Steve Bogie has joined Drone Delivery Canada as vice-president – flight operations and technology. Bogie was most recently with Air Canada and Air Canada Jazz, with experience in systems operations control, customer service, business strategy & innovation and operations information systems. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Economics from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Paul Di Benedetto will transition into a non-executive role as engineering strategist, focusing on R&D Engineering.
Seegrid Corporation has hired three new senior leaders: Katy Elkin is senior director of corporate development, Doug Beaudet, will serve as head of design, and Greg Cole is director of advanced development. Elkin has more than a decade of experience, most recently as vice-president of business development at Desmos. Elkin holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously, Beaudet was vice-president, global experience design at Honeywell. He was also global director, experience design at the Whirlpool Corporation. Beaudet, who holds 17 U.S. patents, has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors from Virginia Tech. Cole is the co-founder of Medical Motion Corporation, a Boston-based medical robotic hardware company. Before joining Seegrid, Cole led a global research program for new electric vehicle charging infrastructure technology at ABB. He also worked on developing novel image-guided surgical robotics and interventional navigation technologies as a research scientist at Philips Healthcare. Cole holds a Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he also served as an adjunct professor and autonomous vehicles advisor in the robotics engineering program.
Steffen Flender has taken the reins as managing director of Interroll Automation GmbH. Flender heads the Sinsheim, Germany, site and the associated global Center of Excellence Sorters. He reports to Jens Strüwing, Interroll executive vice-president products and technology and member of the Interroll Group Management. Flender’s professional experience includes more than 20 years in product and portfolio management for Bombardier Transportation’s rail vehicle systems and components business, most recently as business unit head and vice-president key account and project portfolio management. Flender holds a master’s degree in business administration from St. Gallen Business School and Klagenfurt University.