AEye Names Tech Leader Matt Fisch as CEO
Former Intel, HARMAN International, and Verifone Exec to Lead Company as it Prepares to Deliver Commercial Products at Scale Across Markets
“AEye’s software-defined lidar is foundational to the next generation of mobility applications, and as we prepare to scale the company, the productization experience Matt brings to AEye will be key in taking the company to the next level.”
Dublin, CA – February 1, 2023 – AEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIDR), a global leader in adaptive, high-performance lidar solutions, today announced it has named Matt Fisch as the company’s new CEO and as a member of its board of directors effective February 13, 2023. Fisch is a deeply technical C-level leader with 30 years of experience delivering breakout products across industries, and scaling software organizations at multi-billion-dollar global companies including HARMAN International, Intel, and Verifone. He takes the reins at AEye as the company transitions into commercialization of its award-winning product line across multiple markets.
“Matt is the right leader at the right time for AEye,” said Carol DiBattiste, chair of the AEye board of directors. “His technical leadership and vast experience leading teams to successfully deliver groundbreaking software-driven products, including for the automotive market, will be instrumental as AEye continues its path toward commercialization. Matt brings the ideal mix of business acumen and software, systems, and product development expertise to AEye as the company doubles-down on its mission to save lives and propel the future of transportation and mobility.”
“AEye’s software-defined lidar is foundational to the next generation of mobility applications, and as we prepare to scale the company, the productization experience Matt brings to AEye will be key in taking the company to the next level,” said Luis Dussan, founder and CTO of AEye. “Matt’s deep automotive and semiconductor experience will help propel us to the next level as a premier automotive technology supplier as we continue to enhance, productize, and monetize our platform and product portfolio,” added AEye co-founder and general manager of Automotive, Jordan Greene. “His expertise perfectly complements and strengthens our management team, and we are delighted to welcome him on board as our CEO.”
Fisch has deep and broad technical expertise across the automotive market, having served as the VP of R&D at HARMAN International Industries, where he led the global R&D organization that was responsible for developing HARMAN’s car audio business for North America, Europe, China, Japan, and Korea. Most recently, he held SVP and CTO positions at Gentherm (NASDAQ: THRM), a $1.1B developer of thermal management technologies which has been named a Supplier of the Year by General Motors two years in row. There, he led the company’s transformation to align with the electrification of the automotive industry and the shifting value proposition to software and systems. The results of this effort include the highly regarded ClimateSense® technology recently introduced by General Motors in the Cadillac CELESTIQ.
Beyond automotive, Fisch has led global product development across industries ranging from payments to consumer electronics. He served as EVP of Global Engineering at Verifone, where he was responsible for all product development globally, leading a team of over 2,000 software engineers across 50 locations and responsible for a $200M Opex budget. He also spent 22 years at Intel, where as GM of Android and Windows software engineering, he led software product development and deep technical partnerships with Apple, Google, and Microsoft across mobile computing, cell phone, tablet, and consumer product lines. Fisch holds a Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from Cornell University.
“I am thrilled to join AEye as CEO,” said Fisch. “AEye is a company based on discipline, innovation, and integrity. With these values at its core, the company has built a uniquely powerful sensing platform, established a highly scalable business model, and created one of the most impressive teams in the space. With these essential components in place, I look forward to leading AEye as we continue to build the business.”
“Now that we have launched our intelligent 4Sight platform and have begun to scale the business, it is the perfect time to pass the baton to Matt. He is a highly respected technology executive and organizational leader who will spearhead the production ramp of AEye’s lidar systems for penetration across markets,” said Blair LaCorte, AEye’s outgoing CEO. “We have the right technology, product, team, and partners in place to claim more than our fair share of an enormous market opportunity, and Matt – with his deep experience developing and deploying market-leading products globally – is the right leader to take us to the next level.”
AEye launched a search for a successor to fill the role of departing CEO Blair LaCorte in December 2022. The search was led by board chair, Carol DiBattiste, and board member Timothy J. Dunn, the chair of the company’s audit and compensation committees, and assisted by members of management, including founder, CTO, and board member Luis Dussan and co-founder and GM of Automotive Jordan Greene. LaCorte will continue with AEye as a member of the AEye Advisory Board.
AEye’s unique software-defined lidar solution enables advanced driver-assistance, vehicle autonomy, smart infrastructure, logistics, and off-highway applications that save lives and propel the future of transportation and mobility. AEye’s 4Sight™ Intelligent Sensing Platform, with its adaptive sensor-based operating system, focuses on what matters most: delivering faster, more accurate, and reliable information. AEye’s 4Sight™ products, built on this platform, are ideal for dynamic applications which require precise measurement imaging to ensure safety and performance. AEye has a global presence through its offices in Germany, Japan, Korea, and the United States.
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These risks and uncertainties may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Delta and Omicron variants, as well as future variants and subvariants, which has caused significant economic uncertainty, which economic uncertainty may linger for many years. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that AEye has most recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, and other documents filed by us or that will be filed by us from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made.
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