2016 Engineering Leader Under 40: Simon Drexler, 32
Simon Drexler, 32
Director, Industrial Solutions; OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath, Kitchener, Ontario
B.SC, University of Waterloo
MBA, Wilfred Laurier University
Prior to Clearpath, Drexler worked at ATS Automation. Over a span of 8 years, he managed the execution of multi-faceted industrial automation programs for some of the world’s largest companies with project teams exceeding 70 people and operating 24/7. At Clearpath, Drexler leads the evolution of the OTTO industrial product line by overseeing the market strategy, product development roadmap, and program execution. His mission is to provide efficiency-driven operators focused on growth, with premium intelligent materials handling systems that will yield a greater ROI than anything else on the market. Upon the launch of the OTTO 1500 self-driving vehicle, Drexler championed the design and engineering of the patent-pending LED light system. Most recently, Drexler was named Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s Pro to Know for 2016. Outside of his work at OTTO Motors, Drexler volunteers his time as a business analyst to mentor budding entrepreneurs at a Canadian-based start-up incubator. He also enjoys ice hockey, mountain biking, and is currently training to participate in Tough Mudder.