Kingsley Gate Partners Places CEO at PrecisionHawk

DALLAS, TX, January 25, 2017 — Kingsley Gate Partners today announced that Michael Chasen has been placed as CEO at PrecisionHawk located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Chasen will report to the Board of Directors and will also hold a seat on the Board.

“Michael is an ideal fit for the CEO role at PrecisionHawk,” said Bill Trau, senior partner at Kingsley Gate Partners, who led the search. Michael brings the right blend of disruptive technology experience, fundraising and ability to forge a company culture. His expertise in building companies from start-up and early stage will be a significant benefit for PrecisonHawk as they continue to scale.” Kingsley Gate Partners is very proud to have partnered with PrecisionHawk on this search.

Prior to joining PrecisionHawk, Michael served as CEO and co-Founder of SocialRadar, a company focused on the mobile location services space. He also co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1997 and led the company as CEO for 15 years, including the IPO, as well as the acquisition of over 22 competitors and add-on technologies. He successfully sold Blackboard to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion in 2011. Michael is also an investor and advisor to several start-up ventures and mature companies across the technology spectrum.

Ken Green, member of the CEO search committee for PrecisionHawk, said “We all believe that the hiring of Michael has the potential to be a transcendent moment in PrecisionHawk’s evolution.”

PrecisionHawk was founded in 2011 and is the leading information delivery company that combines unmanned aerial systems, remote sensing technologies and advanced data analytics to improve business operations and day-to-day decision making. PrecisionHawk brings value to an emerging market by offering an end-to-end solution for aerial data gathering, processing and analysis to provide actionable information across a wide range of data-intensive civilian industries. PrecisionHawk also owns aerial data software, DataMapper, satellite imagery provider, Terraserver, and the Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety platform for drones, LATAS. For more information, visit their website at

About Kingsley Gate Partners

Designed for the digital world, retained global executive search firm Kingsley Gate Partners leverages its deep industry insights, vast search experience and state-of-the-art technology to bring transparency and faster results to the search process. Through its industry-leading, multi-phase evaluation process, the firm’s search partners deliver the right candidates to meet the needs of discerning clients. Headquartered in Dallas, the partnership employs consultants and recruiters worldwide with expertise in private equity, life sciences, technology, manufacturing and professional services.

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