Executive Officers

Blair LaCorte
CEO and Director
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Blair LaCorte is an accomplished leader and strategist with a long history of leveraging his change management skills to drive operational alignment and company growth. Prior to AEye, he served as global president of PRG, the world’s largest live event technology and services company. He was also CEO of XOJET, one of the fastest growing aviation companies in history and the largest private charter company in North America. He also served as a managing director and operating partner at TPG, a premier private equity firm with over $91B in global investments. LaCorte has held numerous executive and general management positions in private and public technology and investment companies throughout his career, including: VerticalNet, ICGE, Savi Technologies, Autodesk and Sun Microsystems. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine and holds an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, where he later served as an executive fellow at the Center for Digital Strategies. He has garnered numerous patents across several domains, served on the Senate’s High Tech Advisory Board, and has been named an “Innovator of the Year” by NASA. LaCorte is an investor and astronaut in training with Virgin Galactic, as well as an investor in Moon Express, designer of the next generation of robotic spacecraft systems.

Luis Dussan
Founder, CTO and Director
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Luis Dussan is a 20+ year veteran of the aerospace and defense industry. During his career at Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, Dussan’s research and development interests included smart and innovative sensor solutions for applications involving Information, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), Targeting, Fire Control, LADAR/LIDAR and Autonomy. He started his career at NASA working for the Jet Propulsion Lab in the Deep Space Network that communicated with NASA planetary and deep space probes. He then spent the bulk of his career at Lockheed Martin in their Missiles and Fire Control Division working in the Advanced Concepts group and developing state-of-the-art ISR and Targeting systems, such as the well-known LM Advanced Targeting Pod found in virtually every major US airborne military asset. After LM, Dussan went to Northrop Grumman Laser Systems and took the post of Chief Technologist where he was responsible for managing that division’s Electro-Optical Sensors R&D. Dussan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, an MS in Quantum Optics and an MS in Optics & Photonics. He put his PhD in Computational Physics on hold to start AEye.

Bob Brown
CFO
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Bob Brown comes to AEye with over 30 years of financial experience, completing over $20 billion in financing and M&A transactions. He has held CFO roles at Velodyne Lidar, Cepton Technologies, and VeriSilicon (SHA:688521). Earlier roles include VP positions at Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), LSI Corporation (acquired by Avago/Broadcom for $6.6 billion) and GetThere (acquired by Sabre for $757 million). Prior to that, Bob held several roles in finance at Hewlett-Packard. He started his career in banking with Security Pacific National Bank. Bob holds a B.S. in Business from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Andrew Hughes
General Counsel

Andrew brings decades of leadership experience negotiating technology-related transactions at high-growth companies. He has served at several Fortune 1000 companies, where he was responsible for negotiating domestic and international transactions, mitigating risk and legal exposure, and ensuring public company compliance. Most recently, he served as Vice President and General Counsel (US) at Renesas Electronics Corp., an automotive and industrial technology company with annual revenues of $6.7B in 2020. Prior to that, Andrew held General Counsel roles at a number of technology-driven companies including Intersil Corp., Ikanos Communications, Bell Microproducts, Inc., and LSI Logic Corporation. Andrew holds a BA in Sociology from UCLA and an MBA and JD from Santa Clara University.

Rick Tewell
COO

Tewell joins AEye from Velodyne Lidar, where he served most recently as Chief Operating Officer. During his career, Tewell has held progressively senior roles in both hardware and embedded software across industry-leading high technology companies, including NVIDIA, Freescale, NXP and VeriSilicon. He brings more than 30 years of engineering and operations experience, including two decades in automotive electronics.