Helen Greiner (born Dec. 6, 1967) is CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc, a startup company that acts as a “skunkworks” to design and deliver innovative robots. In 1990, she co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), which has become the global leader of mobile robots with the success of the Roomba™ Vacuuming Robot and the PackBot™ and SUGV Military Robots. Ms Greiner served as President of iRobot until 2004 and Chairman until October 2008. Specifically, she developed the strategy for and led iRobot’s entry into the military market place. At iRobot, she created a culture of practical innovation and delivery that led to the creation and deployment of the 6000 PackBots with our troops. She also ran iRobot’s financing projects which included raising $35M venture capital and a $75M initial public offering. Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT. She was presented with an honorary degree by WPI in 2009.
Helen is highly decorated for her visionary contributions in technology innovation and business leadership. She was named by the Kennedy School at Harvard in conjunction with the U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders and was honored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) with the prestigious Pioneer Award. She has also been honored as a Technology Review Magazine “Innovator for the Next Century” and has been awarded the DEMO God Award and DEMO Lifetime Achievement Award. She was named one of the Ernst and Young New England Entrepreneurs of the Year, invited to the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader of Tomorrow and Young Global Leader, and has been inducted in the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. Helen is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Museum Science (MOS), and on the Board of Visitors of the Army War College (AWC) and Army Science Board (ASB). Ms Greiner has served as the elected President and Board Member of the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC) and as Trustee of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).