Leading The Way
Meet Velodyne's leadership team.
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David Hall, Founder & CEO
David Hall, founder and Chief Executive Officer, is the technology visionary behind Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. Hall built his first amplifier at the age of four and has been developing groundbreaking products ever since. In 1983, he introduced a revolutionary technology in subwoofer design, which served as the driving force behind the ULD-18. It incorporated a patented, accelerometer-based High Gain Servo System to control woofer cone movement. The ULD series was the first of many acclaimed subwoofer series over the past 30 years. Hall is equally comfortable writing computer code as he is at working in a machine shop.
Hall has continued his role as visionary, working tirelessly to bring his creative ideas to life. In addition to audio technology, he continues to pioneer the laser imaging space that many of the autonomous vehicles use today. He is currently developing self-stabilizing marine technology.
Hall graduated from Case Western Reserve University with B.S. in engineering. He is the father of three children and still enjoys a love for cycling and motorcycles. Hall continues to hold the world runner-up robot war championship title.
Marty Neese, COO
Marty Neese, Chief Operating Officer at Velodyne LiDAR, has over 25 years of experience in deploying and managing research and development, supply chain, and global manufacturing operations. At Velodyne, his focus is on ramping up Velodyne's production and overseeing global operations as the company cements its leadership position in the development and production of LiDAR sensors that provide 3D vision for industrial applications, UAVs, and a rapidly expanding autonomous vehicle industry.
Marty's responsibilities include high-volume manufacturing at Velodyne's Megafactory in San Jose, CA, which is expected to produce more than one million LiDAR sensors by 2018. He will also oversee operations at the Velodyne Labs R&D facility, existing corporate and production facilities in Morgan Hill, and new or expanding sales offices in Northern California, the Midwest, East Coast, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to joining Velodyne LiDAR in February of 2017, Marty was COO at a SunPower Corp., where he led operations across four continents that supplied over 30 countries with solar energy product solutions. Previous to that, he managed manufacturing, operations, and supply chain at various electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, including Flextronics, Solectron, and Jabil.
Marty is passionate about the need to address climate change, environmental degradation, and energy security, a commitment that has influenced his career at SunPower and Velodyne. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his MBA from the University of Florida.
Mike Jellen, President & CCO
Mike Jellen, President & Chief Commercial Officer of Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. is a seasoned industrial automation executive with extensive global growth and manufacturing experience. As President and CCO, Jellen is responsible for overseeing all daily sales business operations of Velodyne.
Jellen has over a twenty year history in robotics software and automation business, which supports his drive for deep understanding of autonomous vehicle customer requirements. With his attention to growth and rigorous business process improvement, Jellen has accelerated Velodyne, from a market leading innovator with recognized customers worldwide, to a sophisticated organization known for industry-leading business practices.
Jellen earned a BSEE in electrical engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from Boston University and specializes in business and engineering executive leadership in the US, EU, China, Japan and Korea. Jellen served most recently as Vice President of Adept Technology, Pleasanton, Calif., a leader in robotics and vision technology. Prior to Adept, Jellen worked 10 years with Danaher Corporation in successive roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President & General Manager, Vehicle Systems Business in Stockholm, Sweden. As GM, Jellen oversaw a $100 million business with sales, marketing, R&D and operations in the U.S., the European Union and China. Earlier posts within Danaher included Vice President, Asia; Vice President, Strategic Accounts and Controls; and General Manager, Technology Business.
Marta Thoma Hall, President of Business Development
Marta Thoma Hall has previously held the position of President of Velodyne since 2011, now steps into her role as President of New Business Development for LiDAR. She brings a passion for art and design that has been honed over the years through her many celebrated public art installations, solo fine art exhibitions, and awards. As a nationally recognized public artist, her sculptures can be viewed in cities and towns across the country. Hall has managed her own art business for thirty years and her work has taken her to New York, London, South America, and Asia.
In her role at Velodyne, Hall oversees the marketing design and new business development of LiDAR as the company expands into new markets and new territories. She has brought her aesthetic and love of fine art to Velodyne's celebrated and legendary technology.
Hall graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in fine arts. She learned extensively about economics from her father, who was a Professor of Economics at the University of Tehran.
Anand Gopalan, CTO
Anand Gopalan is Velodyne LiDAR's Chief Technology Officer. In this capacity he is responsible for developing ASIC technology that will power Velodyne's next generation LIDAR products.
Anand is a seasoned semiconductor executive with experience building and leading world-wide engineering organizations for the development of products in consumer, networking and enterprise domains. He has grown and managed organizations through deep and dynamic business model transitions and successfully delivered on a wide array of high-speed mixed signal, optical and RF products.
Anand comes to Velodyne from Rambus where he was the VP of Engineering responsible for all chip and IP development activities for the Memory and Interfaced Division. In that capacity he was responsible for a global engineering team spread across multiple locations in North America and India that developed a variety of IP and products for Tier 1 ASIC and OEM customers. Prior to Rambus Anand spear-headed world-wide analog/Mixed signal design at Megachips Inc.
Anand holds a BE degree in Electronics from Mumbai University as well as MS and PhD from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Electrical engineering and Microsystems engineering.
Bob Brown, CFO
Bob Brown is the Chief Financial Officer at Velodyne LiDAR, responsible for the company's financial strategy as it scales manufacturing capacity and drives worldwide growth. Bob brings with him a deep understanding of market forces gained over a 30+ year career in the hardware and semiconductor sectors.
Before joining Velodyne LiDAR in August of 2017, Bob was Executive Vice President and CFO of VeriSilicon, a provider of ASICs, semiconductor design services, and IP licensing, where he established strong financial practices and helped drive the company’s growth and acquisition strategy. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Cadence Design Systems, where he managed all M&A activity, equity investments, and inbound IP licensing. Prior to Cadence, Bob was Vice President and Treasurer at LSI Corporation (acquired by Avago Technologies), where he led the Treasury, Tax, and Corporate Development functions. Earlier roles included VP, Financial Planning, and Treasurer at GetThere (IPO on Nasdaq; acquired by Sabre) and various finance positions at HP.
Bob earned his Bachelors in Finance from Miami University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.
Frank Blohm, Vice President of Operations and Supply Chains
Frank Blohm is Vice President of Operations and Supply Chains at Velodyne LiDAR. He is a dynamic leader and change agent who brings over 25 years of experience running manufacturing, operations, and supply chains for companies like Extreme Networks, Lucent Technologies, Octel Communications, and Sanmina. At Frank's most recent position, Extreme Networks, he was the Executive Vice President of Operations and responsible for supply chain, SI&OP, manufacturing, operations, services, sales operations, real estate, IT, quality, corporate services, and business process transformation. With his extensive background, Frank will help Velodyne deliver on its operations and rapid growth plans for the HDL32, HDL64 and VLP16 product families.
Frank received his Supply Chain Certification from San Jose State University and he is an active member of APICs and ISM. Frank has a passion for boating and spends his spare time on his jet boat.
Alex Korzh, General Counsel
Alex Korzh joined Velodyne as General Counsel where he is responsible for all legal functions including intellectual property, contracts, employment and litigation. Alex has experience working on these issues with technology companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to joining Velodyne, Alex was a commercial and intellectual property litigator at Hopkins & Carley in San Jose, CA. In that role, Alex litigated numerous patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and commercial cases for technology companies in both state and federal courts leading to many successful resolutions through settlements and favorable Court rulings. Alex has also prosecuted patents for several technology companies and helped them implement and develop their patent and intellectual property strategies. He also has experience drafting and negotiating various commercial agreements.
Alex has an Electrical Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.