Management Team

Management Team

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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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


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 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 day to day operations. Luke values big thinking and bold moves, which he's helped Axon pursue during his tenure.

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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

Chief Financial Officer

Jawad joined Axon in 2017 and is responsible for leading the company's global finance, corporate strategy, legal and IT organizations. He also serves as the executive sponsor and owner of Axon’s consumer-facing business.

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Jawad is a graduate of GE's Corporate Audit Staff and Financial Management leadership development programs. He earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Previous Roles

Prior to Axon, Jawad was CFO for Market Track, a private-equity backed SaaS marketing intelligence company that he helped guide to an exit to Vista Equity. He also spent 13 years in various roles at GE, most notably serving as CFO for GE Healthcare’s electronic health record and enterprise software businesses. Jawad gained substantial international experience while at GE, working across more than 20 countries in several industries including healthcare, aviation, financial services, and film & entertainment.

Fun Fact

Has lived in 7 countries and visited 36; within the US has lived in 11 different states

Josh Isner

Chief Revenue Officer

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.

Jeff Kunins

Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President of Software

Jeff is responsible for driving Axon’s software as a service business and leading the Seattle office. For more than 25 years, Jeff has helped invent and deliver services used by hundreds of millions of customers around the world, serving in diverse roles including VP of Kindle’s global reading experience at Amazon, General Manager (GM) of Product and Design at Skype and GM of Windows Live Messenger at Microsoft. Prior to Axon, Jeff served as Vice President (VP) of Amazon’s Alexa Entertainment and led Alexa’s global experience, developer platform, and strategic partnerships for music, video, and podcasts across over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices. Jeff also spent eight years at voice services pioneer Tellme Networks, where he served as VP of Product. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University.

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