Axon Appoints New Board Members

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 15, 2023 ~ Axon, the global public safety technology leader, has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors. Erika Ayers, CEO of Barstool Sports, Graham Smith, former Salesforce executive and Jeri Williams, former Phoenix Police Department Chief of Police will join the board effective June 1st and March 16th respectively.

Axon CEO and founder Rick Smith expressed his excitement for the new additions to the board. "It's an honor to welcome Ms. Ayers, Mr. Smith and Chief Williams to Axon's board and we look forward to their contributions as we continue to innovate through technology and create solutions for safety that can help protect life," said Smith. "They each bring a diverse set of skills and expertise and can provide meaningful counsel as Axon continues its rapid growth."

Erika Ayers is ranked one of the most influential executives in digital innovation, sports, entertainment and lifestyle media. She currently serves as the CEO of Barstool Sports and has a proven track record of transforming start-up organizations into multi-industry operations. "Axon is a company at the intersection of community, technology and safety," said Ms. Ayers. "I believe in their mission to substantially reduce gun-related deaths between police and the public in the U.S., and I am looking forward to helping them in a board capacity."

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Graham Smith brings over 25 years of financial leadership experience from his time at Salesforce where he served as Chief Financial Officer. His leadership helped grow Salesforce from $750 million in revenue to over $5 billion. "Axon is in a unique position to continue bringing innovation forward that improves outcomes between law enforcement and communities through the use of technology," said Mr. Smith. "It's a privilege to contribute leadership and business guidance to a company with such a commitment to a key issue in our society."

Chief Jeri Williams brings over 30 years of law enforcement leadership experience from her time as Phoenix Police Department Chief from 2016-2022 where she advanced progressive strategies within the department regarding community engagement, professional standards, mental health resources for all police employees among other initiatives. "With a deep passion in my career for protecting life, I am honored to join Axon's board," said Chief Jeri Williams. "Having hands-on experience with Axon products and services, I believe they are revolutionizing the public safety space bringing connected solutions and less-lethal technologies that can change the way we keep communities safe for the better."

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The addition of these three talented individuals will be an asset for Axon as they aim for their moonshot goal to cut gun-related deaths between police and public by 50% in 10 years in U.S., while executing on their overall global mission - protect life through public safety technology solutions. With these appointments Axon will have nine independent directors on its board now
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