Leon van de Pas has been appointed CEO of Unifly. He succeeds Marc Kegelaers in this role.
Leon van de Pas has worked in both emerging start-ups and multinational corporations such as Philips, Gemalto, Tele Atlas and HERE Technologies and has an expertise in bringing disruptive innovations to market, according to the company. He has a background in medical, wireless, navigation, lighting and IoT services and during his time with HERE he led the Consumer Business Group and merged it with the Enterprise Business Group into a global IoT Business Group initiating many value propositions like indoor mapping, fleet management, supply chain, smart cities, mobility, etc. Before joining Unifly, Leon set up the regional headquarters in Singapore. Within the first year he brought the region to double digit growth.
According to Leon van de Pas: “When I first came across Unifly three years ago, for me that was the first time I truly realized the vast potential of unmanned vehicles moving along all three dimensions. I was struck by the opportunity of “mapping” the low altitude airspace. It is even more thrilling to imagine that all solutions currently built on a two-dimensional map for traditional manned vehicles will have to be brought to the third dimension for autonomous vehicles and ultimately in real-time. I want to thank Marc Kegelaers for bringing Unifly where it is today and I am honored to lead the Unifly team through its next growth phase.”
Marc Kegelaers said: “After five exciting and intense years, I will be stepping down as CEO of Unifly. I am very proud of what we achieved in such a short time span. Unifly has become an industry leader in the new world of Unmanned Traffic Management. The company raised over EUR23 23 million in capital with major VCs and strategic investors. We opened subsidiaries in the US and Denmark, signed long term strategic contracts with major organizations such as DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, NAV CANADA and skeyes (formerly Belgocontrol).”