Will Hetzler

Co-founder and the CEO at Zipline International Inc.

Will Hetzler is a Co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer at Zipline International Inc., which builds and operates drone delivery systems for global health customers. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Zipline team consists of engineers and professionals from aerospace, robotics, and global health who are committed to improving access to healthcare. Some of the smartest investors in the world back Zipline, including: Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Paul Allen, Jerry Yang, and Stanford University.

A Harvard-trained economist, Will graduated with Honors. He began his career as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman, where he focused on the aerospace industry. Will advised the world’s leading aerospace companies on a breadth of topics, including: asset and growth strategy, statistical and reliability modeling, technical sourcing, supply chain, and risk management.

As COO at Zipline, Will’s responsibilities span supply chain and production, business development, government and regulatory affairs, and global operations. He leads the company’s work in Africa, and established Zipline’s partnership with the Government of Rwanda. Will’s aviation industry experience and passion for global health make him uniquely suited to lead deployments of Zipline’s transformative drone delivery systems around the world.

Find him on Twitter @Will_Hetzler