AEye names new CEO as company targets commercialization of lidar products

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High-performance lidar solutions provider, AEye has named Matt Fisch as the company’s new CEO and as a member of its board of directors. The appointment will be effective from February 13, 2023. In his new position Fisch will be responsible for heading up the commercialization of AEye’s product portfolio in a range of markets.

Fisch replaces previous CEO Blair LaCorte who departed the company in December 2022. LaCorte will continue with AEye as a member of the AEye Advisory Board.

“Matt is the right leader at the right time for AEye,” said Carol DiBattiste, chair of the board of directors, AEye. “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,” commented Luis Dussan, founder and CTO, 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,” said Jordan Greene, co-founder and general manager of automotive, AEye. “His expertise perfectly complements and strengthens our management team, and we are delighted to welcome him on board as our CEO.”

Fisch brings his deep and broad technical expertise to AEye, having held multiple positions in the automotive sector. His previous positions include vice president of R&D at Harman International Industries, and most recently, he held senior vice president and chief technical officer positions at Gentherm, a U$1.1bn developer of thermal management technologies. There, Fisch led the company’s transformation to align with the electrification of the automotive industry and the shifting value proposition to software and systems.

Beyond the automotive sector, Fisch previously held the position of executive vice president of global engineering at Verifone. He also spent 22 years at Intel as general manager of Android and Windows software engineering, where he led software product development and deep technical partnerships with Apple, Google and Microsoft across mobile computing, cellphone, tablet and consumer product lines.

“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 LaCorte.

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