Wahid Nawabi joined AeroVironment in 2011 as senior vice president and general manager of the EES business segment. Nawabi joined AeroVironment after a 20-year career as an executive with advanced technology companies in industries spanning clean technology, industrial/electrical equipment manufacturing, telecom, and energy. During his 16 years at American Power Conversion (APC), the company's revenue increased from $50 million to more than $2.4 billion and it became the world leader in power protection. Nawabi started and led the Enterprise/Data Center business at APC, growing revenue to $600 million between 2000 and 2008. Nawabi also led C&D Technologies' Americas business.
Since joining AeroVironment in 2011, Teresa Covington has provided financial leadership to AeroVironment and its EES business segment and has served as a senior member of the company's finance team. Covington served as the company's interim chief financial officer from February 5, 2015 to July 7, 2015. Covington's responsibilities included financial analysis, planning, accounting, credit and collections as well as launching and leading a new product line management organization.
Prior to joining AeroVironment, Covington served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Line 6, a global designer and manufacturer of musical instruments now part of Yamaha. Covington earned her master's in business administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a master's in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ken Karklin has served as our Senior Vice President of Operations since December 2018 and is accountable for product line management, engineering, fulfillment, program management, quality, information technology and related support functions. Prior to AeroVironment’s sale of the Efficient Energy System (EES) segment in June 2018, Ken served as the company’s Vice President and General Manager of EES from May 2015, and as Vice President of Transition Services, subsequent to the divestiture. From April 2009 until May 2015, Ken served in a range of leadership roles at AeroVironment, including Director of Corporate Quality.
Prior to joining the company, Ken served as Vice President of Product Engineering at venture-funded start-up Touchdown Technologies which was successfully acquired in 2009 by Verigy (now part of Advantest Corp.). Ken previously held engineering leadership roles at established technology leaders, including Verigy, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard Company and Intel Corporation. Ken earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995, is a graduate of Agilent/Hewlett-Packard’s year-long Accelerated Leadership Development Program (ADP/LEAD) and continues to pursue Executive Management coursework with Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.