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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Board Members Bolster Draper’s National Security and Commercial Perspectives

Four additions to Draper’s Governance Team selected recently

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Following record annual revenues Draper welcomed David Aronoff, Francis Kearney, and David Shedd to its board of directors, and Robert Colwell to its corporation, at the company’s annual meeting this month.

“For more than 80-years, Draper engineers have conceived of and created solutions to some of the most complex National Security challenges,” explained Draper President and CEO Kaigham J. Gabriel. “Today, we continue to provide revolutionary technological advantages for the U.S., while we also pursue commercial endeavors to help humanity in numerous areas such as, biomedical solutions, infrastructure protection and humanitarian efforts. These new additions to the Draper Board and Corporation will help Draper innovate on behalf of its national security customers and in new commercial business areas.”

Aronoff is a general partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early stage investment firm in Boston and New York. He was formerly a general partner at Greylock Partners in Boston, and worked as a software engineer at Chipcom Corp. of Waltham, Massachusetts, and AT&T Bell Laboratories in Whippany, New Jersey.

Kearney, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, is the president of Inside-Solutions-LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on leadership development; a partner and co-founder of Willowdale Services, which invests in and develops small businesses and works to employ veterans; and a senior advisor at Thayer Leader Development Group in West Point, New York. His military career included serving as deputy director for strategic operational planning at the National Counter-Terrorism Center.

Shedd is a national security consultant and adjunct professor at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. He previously served in intelligence community leadership positions including deputy and acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, chief of staff for the director of national intelligence, and senior director for intelligence programs and reform at the White House.

Draper’s corporation serves as the nonprofit equivalent of shareholders, providing continuity and insight to the board of directors. Colwell is a consultant who previously served in positions including director of the microsystems technology office at the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA), and chief Pentium architect and Intel Fellow at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.

From left to right: David Aronoff, Frank Kearney, David Shedd
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