Nov. 9 2020 08:18 AM

Hiten Sonpal will lead the company’s product and software engineering functions.

Dallas-based Robin Autopilot USA, a provider in the growing North American robotic mower and lawn maintenance market, named Hiten Sonpal as its chief product and strategy officer. Sonpal will lead Robin Autopilot’s product and software engineering functions and will oversee the company’s new investments and ongoing innovation efforts.

Sonpal has a background as a leader in global product development, technological innovation and engineering for the home robotics industry. He spent more than 15 years with iRobot, where he held several leadership roles in engineering, directed investments that advanced innovation at the company, and led efforts to decrease time to market. His most recent position was leader of iRobot’s lawn care program. Sonpal also is the founder of ParaMow/Outwork Robots. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Evansville and is earning a master’s degree in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

“Hiten will help guide Robin Autopilot’s efforts to be the technology leader in developing solutions for the growing robotic mowing industry, as we continue to develop our products and technology platform to accelerate adoption of robotic mowing within the U.S. and bring the benefits of autonomous mowing to our landscaping customers,” says Robin Autopilot CEO Logan Fahey. “With his broad experience in designing complex products, implementing organizational improvements and building exceptional teams, Hiten will be a strong addition to our team.”