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Artificial intelligence—fueled by human ingenuity

Rethink Robotics’ leadership team is filled with highly skilled professionals with expertise spanning robotics, artificial intelligence, software development and systems engineering. We know what it takes to bring new product categories to market. And manufacturing high-quality, high-volume products is in our DNA.

In other words, we’re not your average robotics company.


Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Founder, Chairman and CTO

A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as the Panasonic Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011.

Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Scott Eckert

Scott Eckert

President and CEO

A seasoned manager with experience in building high-growth businesses, Scott was President and CEO of Motion Computing, the leading provider of tablet PCs for vertical markets, taking the company from a startup to #1 in the world in its category.  Prior to Motion Computing, Scott was an executive at Dell, Inc. and widely known as the founder and general manager of Dell’s worldwide Internet business unit.  Under his leadership, Dell.com grew from zero to $4Bn in revenue, the largest e-commerce site in the world at the time.  Scott was also Managing Director for Dell’s Home and Small Business Division in the UK and Ireland, one of the company’s largest international business units. Prior to entering the technology industry, Scott spent a number of years in strategy consulting and as part of a turnaround team in the consumer product industry.  Scott holds a BA in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Jason Barton

Jason Barton

VP Sales

Jason’s experience centers on selling innovative technology solutions to both commercial and consumer markets. He recently served as COO at EnergyHub, a maker of home energy management products. He joined EnergyHub from Segway, where he was Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. Jason joined Segway from Palm, where he held progressive sales positions, ultimately leading sales for Palm’s U.S. enterprise business. Previously Jason led UK sales and marketing for Precor Inc., a manufacturer of premium fitness equipment. Jason earned a BA Honors Degree from the University of Wales.

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Jim Daly

Jim Daly

VP Product Development and Operations

Jim is an experienced leader with a successful track record of launching innovative new products, building highly effective teams and consistently delivering strong results within entrepreneurial ventures.  Recruited as an early member of the senior leadership team to advance an innovative “made in USA” operational strategy, Jim championed manufacturability and cost discipline through the new product development process for Baxter. He was previously VP of Operations at consumer startups Zeemote and Tea Forte, Director of Manufacturing Operations for Handspring (acquired by Palm), and Manufacturing Director of Solectron’s Complex Systems Division. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Jim Lawton

Chief Marketing Officer

A C-level Executive with experience as President, GM and CMO, Jim has successfully led innovation and growth at companies ranging from start-up technology ventures to Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to Rethink Robotics, he was an executive at Dun & Bradstreet leading an innovative new data and analytics business unit on track to deliver several hundred million in revenue.  Jim also led D&B’s Supply Management Solutions where he spearheaded efforts to make a critical strategic acquisition and innovate the new market category of supplier risk management.  Earlier, Jim was VP and GM of D&B’s Open Ratings subsidiary.  Jim had served as Vice President of Marketing for Open Ratings (acquired by D&B) where he transformed a 5-year-old internet company into an aggressive SaaS provider.  Jim was VP of Marketing for Optiant and VP of Product Marketing for ECNet.  He began his career at Hewlett Packard.  Jim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Milan Shah

Milan Shah

VP of Software Engineering

Milan is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of building and leading software teams and taking cutting edge technology companies to successful outcomes. Prior to joining Rethink Robotics, Milan was SVP of Products and Engineering at Core Security, where he formulated a vision for a new class of IT Security solutions for Enterprises, and then built and led an engineering and product management team to deliver on the vision. Prior to that, Milan has served as VP of Engineering at CA Technologies and IMlogic, where as a member of the founding team, he built and led the company to a successful acquisition by Symantec. Milan spent the first part of his career as a member of the early Windows NT development team at Microsoft. Milan holds a Masters in EECS degree from MIT, and a Bachelors in EECS from University of Illinois, Urbana.

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Ann Whittaker

Ann Whittaker

VP HR & Administration, Co-Founder

Ann’s experience includes various management roles at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the David Rockefeller Jr. Family Office, Millennium Pharma and PAREXEL International. Ann received a BA in International Studies from American University and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.

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