We’re growing! Planet Labs is excited to welcome three new members to our executive team: David Oppenheimer, Chief Financial Officer; Andy Wild, Chief Revenue Officer; and Karthik Govindhasamy, SVP Spacecraft Engineering. All three are key additions for us as we expand our satellite constellation and imagery dataset, sign more customer contracts, and mature our software platform.
David Oppenheimer is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience leading financial organizations at a diverse set of companies. Notably as a serial CFO, David has navigated several startups through the IPO process, mergers, and acquisitions. “It’s an exciting time to join Planet. We’re an innovative enterprise with a growing imagery archive, the largest constellation of earth-imaging satellites ever, and a unique product offering. I’m diving right in and look forward to the company’s future expansion.”
Andy Wild joins as CRO to head Planet’s Sales team. His deep experience in sales execution and driving SaaS businesses will drive the company’s top line performance. For over 25 years, he’s held senior positions at global technology companies and served on advisory boards. “Planet’s creating a radical, new, global dataset that has the potential to expand–and even redefine–a broad variety of markets from financial services to agriculture. I’m thrilled to work with such a talented, committed team building a truly game changing company.”
Karthik Govindhasamy comes to Planet as a seasoned engineering executive, with over 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. Previously, Karthik was Head of Engineering for Nokia’s Connected Devices where he successfully launched Nokia’s first Windows tablet for worldwide distribution, and at Microsoft, he led the development of the Surface product line. “I was naturally drawn to Planet’s bold vision of imaging the Earth everyday. Planet’s a mission-driven organization that’s changing the way spacecraft are designed, manufactured and operated. I’m thrilled to lead this talented team of Spacecraft engineers.”
I’m personally very excited to welcome all three execs. Since I joined about a year ago, Planet’s headcount (and satellite constellation) has almost doubled in size. And now we have the executive-level firepower to match.