Preparing to Scale, Planet Welcomes Kevin Weil as President, Product and Business
It’s with great pleasure that I announce that Kevin Weil is joining Planet as President of Product and Business.
Planet had its best year yet in 2020 and we’re growing quickly! With nearly 200 satellites in orbit, our imagery tells a story of accelerating change around the world. Planet’s business is built around selling data and analytics that help customers make better decisions. It’s always been our vision to bring the efficiency and scalability of software to the Earth Observation sector. So it’s a delight that our business increasingly looks like that of a software company, with product features driven by software advances that deliver value on top of our satellite data. As Planet accelerates as a data and analytics company, we’re bringing on top Silicon Valley software talent to add to Planet’s team. Which brings me to Kevin.
Kevin is a proven leader with a track record of leading software and data product organizations through hyper-growth, and delivering market-making customer solutions — a mindset and body of experience that aligns perfectly with Planet’s high-growth business objectives.
Kevin has built and scaled teams and products at the world’s fastest growing and most consequential companies. Kevin was one of Twitter’s first 50 employees and ultimately became its SVP of Product, leading its consumer, developer, and monetization products as the company went public and scaled to over $2bn in revenue. After Twitter, Kevin led Product and Analytics for Instagram, overseeing consumer and revenue products as the company grew from 400 million to more than 1 billion users. Finally and most recently, Kevin joins us from Facebook, where he co-founded the payment system Diem and was VP of Product for Novi, a digital wallet for the Diem network.
In this President role, Kevin will be responsible for Planet’s go-to-market strategy, bringing together Product, Software Engineering, Sales and Marketing teams to optimize alignment as we build and deliver our suite of advanced geospatial products and solutions to customers.
“Never before has Planet’s vision—to use space to help life on Earth—been more important,” said Kevin Weil. “The world is changing at an accelerating pace, and Planet’s Earth imaging satellites along with its data and analytics products make that change visible, accessible, and actionable for customers in over 100 countries. You can’t improve what you don’t measure, and that goes for the Earth too. I’m humbled to join Planet and work alongside this impressive team.”
Kevin’s outside commitments highlight his belief in Planet’s mission. As an avid supporter of conservation and sustainability with an interest in geopolitics, he serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kevin would be a strong addition to any of the world’s leading tech companies, and we’re honored that Kevin chose Planet for his next adventure. He will start at Planet in April and we’re excited to welcome him!