his unique capabilities will amp up Axon's design team, with the end goal of delighting our customers through amazing technology combined with world-class design."
Axon's eXponential Stock Performance Plan (XSPP), which would allow employees to align their pay directly with value creation for shareholders, realizing outsize returns if the company achieves ambitious revenue, adjusted EBITDA and market capitalization targets, played an important role in recruiting Moritz to Axon. The plan remains subject to shareholder approval.
Axon is a network of devices, apps and people that helps public safety personnel become smarter and safer. With a mission of protecting life, our technologies give customers the confidence, focus and time they need to keep their communities safe. Our products impact every aspect of a public safety officer's day-to-day experience.
We work hard for those who put themselves in harm's way for all of us. To date, there are more than 325,200 software seats booked on the Axon network around the world and more than 211,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at https://www.axon.com or by calling (800) 978-2737.
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