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Axon Announces CFO Transition

Jim Zito Appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer

Raises 2022 Revenue and Adj. EBITDA Guidance; Affirms Long-Term Financial Outlook

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --  Axon (Nasdaq: AXON), the global leader in connected public safety technologies, today announced that Jim Zito, Senior Vice President of Accounting, who serves as Axon's corporate controller, has been appointed interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.

Zito succeeds Jawad Ahsan, who has resigned as CFO in order to pursue other opportunities. Ahsan will be available to the Company as needed over the next two months to support a smooth transition.

The Axon Board has initiated a search to identify a permanent CFO and intends to engage an executive search firm to assist in the process.

Axon CEO Rick Smith said, "Axon has a deep bench of talent driving our success. Since joining the company in 2017, Jim has played a key role in building out our world class accounting and controllership organization, enhancing our internal controls over financial reporting, and overseeing the implementation of stronger processes to drive operating rigor to improve Axon's financial results. As interim CFO, Jim's contributions at Axon and his depth of experience will support the continued execution of our financial priorities as we conduct a search for our next CFO."

"I look forward to working with the entire management team in my new role to continue building on the exciting momentum underway," Zito said. "We have established an impressive track record of execution at scale coupled with cost discipline, and remain confident in our ability to continue to deliver accelerating growth, profitability and cash flow."

Smith continued, "On behalf of the Board and management team, I want to thank Jawad for his dedication and all of his hard work over the last five years helping Axon innovate and grow. We wish him well as he pursues the next chapter in his career."

"I am honored to have worked alongside such a bright and talented group of individuals at Axon and to have played a part in advancing Axon's important mission to protect life," said Ahsan. "I look forward to following Axon's growth and market leadership in the years to come."

Raises 2022 Financial Outlook and Affirms Long-Term Growth Targets

Axon today said that it is raising its 2022 revenue outlook and affirming its long-term revenue growth target of a 20%+ CAGR.

Axon's upwardly revised 2022 revenue expectation has increased to a range of $1.05 billion to $1.1 billion, reflecting about 25% annual growth at the midpoint. Previously, Axon had guided to $1.04 billion, reflecting 20% annual revenue growth.

Axon's upwardly revised 2022 Adjusted EBITDA range is $190 million to $200 million, up from $185 million to $195 million previously.

Axon affirmed its 2022 adjusted free cash flow guidance range of about $125 million to $145 million.

About Jim Zito

As Senior Vice President of Accounting, Jim Zito leads Axon's global accounting and controllership organization. Prior to joining Axon in 2017, Zito served as the Global Controller for General Electric (GE) Healthcare Digital and Healthcare Partners, the software and consulting businesses within GE Healthcare. There, he led a global team responsible for controllership and commercial finance operations. Zito joined GE in 2010 as the Controller for GE Healthcare's Clinical Business Solutions product line and completed GE's Experienced Financial Leadership Program in 2015. His prior experience includes progressive leadership positions in the audit practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Zito earned his B.B.A. in Accountancy and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame.

About Axon

Axon is a network of devices, apps and people that helps public safety personnel become smarter and safer. With a mission of protecting life, our technologies give customers the confidence, focus and time they need to keep their communities safe. Our products impact every aspect of a public safety officer's day-to-day experience with the goal of helping everyone get home safe.

We work hard for those who put themselves in harm's way for all of us. To date, more than 263,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon Network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at or by calling (800) 978-2737. Axon is a global company with headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. and global software engineering hub in Seattle, Wash., as well as additional offices in Australia, Canada, Finland, Vietnam, the UK and the Netherlands.

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