Alastair Westgarth will steer Starship delivery robots
Autonomous delivery robots company Starship Technologies has appointed technology expert Alastair Westgarth as CEO to drive its growth ambitions.
Starship announced in May that it had quadrupled deliveries globally since the start of the pandemic and that it had completed 1.5 million commercial deliveries around the world.
Westgarth has more than 30 years’ experience at various technology companies, including Quintel Solutions and Nortel. He was most recently CEO at Alphabet’s Loon, which focused on bringing internet access to unserved and underserved communities around the world via a network of balloons operating on the edge of space.
“I’ve been following Starship Technologies’ progress for a considerable time now,” said Westgarth. “Autonomous delivery is changing logistics as we know it, impacting billions of people around the world. The team at Starship has been developing and perfecting the technology and its operations for years, since creating the robot delivery category in 2014.
“The pandemic fast-tracked wider awareness of contactless delivery and now many more customers and businesses understand its convenience, ease and environmental benefits. I’m excited about this opportunity and looking forward to helping the company scale both on campuses and in neighborhoods, giving millions more people access to this market-leading, convenient, safe and environmentally friendly delivery service.”
“Alastair shares our belief that we are building something that will make the world of delivery better for everyone,” said Janus Friis, co-founder of Starship. “Last-mile delivery is notoriously costly, inefficient and harms the environment from excessive congestion and pollution. We think Alastair has the right experience and mindset to help Starship continue to grow its position as a leader in reshaping last-mile delivery, which will impact the movement of things on a much larger scale.”
Starship’s co-founder Ahti Heinla, who is now taking on the role of CTO, added: “When we created Starship in 2014, we wanted to make peoples’ lives easier and upend the way people received goods. We’ve seen that vision come to life over the past few years and our technology is now ready to truly scale. Alastair’s global leadership and tech skills will be vital in helping us take Starship to the next stage in our growth journey.”