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An open letter from Xavier Orr, CEO Advanced Navigation

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By Xavier Orr

After nearly 13 years with Advanced Navigation, I have made the difficult decision to retire as Co-CEO. While it comes with a heavy heart, I will be taking time off to focus on a family health matter.

In 2012, Chris Shaw and I started the company from a garage in Subiaco, Western Australia. Between working the floor of our first tradeshow to being trusted by many of the world’s largest companies, it’s been an incredible journey.

Today, our AI-based inertial navigation has progressed into several deep technology fields including underwater acoustics, photonics, robotics and quantum-enhanced sensing. Our navigation technologies guide autonomous vehicles, aerial drones, marine vessels and our underwater drone is supporting high-res data gathering.

We will also be one of the first Australian companies to reach the moon. Together with the team, we’ve created memories I will never forget.

I am immensely proud of what Chris and I have achieved together and am confident in the company’s bright future ahead.

Chris will continue to lead our talented team as CEO, guiding them toward even greater heights, while I remain dedicated to Advanced Navigation’s success and growth as a Board Director and advisor.

To our remarkable team and valued stakeholders, thank you for your unwavering support during this time.

While I step back to focus on the health of my family, I look forward to contributing to the engineering community in the future.

Further reading:
Towards 3% R&D – Reach for the Moon to innovate by Xavier Orr
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Picture: Xavier Orr, left and Chris Shaw

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