Dedrone has announced the appointment of Balaji Tamirisa as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Daniel Anixt as General Counsel. The company is leveraging its recent funding round to expand Tamirisa’s team, hiring several key positions including both software and hardware RF engineers.
Daniel Anixt will manage all legal matters for Dedrone, including government and corporate affairs. Dedrone is undergoing a period of rapid growth as airspace security becomes critical amid the growing drone economy, predicted to reach 9.6 million in global consumer shipments alone by 2023. The company offers best-in-class detection, identification, tracking and mitigation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) from over 65 commercial manufacturers and handcrafted drones.
“Dedrone has experienced phenomenal growth and expansion over the last year, including doubling our team here in the US in the next few months. As we scale our solution offerings, the depth of engineering experience that Balaji brings to the team is unparalleled—everything from full-stack software for millions of mobile phones around the world, to baseband radio frequency solutions that continue to make up the backbone of global cellular connectivity and millions of sensor meters pushing a myriad of datasets to the cloud,” said Aaditya (AD) Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone.
“Balaji’s deep knowledge in each of these areas applied to the problem of drone detection and mitigation in urban and contested environments promises to take our product capability to the next level of sophistication and maintain the market leadership that our customers deserve, as this space matures. We are absolutely delighted to have him on our team,” Devarakonda continued.
Tamirisa has spent over two decades in engineering, programme management and telecommunications. He most recently served as the VP, R&D at Itron, where he helped to grow the business significantly by launching new products and software for industrial IoT devices. He also spearheaded an overhaul in design, development and testing cycles to ensure customer commitments were met. Previously, he held positions at Synaptics as its Director of Software Engineering; Freescale Semiconductor as the Director, Wireless Access Division; and Coherent Logix as its Principal Architect.
“Drone detection is a complex problem with an even more complex solution, given the sheer variety of drones out there and the ever-escalating security needs of governments, major companies, airports and more. I am excited and honored to be joining in this rapidly growing space. With drone usage only increasing, I am excited to oversee future improvements and expansion of Dedrone’s technology and work closely with the industry and the rest of the Dedrone team,” said Tamirisa.
Anixt has spent nearly 20 years providing legal counsel and issue management across the telecommunications and logistics industries. Most recently, he served as the Associate General Counsel and then Deputy General Counsel for China Telecom Americas (CTA), overseeing a team that handled CTA’s transactions, regulatory matters and commercial disputes throughout the US, Canada and Central and South America. He has also held positions that include Assistant General Counsel at Verizon; US Legal Counsel, Vice President Mitel US Holdings and Corporate Secretary at Mitel; and General Counsel for Right Sourcing Solutions Ltd.