UUV Aquabotix has appointed David Batista as a new chief executive officer.
Batista has over 20 years’ experience in working with small-cap listed companies, both in the United States and Australia.
Most recently, David was senior managing director of Viriathus Holdings. He previously held roles with HPC Capital Management, SoundView Technology Group and Lehman Brothers.
Batista holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and certificate in International Marketing from C.W. Post College.
Following the appointment of Batista as new CEO, Durval Tavares, the founder of the company and the outgoing CEO, will take over the role of chief technology officer.
Durval Tavares, Aquabotix’s outgoing CEO and current CTO, said, “I established Aquabotix in 2011 to develop and build class-leading technology for the underwater world. To this day that remains my goal, and I am enthused to be able to devote my time exclusively to leading the technology function of Aquabotix. There are a number of projects underway that we look forward to bringing to market in the near-term.”
David Batista, Aquabotix’s incoming CEO, added, “I am confident to be leaving an executive position with a successful independent financial services firm for this opportunity in a nascent and rapidly growing market. The underwater drone market is up for grabs in a number of industry verticals – military, security and law enforcement, energy, aquaculture, marine construction and maintenance, recreational, and others. Thanks to Durval’s and the team’s prior efforts, Aquabotix has the technology and the early sales lead to secure a substantial part of these emerging markets, provided that it attacks these markets with energy and vigor. I am excited to lead this charge and believe that the team and I will be able to capitalize on my skills and experience in establishing a leading market position.”