AeroVironment Announces CFO Transition, Appoints Brian Shackley Interim CFO

SIMI VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced that senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) Teresa Covington will resign to become CFO of a private company, effective October 18, 2019. Brian Shackley, AeroVironment vice president and controller, has been appointed interim chief financial officer, effective October 18, 2019.

AeroVironment has initiated a search process to select a new CFO.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and management team, I thank Teresa for her many contributions and her role in helping deliver two consecutive years of profitable, double-digit revenue growth for AeroVironment,” said president and chief executive officer of AeroVironment Wahid Nawabi. "Teresa has been a trusted member of our management team whose perspective we have valued greatly, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Mr. Nawabi continued, “We are at an important point in our company’s evolution, with both a strong track record of results and significant growth opportunities ahead. Our management team and Board of Directors are confident that Brian Shackley’s deep financial expertise and significant knowledge of AeroVironment make him the right person to lead our Finance organization while we conduct a rigorous search for a new CFO who can help us achieve our long-term growth objectives.”

“It has been an honor to work alongside AeroVironment’s talented team over the last eight years as CFO, and previously, as vice president of Finance," said Ms. Covington. “The company is in a strong financial position and I am confident in the leadership team’s ability to continue successfully executing its strategy and delivering value for shareholders.”

About Brian Shackley

Brian Shackley joined AeroVironment in January 2016 and has served as vice president and corporate controller since December 2017. He previously served as the company’s director of SEC reporting from January 2016 to December 2017. Mr. Shackley has 18 years of experience in various accounting and finance roles, including approximately 9 years in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he served as an audit senior manager. Mr. Shackley is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Corporate Finance from San Diego State University.

About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government, and commercial customers. For more information visit

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