Rethink Robotics’ leadership team is filled with highly skilled professionals in their respective fields, with technology 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.  We are committed to building a strong company that values employees and strives for our customers’ success.

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 a 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, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Rodney is also an accomplished presenter, and speaks regularly to promote the value of robotics and artificial intelligence in venues throughout the world.

Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics

Scott Eckert

President and CEO

Scott joined Rethink Robotics as its CEO in 2010, leading the company from its pre-product start-up stage through multiple rounds of venture financing, global expansion, and scale. Prior to joining Rethink, 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. Motion was subsequently acquired. 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’s internet business grew from zero to a multi-billion dollar business unit and the world’s largest e-commerce business 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. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).

Scott Eckert, President and CEO of Rethink Robotics

Jason Barton

Chief Revenue Officer

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.

Jason Barton, Chief Revenue Officer of Rethink Robotics

Steve Daignault

VP, Finance

With more than two decades of experience in leadership and senior management roles, Steve has focused his finance career in venture-backed, startup technology companies, driving growth from early stage to IPO or acquisition. Most recently, Steve was with High Street Partners, a leader in international business services. Prior to that, he held senior finance roles at envIO Networks, Ellacoya Networks and Maker Communications. He began his career with Deloitte & Touche in Boston. Steve is a licensed certified public accountant and he graduated from Holy Cross College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Accounting.

Steve Daignault, Vice President of Finance at Rethink Robotics

Jim Lawton

Chief Operating Officer

Experienced in both start-up and Fortune 500 environments, Jim’s career has focused on building organizations that give manufacturers new and effective ways to capitalize on the intersection of technology and business. From early days in the e-commerce market and supply chain optimization to supplier risk management, Jim has been on the leading edge of innovation that changes what world-class manufacturing looks like. He joined Rethink Robotics in 2013 to lead the company’s marketing and product strategy. Now, as COO, Jim expands his responsibilities to also include product innovation and development, hardware engineering and mechatronics, operations and supply chain, and the quality and delivery of the company’s advanced collaborative robots to manufacturers and distributors all over the world. Jim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he was a member in the inaugural Leaders for Manufacturing / Leaders for Global Operations program.

Jim Lawton, Chief Operating Officer

Kurt Reiner

VP, Software Development

Kurt is an experienced technical leader with a proven track record of building high-caliber teams to launch and evolve new software products and services. Before leading the software team at Rethink, Kurt oversaw the development of consumer gaming products for Demiurge Studios. He successfully guided the studio through a transition from a consultancy to an original product development studio which led to its acquisition by Sega of America. In his 20-year career in software as a developer and manager, Kurt has launched a dozen products on mobile, PC, and gaming consoles for companies like Electronic Arts, Harmonix, Gearbox and BioWare. Kurt graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a Master of Science and a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Kurt Reiner, Vice President of Software Development at Rethink Robotics

Ann Whittaker

Co-Founder and VP, People & Culture

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.

Ann Whitaker, Co-Founder and Vice President of People & Culture at Rethink Robotics