iRobot CRO Habbaba exits, secures severance package

Must read

In a recent development, iRobot Corp . (NASDAQ:) announced the immediate departure of Chief Research and Development Officer Faris Habbaba on Monday. The robotic technology company, known for its automated home cleaning products, disclosed the terms of a Separation Agreement with Mr. Habbaba which includes a six-month severance payment totaling $207,500, to be paid in installments aligned with the company’s regular payroll schedule.

Additionally, the agreement outlines that should Mr. Habbaba opt for COBRA continuation coverage, iRobot will contribute to his healthcare insurance premiums for up to six months. As part of the arrangement, Mr. Habbaba has agreed to a general release of claims in favor of iRobot and to adhere to certain post-employment restrictive covenants.

This executive change comes at a time when iRobot continues to innovate in the field of home robotics. While the company has not yet named a successor, the departure of a key figure in research and development may signal a period of transition for iRobot’s strategic direction.

The details of the Separation Agreement were provided in an 8K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which includes the complete agreement as Exhibit 10.1. This filing offers transparency into the terms of Mr. Habbaba’s departure and the benefits he will receive.

In other recent news, iRobot Corp. reported an unexpected Q1 earnings beat, with an adjusted EPS of -$1.53, surpassing the consensus estimate of -$1.87. Despite a slight decrease in revenue to $150 million from $160.3 million in the same quarter of the previous year, the company’s financial performance exceeded Wall Street’s forecast of $152.74 million. These results follow the company’s restructuring plan and a workforce reduction by 30%.

In addition to these financial developments, iRobot recently appointed Gary Cohen as its new CEO. Cohen’s expertise in global consumer product companies and his previous roles at Gillette, Timex, and Energizer are expected to drive growth and profitability for iRobot.

Another key development was the failed attempt by Amazon (NASDAQ:) to acquire iRobot for $1.4 billion, a merger that was blocked by both European and U.S. antitrust regulators. This decision has prompted an inquiry by the House Oversight Committee into the FTC’s collaboration with the European Commission.

In terms of product developments, iRobot launched the Roomba Combo Essential robot vacuum, an affordable 2-in-1 vacuum and mop. This product launch coincides with iRobot’s announcement of having sold over 50 million robots globally.

This article was generated with the support of AI and reviewed by an editor. For more information see our T&C.

More articles

Latest article