Satellogic Announces Upcoming Appointment Of Six New Board Members
New appointments to Board of Directors will enhance Satellogic’s leadership and expertise as company prepares for public listing
Members to bring extensive relevant experience from NASA, Boeing, Google, Cloudera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Caterpillar and MercadoLibre
Satellogic, a leader in sub-meter resolution satellite imagery collection, announced the upcoming appointment of six new members to the company Board of Directors, collectively bringing decades of public company experience, technical expertise and commercial capabilities to guide the company through its public listing and beyond. The members, Jenette Ramos, Marcos Galperin, Brad Halverson, Dr. Dava Newman, Tarun Bhatnagar and Robert Bearden will join incoming Chairman Ted Wang and Satellogic CEO Emiliano Kargieman on the board, which will be effective upon the company’s upcoming public listing.
“These upcoming additions to our board have impressive backgrounds spanning astronautics, engineering, manufacturing, audit, scaling and public listing, and will help drive the company to its mission of democratizing access to geospatial data. We are grateful for their commitment to the company as we continue to build out our constellation of satellites to remap the entire surface of the Earth daily,” said Emiliano Kargieman, Satellogic CEO.
Jenette Ramos, former Senior Vice President in charge of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations at Boeing, will help steer the roll-out of Satellogic’s high-throughput manufacturing facility and roll out of the satellites. During her tenure at Boeing, Jenette was named the project manager of Boeing’s first environmental lab, and in 2017, Jenette was named Asian American Executive of the Year by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. She previously served on the board of the Nature Conservancy of Washington and the National Organization of Disability.
Marcos Galperin is the founder, CEO and Chairman of MercadoLibre, and will assist in guiding Satellogic as a publicly listed company through his experience listing MercadoLibre as the first Latin American technology company on the Nasdaq. Marcos co-founded MercadoLibre in 1999 while attending Stanford University and has managed the business for over 20 years. Marcos is the Chairman of the Board at Globant and serves as a board member at Televisa, Onappsis and Endeavor.
Brad Halverson is the former CFO of Caterpillar, and will chair the Audit Committee at Satellogic. He currently serves on the board of directors of Sysco Corporation, where he is the Lead Independent Director and chairs the Audit Committee. Under his leadership at Caterpillar, the company underwent a significant restructuring, emerging with a strong balance sheet and financial metrics. Prior to serving as CFO, Brad had served in various roles rising from a Staff Accountant to Vice President of the Financial Services Division.
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Dr. Dava Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a faculty member of Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences and Technology program. Dava will assist Satellogic with her deep experience with space exploration and building data products for machine learning purposes. Dava is the former deputy administrator at NASA, served as principal investigator on four spaceflight missions, and has authored more than 300 publications. She is also a founder of EarthDNA, a non-profit organization committed to implementing AI and machine learning for enhanced understanding of global metrics and accelerated positive change for global sustainability.
Tarun Bhatnagar, former VP of Payments at Google, joins the board with 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and will focus on developing Satellogic’s data as a service product. Tarun’s career journey has focused primarily on scaling businesses and he brings a deep product expertise to the board as Satellogic navigates the unique challenge of launching a completely new product to revolutionize an industry. In his role at Google, he was responsible for the Payments P&L across the US and led the ecosystems and partnerships teams for the region. Prior to that, Tarun was the VP of Geo Enterprise Business & Cloud Manufacturing Solutions, where he helped found Google’s Geo Enterprise offering.
Robert Bearden is Chief Executive Officer of Cloudera Inc. and will bring decades of industry experience in open source software to the Satellogic board. Rob will assist with the software licensing business and helping unite the vision and mission of the company with the strategy and underlying plan. Rob was the co-founder of Hortonworks, a publicly traded open-source company that merged with Cloudera in 2019, and also served as President and COO of SpringSource and COO of JBoss until its acquisition by Red Hat in 2006. He also serves as Chairman of the Board at Nlyte Software.
The new members will join incoming Chairman Ted Wang, partner at Cowboy Ventures, and former partner at Fenwick & West. Ted is also a board member of several other companies including Drata, Vic.ai, SVT Robotics and Contra. He, along with Satellogic CEO Emiliano Kargieman, will complete the eight-person Board of Directors.
These appointments will come as Satellogic lists as a public company through a proposed business combination with CF Acquisition Corp. V (Nasdaq: CFV) (“CFAC V”), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald. The transaction, which is expected to allow Satellogic to build out its constellation of satellites and maintain its position as a global leader in sub-meter imagery, is projected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. After closing, Satellogic will trade on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol “SATL.”
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