BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 23, 2008 – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT) today announced Jay Leader has been named vice president of information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO). Leader will be responsible for the development and execution of iRobot’s global IT strategy as well as management of the global IT organization. He will focus on driving the company’s technology vision and ensure IT strategy aligns with and supports iRobot’s growing global business. Leader will report to Chief Executive Officer Colin Angle.
“Jay brings to iRobot a proven record of leadership and accomplishment in using advanced information technology to gain a competitive business advantage,” said Angle. “We believe he will strengthen iRobot’s capabilities as we continue to grow our global operations and IT infrastructure. He will be a significant contributor to the future success of the iRobot team.”
With more than 23 years of experience, Leader brings to iRobot a background of large-scale IT project development, deployment and management. In his most recent position, as CIO of Nypro - a $1.2 billion manufacturing firm - Leader managed IT operations across 66 locations in 18 countries for 15,000 employees. His reorganization efforts and new solution architectures enabled 24x7 support for the company, while significantly reducing costs.
Previously, Leader served as managing associate for Coopers & Lybrand LLP in Burlington, Mass., where he implemented programs that streamlined their clients core insurance processing and financial data warehousing efforts. After Coopers, Leader served as principal for Project Consulting Group in Medway, Mass., eventually moving on to serve as director for application development at Nypro. There, Leader’s institution of advanced enterprise technologies and management of offshore development relationships earned him the title of CIO in 2005.
Leader has a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations, and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, and its government and industrial robots protect those in harm’s way. iRobot’s consumer and military robots feature iRobot Aware® robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
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