Artificial Intelligence Leader Dr. Denis Garagić Joins as Chief Scientist; Jim Ryder Appointed as Chief Revenue Officer and Tom Jackson Promoted to General Manager of Sarcos Defense
SALT LAKE CITY and BELLEVUE, Wash.— June 1, 2020 —Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in the production of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety, today announced key additions to its leadership team, as well as moves to strengthen its growing defense and public safety business through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sarcos Defense.
Artificial intelligence (AI) leader Dr. Denis Garagić has joined Sarcos as Chief Scientist, Advanced Systems and AI. In this role, Dr. Garagić will be responsible for advancing the company’s innovative control strategies, intelligent algorithms and machine learning technologies. He brings more than 25 years of expertise in AI and machine learning to Sarcos and was most recently Chief Scientist at BAE Systems FAST Labs, guiding the program’s creation of cognitive computing solutions that provide machine intelligence and anticipatory intelligence to solve challenges across the DoD and intelligence communities.
Jim Ryder has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for Sarcos. He will be responsible for growing commercial revenue streams, with a key focus on the company’s revolutionary Guardian® XO® full-body, powered exoskeleton, which Sarcos will begin shipping in Beta version to customers in the fourth quarter of this year. Ryder has more than 20 years of experience as a sales, marketing and operations executive for various technology businesses, including Essen Bioscience, the Advanced Microscopy Group, Clearwire Corporation and Nextel Partners, Inc., where he served as Chief Operating Officer.
Additionally, Tom Jackson has been promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sarcos Defense. Jackson, who has been with Sarcos since April 2019, previously served as Vice President, Defense and Public Safety. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and a 20-year defense, aerospace and energy industry veteran. Prior to joining Sarcos, Jackson was Vice President and General Manager of Aeryon Defense USA, Inc., a U.S. defense Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) subsidiary that he and his team built from the ground up and was acquired by FLIR Systems in early 2019. In his new role, Jackson will oversee business operations for Sarcos Defense and will work closely with global defense and public safety communities.
For more information about the Sarcos executive team, Board of Directors and Advisory Board, please visit https://www.sarcos.com/company.
ABOUT SARCOS ROBOTICS
Sarcos Robotics is the world’s leader in industrial robotic systems that augment human performance by combining human intelligence, instinct and judgment with the strength, endurance and precision of machines to enhance employee safety and productivity. Leveraging more than 25 years of research and development, Sarcos’ mobile robotic systems, including the Guardian® S, Guardian® GT, and Guardian® XO®, are revolutionizing the future of work wherever physically demanding work is done. Formerly the robotics division of a major defense contractor, Sarcos is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, powered by an innovative team of entrepreneurs and engineers, and backed by Caterpillar, GE Ventures, Microsoft and Schlumberger. For more information please visit www.sarcos.com.
ABOUT SARCOS DEFENSE
Sarcos Defense, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in the production of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety. Sarcos Defense is led by an elite team of proven retired U.S. military officers and defense industry veterans who understand the current and future threat environment and are uniquely equipped to deliver solutions that meet the needs of the modern military. Working closely with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal, state, local and international government agencies, Sarcos Defense identifies capability gaps and undertakes research and development efforts, as well as rapid systems integration, to transform Sarcos’ commercial products into specialized, mission-ready solutions that meet the specified requirements. For more information, please visit www.sarcos.com/defense.