Management

Rick Smith
  • Rick Smith
  • CEO & Founder

The driving force behind Rick Smith's strong leadership is the aspiration to reduce world violence. Since 1993, he has dedicated himself to delivering innovative technology solutions to create safer communities. He's an approachable leader who loves a good brainstorm, and is invigorated by challenging problems and the team he's assembled to help solve them.

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  • Education: BS in Neuroscience from Harvard (Cum Laude); Master's in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium; MBA from the University of Chicago
  • Awards: Co-winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year; Made The Phoenix Business Journal's list of “Most Admired CEOs and Top-Level Executives” in 2010
  • Fun Fact: Once rappelled into the atrium of Axon headquarters
Luke Larson
  • Luke Larson
  • President

Luke joined Axon in June of 2008 and has filled a variety of executive and management roles. He currently serves as President of Axon, where he oversees all domestic and international sales, marketing and communications, operations, people and culture as well as hardware engineering. Luke values big thinking and bold moves, which he's helped Axon pursue during his tenure.

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  • Education: BA from the University of Arizona, MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Previous Roles: Marine Corps infantry officer serving two tours in Iraq; awarded the Bronze Star with V for valor
  • Fun Fact: Recently summited Mount Rainier in Washington
Jawad Ahsan
  • Jawad Ahsan
  • Chief Financial Officer

Jawad joined Axon in April of 2017 and now manages all aspects of corporate finance and investor relations. Bringing in over 15 years of experience as a financial leader with various companies, Jawad is valuable member of the Axon executive team.

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  • Education: BA in Economics & International Studies from College of the Holy Cross; MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Previous Roles: CFO of Market Track; CFO GE Clinical Business Solutions; CFO GE Healthcare Knowledge & Connectivity Solutions; VP Financial Planning & Analysis GE Capital Aviation Services; Director of Commercial Operations GE Aviation; Financial Management Program GE Plastics.
  • Fun Fact: Has lived in 7 countries and visited 36; within the US has lived in 11 different states
  • Todd Basche
  • EVP of Worldwide Products

Todd joined Axon in 2016 and oversees all research and development for Axon devices. Prior to Axon Todd was VP of software planning and product management at Dell and has held a variety of executive positions in Silicon Valley companies ranging from Rovi to Apple, where he worked directly with Steve Jobs and was responsible for the iLife and iWork suite of products. Todd also has an extensive background as an entrepreneur as a co-founder of Visioneer as well CEO and co-founder of WordLock Inc. Todd has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Josh Isner
  • Josh Isner
  • EVP Global Sales

Josh is responsible for global growth, customer service, professional services, and sales operations. Josh joined Axon in 2009 as a member of the Leadership Development Program, and after rotating through several departments in the company, he eventually helmed and led the domestic video and cloud sales team to a record year in 2014. Josh previously held the roles of Director of Leadership Development, Northeast Regional Sales Executive, and VP of Video and Cloud Sales at TASER. Josh has a BS in Government & Political Science from Harvard University.

  • Kathy Trontell
  • CIO

Kathy is responsible for leading the company's Information Technology & Services organization. Before joining Axon in 2016, she previously held senior leadership roles in IT, finance, sales strategy & operations, manufacturing, and more, at Silicon Valley companies including Tesla Motors, Salesforce, Symantec, NetApp, and Sun Microsystems. Kathy holds a combined degree in Architecture and Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.

  • Jay Reitz
  • VP of Software, Services & Security

Jay is responsible for leading software engineering, service operations, and information security at Axon. He is also head of Axon's Seattle office. Prior to joining Axon in 2014, Jay was VP of Engineering at HubPages, a profitable San Francisco-based publishing startup that he cofounded in a garage in 2006 and helped grow to a top-40 web property. Before HubPages, he was a Software Development Manager on Microsoft's music team from 2000 to 2006 and was an early employee at MongoMusic, a startup that was acquired by Microsoft for $65M in 2000. Jay studied Computer Science at Stanford University.

  • Gretchen Mastellon
  • VP of People Operations

Gretchen joined Axon in 2016 and oversees all aspects of Axon's people strategy. Prior to Axon, Gretchen was Divisional VP of Human Resources at Coach, the multinational luxury fashion company based in NYC. Gretchen started her human resources career working for Pcubed, a global management consulting firm, and has a B.A. from Columbia University.

  • Darren Steele
  • VP of Marketing, Training and Commuications

Darren oversees the company's marketing, training, and communications. Prior to joining Axon in 2016, Darren served in leadership roles at Fortune 100, startup and agency businesses. His roles include Principal and Strategy Director at Mindspace where he led groundbreaking projects for Google, Starbucks, and Expedia. Darren was also Group Product Manager at Microsoft for both Xbox and Windows teams and Director of Sales and Marketing at Access Software. Darren has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Brigham Young University.

  • Josh Goldman
  • VP of Operations

Josh joined Axon as VP of Operations in 2017 and leads supply chain, quality, manufacturing, and international operations. Prior to Axon, Josh was a managing partner at Logistics Delivered, as well as VP of Operations at Ruan Transport Corporation, where he excelled in strategic enterprise-wide leadership and managed P&L/business development for operations across the continental US. Josh began his career as a Marine Corps Logistics/Supply Officer serving two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from the University of Redlands with advanced study at the University of Cambridge Institute of Economic and Political Studies.

Doug Klint
  • Doug Klint
  • General Counsel

Doug has been with the company since December of 2002 and now oversees Axon's robust legal department, managing risk management, litigation, corporate governance, securities compliance, intellectual property, employment law, and patent law. Doug is an unflappable presence leading one of the company's busiest departments.

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  • Education: Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College; J.D. from William Mitchell College (Cum Laude)
  • Previous roles: CEO of Aspec Technology in Sunnyvale, California; Vice President and General Counsel of Gatefield Corporation and of Zycad Corporation; Partner in the law firm of Talle, Klint, and Trimble
  • Fun Fact: Once lived in Africa

Board of Directors

Mr. Garnreiter has served as a director of the Company since June 2006 and in February of 2012 assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Garnreiter is also currently a managing director for Fenix Financial Forensics; a Phoenix Arizona based consulting organization, and has served in that capacity since January 2010. Mr. Garnreiter is also a board member and Audit and Governance committees Chair of Amtech systems, a supplier of horizontal diffusion furnace systems. He is also a board member and Audit committee Chairman for Knight Transportation, a North American truckload carrier. Mr. Garnreiter also serves as an Audit committee member for PAAMCO, a privately held company. From August 2006 through December 2009, Mr. Garnreiter also is managing member of Rising Sun Restaurant Group, L.L.C., a private restaurant operating company. From April 2002 through June 2006, Mr. Garnreiter was Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer of the Main Street Restaurant Group. Mr. Garnreiter previously served as a partner of the international accounting firm of Arthur Andersen from 1974 through March 2002. Mr. Garnreiter holds a B.S. degree in accounting from California State University at Long Beach and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Carmona dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While enlisted, he received his Army General Equivalency Diploma, joined the Army's Special Forces, ultimately becoming a combat-decorated Vietnam veteran, and began his career in medicine.

After leaving active duty, Dr. Carmona attended Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, where he earned his associate of arts degree. He later attended and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, with a bachelor of science degree (1977) and medical degree (1979). At the University of California Medical School, Dr. Carmona was awarded the prestigious gold-headed cane as the top graduate. He has also earned a masters of public health from the University of Arizona (1998).
Dr. Carmona has worked in various positions in the medical field, including paramedic, registered nurse, and physician. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is also certified in correctional health care and in quality assurance.

In 2002 Dr. Carmona was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to become the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. As Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona focused on prevention, preparedness, health disparities, health literacy and global health to include health diplomacy. He also issued many landmark Surgeon General communications during his tenure, including the definitive Surgeon General's Report about the dangers of second-hand smoke (2006).
Prior to being named Surgeon General, Dr. Carmona was the chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System; and a professor of surgery, public health, and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Carmona has served for over 26 years with the Pima County Sheriff's Department in Tucson, including as deputy sheriff, surgeon, and SWAT team leader. He is one of the most highly decorated police officers in Arizona, and his numerous awards include the National Top Cop Award, the National SWAT Officer of the Year, and the National Tactical EMS Award. Dr. Carmona is a nationally recognized SWAT expert and has published extensively on SWAT training and tactics, forensics, and tactical emergency medical support. Dr. Carmona has also served as a medical director of police and fire departments and is a fully qualified peace officer with expertise in special operations and emergency preparedness, including weapons of mass destruction.

After completing his four-year term as Surgeon General in 2006, Dr. Carmona was named to the position of vice chairman for Canyon Ranch, the country's leading health and wellness company for over 25 years. He also serves as chief executive officer of the company's Health Division and oversees health strategy and policy for all Canyon Ranch businesses. He is president of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute and the recipient of the first Distinguished Professorship in Public Health at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Dr. Carmona has received numerous awards, decorations, and local and national recognition for his achievements. A strong supporter of community service, he serves on community and national boards and provides leadership to many diverse organizations.
 

  • Julie Anne Cullivan

Ms. Cullivan recently joined ForeScout Technologies, Inc., a leading Internet of Things (IoT) security company, as SVP, Business Operations and CIO where she is responsible for leading the cross functional initiatives and information security strategy to support the fast-growing company. Formerly EVP, Business Operations and CIO at FireEye, Inc., Ms. Cullivan was a member of the executive team that set the company's strategy. With responsibility for both Business Operations and Information Technology, Ms. Cullivan helped scale FireEye from a private company with $80 million in revenue, through its successful IPO, to a global publicly traded company with revenues of over $700 million and a $2.7 billion valuation.

A thought leader in sales, channel, cloud, cyber security, and business digitization, she is adept at implementing innovative technology solutions to enable such strategic imperatives. Ms. Cullivan has held executive positions focused on sales, channel and marketing operations at Autodesk, McAfee, EMC, and Oracle. She is a recognized leader in the cyber security field and a sought-after speaker on topics including women in security, security as a boardroom imperative, innovation, and building high impact teams. Ms. Cullivan has a B.S. degree in Finance from Santa Clara University and brings extensive business, information technology and cyber security expertise to the Axon Board.

Mark W. Kroll Ph.D., FACC.  Dr. Kroll retired from St. Jude Medical Inc. in July 2005, where he held various executive level positions since 1995, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cardiac Rhythm Management Division. Dr. Kroll holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas. He has over 340 issued US patents and is a Fellow of the: American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and the American Institute for Medicine and Biology in Engineering. Dr. Kroll is also a director of Haemonetics Corporation.

From August 1998 through January 2000, Dr. McBrady served as an international economist with President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Treasury Department. Dr. McBrady subsequently served as a professor of finance at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (from September 2002 through May 2003) and at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia (from May 2003 through December 2006). Dr. McBrady then worked as an investment professional within the North American Private Equity group at Bain Capital, LLC (from January 2007 through January 2009). Dr. McBrady then joined Silver Creek Capital Management, LLC as Managing Director and Head of Investment Strategy and Risk Management (from January 2009 through January 2014) prior to joining BlackRock, Inc. where he served as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Multi-Strategy Hedge Funds from January 2014 through September 2016. Dr. McBrady holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Harvard University, a M.S. degree in International Economics from Oxford University (U.K.), and a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Business Economics from Harvard University. Dr. McBrady previously served as a director for the Company from January 2001 through June 2014.

Mr. Partovi has served as a director of the Company since 2010 and is currently a strategic advisor to Facebook, Dropbox, OPOWER and Bluekai.  Mr. Partovi is also a co-founder of the education non-profit Code.org.  From 2009 through 2010, Mr. Partovi was Senior Vice President of Technology for MySpace (via acquisition) and from 2006 through 2009 he was President and Co-Founder of ILIKE, Inc. which was acquired by MySpace in 2009. From 2002 through 2005, Mr. Partovi was General Manager, Microsoft MSN Entertainment and MSN.com and from 1999 through 2001, he was Co-Founder and VP of Product and Professional Services for TELLME Networks, Inc. From 1994 through 1999, he was Program Manager for Microsoft Internet Explorer.  Mr. Partovi holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, summa cum laude, from Harvard University.

  • Bret Taylor
  • Director

Bret Taylor served as Group Product Manager at Google Inc. until June 2007, where he co-created Google Maps and the Google Maps API. He then joined venture capital firm Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence where he founded the social network Friendfeed, Inc. with former Google employee, Jim Norris. Taylor was the CEO of FriendFeed until August 2009, when Facebook acquired the company. Taylor was the Chief Technology Officer of Facebook until the summer of 2012 and supervised some of Facebook's newest and most important products, including the creation of the Open Graph, the App Center, and its integration with the Apple App Store. He is now CEO and co-founder of Quip. Taylor attended Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor's degree and a master's degree in computer science.

Committee Composition

Audit Committee
  • Michael Garnreiter Chairman of the Board , Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Dr. Richard Carmona
  • Dr. Matthew R. McBrady
Nominating and Governance Committee
  • Michael Garnreiter Chairman of the Board
  • Dr. Richard Carmona Chair of the N & G Committee
  • Dr. Matthew R. McBrady
Compensation Committee
  • Michael Garnreiter Chairman of the Board
  • Hadi Partovi
Litigation Committee
  • Michael Garnreiter Chairman of the Board
  • Dr. Richard Carmona
  • Mark W. Kroll, Ph.D