Jas Dhillon Will Also Serve as General Manager of TASER Virtual Systems Division
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 18, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), the market leader in advanced electronic control devices (ECDs), today announced that it has named Jas Dhillon as Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager of the newly formed TASER Virtual Systems Division. Mr. Dhillon will lead the development and monitoring of the company’s strategic plans to enhance growth while overseeing all new product and business development.
Mr. Dhillon joins TASER International with 11 years of CEO experience and 12 years of Fortune 100 operational leadership, management consulting and venture capital experience.
Most recently, Mr. Dhillon was a Senior Executive at Miorosoft(r), leading the team responsible for Business Development, Strategy, Product Innovation, and Mergers/Acquisitions for Microsoft Office Live, one of Microsoft’s four strategic initiatives that spearhead Microsoft’s transition to a “Software plus Service” business model. He was responsible for the Business Social Networking, Sales and Marketing Offers, and Unmanaged Communications Services platforms.
Prior to Microsoft. Mr. Dhillon was the CEO and Founder of “ZeroDegrees Inc.,” a leading social networking company for business users, which was acquired by IAC InterActiveCorp. Mr Dhillon served as CEO for two years post acquisition and continued driving the growth of the company. Before ZeroDegrees, Mr. Dhillon was CEO and Founder of Blueline Online Inc., now CTSPACE Inc., a market leader in secure inter-enterprise project collaboration and one of the early innovators in delivering project supply chain collaboration solutions via “Software as a Service’ to Fortune 100 multinational customers. Mr. Dhillon was also Managing Director at both Pivotal Ventures, Inc. assisting Fortune 1000 firms in strategy development, M&A, and investment opportunity evaluation, and at Digital Cost Ventures, an early stage venture fund investing in consumer Internet and enterprise software companies. Mr. Dhillon also served in a variety of progressively senior Executive roles in market leading companies in management consulting, telecommunications, and semiconductors.
“Jas’s extensive executive experience provides TASER International a critical addition to our management team, enhancing strategic oversight of our significantly expanded research and business development programs,” stated Rick Smith, CEO and Founder of TASER International. “As our emerging technologies gain greater communication and computational capabilities, the development of sophisticated software architectures and a fully integrated product roadmap are imperative strategic initiatives for TASER International. Mr. Dhillon has been on the cutting edge of the web 3.0 transformation at Microsoft as they adapt their core product offerings to an internet delivery model. His vision, leadership, and management experience in his past diverse functional roles are now a tremendous asset for us. I am thrilled to have Jas on our team. The fact that we were able to attract someone of Jas’ calibre and experience to lead our new TASER Virtual Systems initiative is an important validation for me of our business strategies going forward.” concluded Smith.
About TASER International, Inc.
TASER International’s products protect life. TASER provides advanced Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) for use in the law enforcement, medical, military, corrections, professional security, and personal protection markets. TASER devices use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens, or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force. For more information, please call TASER International at (800) 978-2737 or visit our website at www.TASER.com.
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