Mark Aitken has been appointed by DJI as its new director of US legislative affairs.
Joining the manufacturer’s Washington D.C-based advocacy team, Aitken will be responsible for helping ensure America can take full advantage of the benefits of drones.
Assuming the role to aid DJI with legislative affairs on Friday, Aitken commented: “I am very excited to join the DJI team to help lead its federal legislative advocacy.”
Adding: “DJI sets the standard for developing thoughtful and responsible approaches to integrating drones into the airspace, so all drone users can do amazing things with drones while keeping safety as their highest priority. I look forward to building on that legacy and enhancing the use of DJI’s technology as drone laws and regulations evolve.”
Prior to joining DJI, Aitken was senior policy advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he served on NASA’s Urban Air Mobility Strategic Advisory Group and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council’s UAS Security Working Group.
He was also previously director of government relations at AUVSI.
Brendan Schulman, DJI vice president of policy and legal affairs, commented: “Mark is widely known and respected in the industry as a passionate and effective advocate for drone stakeholders.”
“He has outstanding knowledge of drone legislative issues and will be a strong collaborator with lawmakers on proactive policy solutions that enable and protect the innovative drone uses of today and tomorrow. We are delighted to expand our public policy team in the United States by having Mark join us.”