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iRobot Appoints Two Former Senior Ranking Military Personnel; Expands Government & Industrial Robotics Division

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan, 24, 2005 - iRobot Corp. today announced the appointments of former U.S. Army Col. Daniel Sulka and Marine Corps Col. Thomas White to management positions within its Government & Industrial Robotics division. Sulka, who formerly planned and managed Department of Defense logistics operations, as well as NATO logistics in the former Yugoslavia, will manage operations for iRobot’s logistics group. White, previously the Naval Air Systems Command’s AV-8B Harrier program manager, will manage people, processes and infrastructure associated with iRobot’s military systems program management competency. Both will report to Joseph Dyer (Ret. U.S. Navy Vice Admiral), executive vice president and general manager of iRobot’s Government & Industrial Robotics division. Sulka and White join iRobot at a time when the Company is actively growing this division through multiple projects, including a contract with the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems program to develop a next-generation small unmanned ground vehicle.

“Tom and Dan bring to iRobot detailed expertise in critical areas like defense acquisition, program management, operations and logistics,” said Dyer. “Their experience will be invaluable as we expand our division to meet the military’s rising demand for tactical and reconnaissance robots such as the PackBot®, which is already saving soldiers’ lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their talents will allow iRobot to fully engage in defense transformation and help develop a new robotics industry in the United States and abroad.”

Prior to joining iRobot, Sulka served for 26 years in the U.S. Army, completing service as a colonel and division director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served in a variety of domestic and international senior management positions including logistics command and operational planning. He also served at the Pentagon on the Department of the Army Staff and with NATO, where he planned and coordinated the execution of NATO logistics and political operations for the initial phase of Operation Joint Endeavor, the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords in the former Yugoslavia. In his new role as director of logistics within the Government & Industrial Robotics division, Sulka will spearhead advances that make products increasingly easy to support and maintain.

White joins iRobot with extensive experience in defense systems acquisition and development. He previously worked as director of the Weapons and Plans division with the Navy International Programs Office. Previously, he was assigned to the Naval Air Systems Command, where he served as the program manager for the AV-8B Harrier aircraft. During his tenure as program manager, the AV-8B achieved its lowest accident rate ever, with significant increases in readiness and war fighting capabilities to excel in combat commitments including Operation Enduring Freedom. At iRobot, he will help develop the tools and processes needed to effectively manage the Company’s growing role as a government contractor.

iRobot is best known in the military for setting the new standard in mobile, agile robotics for reconnaissance and other tactical applications. Its rugged PackBot robot can be hand-carried and deployed by a single soldier. PackBot has been used in thousands of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan to disarm roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices, and to search through potentially hostile caves and buildings for terrorists.

About iRobot
iRobot has a long commitment to building robotic products that make living safer and easier for people in many walks of life. Over the past 15 years, iRobot has developed and built innovative products for the military, government security agencies, law enforcement and the consumer marketplace. In 2003, co-founders Helen Greiner and Colin Angle were named Ernst & Young regional Entrepreneurs of the Year for their innovative work in technology. For additional information about iRobot, visit

Parna Sarkar
iRobot Corp.
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Elena Frigeri
A&R Partners for iRobot Corp.
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