Qelzal Corp. has named Rob Benson its CEO.
The company, a tenant in the EvoNexus incubator, offers technology that lets small drones sense their surroundings and avoid obstacles, autonomously. The technology consumes little power and works under harsh lighting conditions.
In the near term, the company will concentrate on key capabilities to allow commercial unmanned air vehicles to fly beyond the line of sight of their operators.
Benson has previously worked for SAIC, HNC Software and ID Analytics.
Qelzal made the announcement in mid-August. Olivier Coenen, the company’s founder, will continue as chief technology officer, the company said.
In a statement, Coenen said the task of running the company has become a full-time job. “Having received significant interest from drone manufacturers and end users, we’ve simply been challenged to respond fast enough,” the founder said.
In addition to being part of EvoNexus, Qelzal is a portfolio company of LightSpeed Innovations and has used funds from the Pentagon’s R&D operation, DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.