Sharper Shape appoints veteran innovator as CEO

Beaufait is a proven business leader with extensive global experience and joins Sharper Shape from Sarcos Robotics where he was the Chief Operating Officer and led the company’s commercialization and development efforts for powered exoskeletons and teleoperated inspection robots.

Sharper Shape appoints veteran innovator as CEO
Sharper Shape appoints veteran innovator as CEO

Sharper Shape appoints veteran innovator as CEO

Sharper Shape announced the appointment of Chris Beaufait as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 19, 2020. Beaufait takes over the position from Ilkka Hiidenheimo, who has served as President and CEO since early 2017.

Beaufait is a proven business leader with extensive global experience and joins Sharper Shape from Sarcos Robotics where he was the Chief Operating Officer and led the company’s commercialization and development efforts for powered exoskeletons and teleoperated inspection robots.

Chris brings over two decades of experience in customer and technology-focused infrastructure and service businesses and will use his deep knowledge and understanding of identifying customer pain points to propel the company from start-up to scale-up.

Beaufait said that Sharper Shape’s success to date is rooted in precisely understanding customer needs and developing solutions to meet those needs, critical to the growth of any business. He believes that their holistic approach to aerial utility inspection is truly a market differentiator, delivering a systematic, end-to-end solution that avoids the need for utilities to change how they operate.

He added that Sharper Shape has analyzed a remarkable five petabytes of data for customers and he is looking forward to building on Sharper Shape’s success, focusing on growing customer trust and confidence in what they do and implementing the processes and institutional knowledge that can help them scale up.

This will enable them to deliver innovative solutions for utilities and wider energy sector players across the United States and beyond. Hiidenheimo said that they are delighted to welcome Chris to the helm of Sharper Shape. This is the right time to have a new CEO located in their biggest market.

With his strong innovation track record, Chris is also perfectly positioned to be the driving force behind continued technology success. He added that he will continue his involvement with Sharper Shape as a member of the Board of Directors and remain very optimistic about the future of this business.

Andrej Srsen, Sharpe Shape Chairman of the Board said that In Chris they found a leader with a proven track record to execute and deliver for existing customers while scaling the business for the growing customer base in the US and also globally. 

This is needed to help utilities deal with aging infrastructure and environmental challenges such as wildfires today while developing products and technology to help utilities get in front of it tomorrow.