Heartland Robotics Hires New CEO

Heartland Robotics, the Cambridge, MA, firm founded by Rodney Brooks and backed by Jeff Bezos and Charles River Ventures, said today it has hired Scott Eckert as its new chief executive. Eckert, a former Dell executive and co-founder and CEO of Motion Computing, succeeds Heartland’s outgoing president, Patrick Sobalvarro. Heartland Robotics, which raised $7 million from Charles River Ventures and Seattle-based Bezos Expeditions last year, is developing a new class of robots for manufacturing applications based on research done by Brooks, the MIT roboticist and co-founder of Bedford, MA-based iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT).

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