Our Leadership

Management Team

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David Bannon

President & CEO

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David Bannon

President & CEO

David has positioned Headwall as a worldwide provider of instrument-based spectral sensing solutions that touch many aspects of daily life. From precision agriculture and industrial food inspection to critical areas such as homeland security and military reconnaissance, David has helped bring the science of spectral imaging to new application areas and geographical regions.

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Don Battistoni

Vice President Sales & Marketing

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Don Battistoni

Vice President Sales & Marketing

Don is responsible for leading and developing Headwall’s commercial organization, driving customer engagement strategy. He brings more than 25 years of successful leadership in recruiting, developing, and managing worldwide sales teams, most recently serving as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Marketing & Service at Zygo® Corporation. Don helped guide Zygo through its acquisition by AMETEK®, Inc., and with his leadership, the company set records for revenues and profitability.

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David Blair

Vice President Product Development

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David Blair

Vice President Product Development

David brings experience with government, commercial, and international customers through the delivery of high-technology products from prototypes to full-rate production. He has over 15 years of experience with mixed-model manufacturing, partnership with customers and suppliers, and a hands-on approach to leadership. Prior to joining Headwall, David was the Director of Operations for BAE Systems’ threat countermeasures product line.

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Michael Mielke

Vice President Engineering

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Michael Mielke

Vice President Engineering

Dr. Michael Mielke leads the R&D of spectral imaging solutions for end users and OEMs. Previously, he was CTO at Iradion Laser, Inc., Director of Engineering at Lumentum (NASDAQ: LITE), Program Manager at TRUMPF, and Chief Scientist at Raydiance (acquired by Coherent in 2015). Dr. Mielke has been awarded 21 patents, has published more than 20 refereed articles, and has performed more than 50 technical presentations at major interdisciplinary conferences. He has also served as General Chair for CLEO and Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. He earned his BS in Physics from the University of Florida and his PhD in Optics from CREOL at the University of Central Florida.

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Jim Gennari

Director of Finance

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Jim Gennari

Director of Finance

Jim brings more than 20 years of high technology industry management experience to Headwall Photonics. Prior to joining the Company, Jim was CFO of Industrial Defender, a leading provider of cyber security solutions for control systems in the oil and gas, utility and chemical industries, until its sale in 2014 to Lockheed Martin. Jim started his career in public accounting at KPMG, specializing in manufacturing and high-tech industries.

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Christian Felsheim

Director of Headwall EMEA

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Christian Felsheim

Director of Headwall EMEA

Christian joined Headwall as Business Development and OEM Account Manager for the European region with a focus on expanding sales and solidifying customer relationships across the region. Since then, he has been the driving force behind the recent successful introduction of the MV.X Advanced Machine Vision camera that is helping transform Headwall’s powerful technology into intuitive solutions that directly provide actionable data.

Board of Directors

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David Bannon

Chairman

David has positioned Headwall as a worldwide provider of instrument-based spectral sensing solutions that touch many aspects of daily life. From precision agriculture and industrial food inspection to critical areas such as homeland security and military reconnaissance, David has helped bring the science of spectral imaging to new application areas and geographical regions.

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Melba Crawford

Associate Dean of Engineering for Research, Purdue University

Dr. Crawford is a leading expert in the field of remote sensing and agronomy at Purdue University. Her focus is primarily on data analysis and image classification for agricultural applications. With experience working with imaging sensors deployed on satellites and UAVs, Dr. Crawford has a very distinguished track record of teaching the science of remote sensing while also successfully deploying the technology across her fields of study.

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Chris Calling

Chris has more than 25 years in the Photonics industry, including leading the sales and marketing functions at Andor Technology and growing the business from pre-revenue to over $150M globally. Chris also helps shape the growth and direction of Headwall's commercial business. Chris currently lives in North Carolina where he and his wife are heavily involved in the sports and hospitality field.

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Larry Barstow

Headwall Co-Founder. Larry was the General Manager of Agilent’s Holographic Grating Operation when he co-founded Headwall Photonics. Larry contributes over 30 years of Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing experience with state-of-the-art medical and optical products.