Jim Rock steps down as Seegrid CEO

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Former Seegrid CEO Jim Rock. | Credit score: Seegrid

Jim Rock has stepped down as CEO of Seegrid after practically a decade. Seegrid is a Pittsburgh-based developer of autonomous cell robots (AMRs) for logistics operations.

Joe Pajer has been named the brand new CEO of Seegrid, efficient instantly. Pajer, who obtained each his grasp’s in administration and bachelor’s in civil engineering, engineering and public coverage from Carnegie Mellon College, most lately served because the president and CEO of Calero Software program, a Rochester, New York-based supplier of communications and cloud lifecycle administration options that merged with a competitor – MDSL – in 2019. He served as president and CEO of two different corporations: Thinklogical, a Connecticut-based IT agency, and Vocollect, a Pittsburgh-based software program maker that now operates as a division of Honeywell Security & Productiveness Options.

Rock made the information public yesterday on his LinkedIn web page. He stated he’ll transfer into an advisory function with Seegrid and stay a shareholder and a member of its board of administrators.

“I’ve super respect for, and confidence within the staff, and need to thank everybody concerned in rising Seegrid, together with present and former workers, clients, companions, advisors and traders. Whereas I ponder choices for the subsequent chapter of my skilled life, I’ll proceed to enthusiastically champion for Seegrid’s continued success within the burgeoning robotics and automation house – what a good time to be part of this thrilling market!”

Rock spoke to Pittsburgh Inno concerning the determination to step down, calling it a private transfer. He referred to as the naming of Pajer as CEO “a fairly important improve for Seegrid by way of management.”

Rock obtained numerous congratulatory messages on social media from business friends and rivals.

“Jim, I’ve actually loved our interactions. Your insights and imaginative and prescient are all the time inspiring,” stated Daniel Theobald, founder and chief innovation officer at Vecna Robotics. “Let’s proceed to collaborate and assist the fabric dealing with business rework itself into a brand new, extra environment friendly, sustainable system that meets buyer’s wants and makes use of assets well! Greatest needs on the subsequent steps in that journey.”

“Thanks Jim. On your humble management and for shepherding Seegrid to the place it’s right this moment – a pacesetter each in its market and within the Pittsburgh robotics neighborhood,” stated Joel Reed, government director of the Pittsburgh Robotics Community. “Can’t wait to see what comes subsequent.”

The Robotic Report broke the information about Seegrid shedding 90 workers at first of August 2022. The corporate can also be in the midst of elevating a $75 million fairness spherical of funding.

Based in 2003, Seegrid has quite a lot of fashions in its Palion portfolio, together with Carry AMRs, the Tow Tractor and Pallet Truck AMR. In June 2021, Seegrid launched help for a Robots as a Service (RaaS) subscription mannequin.

Seegrid in October 2020 acquired LiDAR startup Field Robotics. On the time of the deal, Seegrid stated the acquisition will assist it advance its vision-guided robots for protected supplies dealing with.

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