Wrap Technologies Announces Tom Smith as Interim CEO

Marc Thomas to Become Chief Government Affairs Officer

Tempe, Arizona, UNITED STATES

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wrap Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:WRTC) today announced that its board of directors named Tom Smith, as its Interim CEO, effective October 27, 2020.  Marc Thomas stepped down from the CEO role, and has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Government Affairs Officer.

"We are very excited for Tom to assume the additional responsibilities of Interim CEO as we continue to execute on our mission,” said Scot Cohen, Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our goal is to have remote restraint become standard for every police officer worldwide. With 27 years of industry experience, Tom energizes the entire organization and knows the industry extremely well.” Cohen continued, “Marc’s background, skills and passion will help drive change within government entities in this new role during these unprecedented times. As a White House Fellow with an exemplary military background and legislative experience, Marc’s ability to work with government leaders will enhance our position with police and security forces adoption of our technology and training which de-escalates conflict."

"Our company takes great pride in serving our stakeholders, communities and people who protect us daily,” said Tom Smith, Interim CEO and President. “Now more than ever, collaboration between communities and law enforcement is needed. The BolaWrap, through our technology and training, fills an important void for law enforcement agencies that de-escalates without using pain compliance tools during the apprehension process. Our time is now, and my top priority is to continue to ramp growth. We are still in the early stages with an enormous opportunity ahead of us. I thank Scot and the rest of the board for the opportunity and privilege to lead this team,” concluded Smith.


As announced on October 15, 2020, the Company will host its 3Q earnings call via a live Zoom video webcast for investors and other interested parties beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today (Thursday, October 29, 2020). The call will be hosted by Tom Smith, interim CEO, Jim Barnes, CFO, and Paul Manley, VP of Investor Relations.

WEBCAST LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4KF5MDTcQDu8TTXUSLjwoA

Participants may access the live webcast by visiting the Company’s Investor Relations page at www.wraptechnologies.com. A webcast replay of the call will be available on the Company’s Investor Relations page within 24 hours of the live call ending.

About Wrap Technologies

Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The Company’s BolaWrap 100 product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to restrain an individual at a distance from 10 to 25 feet. Developed by award winning inventor Elwood Norris, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer, the small but powerful BolaWrap 100 assists law enforcement in safely and effectively deescalating encounters, especially those involving an individual in crisis. BolaWrap 100 has already been used to safely apprehend suspects without injury in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Fresno, Bell, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, West Palm Beach, Fort Worth, and Oak Ridge. For information on the Company, please visit www.wraptechnologies.com.

Trademark Information

BolaWrap and Wrap are trademarks of WRAP Technologies, Inc. All other trade names used herein are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.

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Investors and Media:
Paul M. Manley
Vice President of Investor Relations
(612) 834-1804