Planet announces public board of directors with addition of Niccolo de Masi
We are happy to share that Niccolo de Masi, Director of dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV, will join our board after our IPO!
Earlier this year, Planet entered into a definitive merger agreement with dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV (NYSE: DMYQ), a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), to become a publicly traded company. The addition of Mr. de Masi provides another accomplished expert to Planet’s board of directors to help us grow after our IPO under the symbol PL on the New York Stock Exchange, and complements Planet’s planned board of directors for our transition to a company opened.
M. de Masi will join recent additions Ita Brennan (CFO, Arista Networks) and Vijaya Gadde (Chief Legal Officer, Twitter). These three leaders join the four permanent members of the board of directors of Planet Carl Bass (former CEO, Autodesk), Heidi Roizen (partner, Threshold Ventures); and Planet founders Will Marshall and Robbie Schingler, providing extensive expertise in technology, operations and government procurement at this important time in Planet’s history.
In his career, Niccolo de Masi has completed over 25 mergers and acquisitions and served on the boards of nine public companies. He currently sits on the boards of three companies that have also gone public with PSPCs within the dMY Technology Group, including Rush Street Interactive, Genius Sports Group and IonQ. His wealth of experience in IPOs of companies will be a vital asset to Planet in our critical next steps. With a deep understanding of the potential of Planet’s products, Mr. de Masi will provide invaluable insight as we become one of the leading data-as-a-service providers for Earth Observation data.
âNiccolo has an exceptional talent for bringing companies to the stock market and we have learned a lot by working closely with him over the past year. Niccolo immediately saw Planet for its full value as a data subscription business with a large market and huge sustainability implications. With Ita, Vijaya and now Niccolo joining Carl, Heidi, Robbie and I, our board of directors will have all the skills and experience needed for an open company, âsaid Will Marshall, CEO and Co-Founder of Planet.
Mr. de Masi brings a wide range of skills and knowledge to the Planet Board with a proven track record in high tech and mobile products. Additionally, he has extensive expertise in building software-to-hardware ecosystems, which will prove crucial as we significantly expand our user-friendly terrestrial data platform and advance our satellite technology in the years to come. With the finalization of our SPAC process, Planet will bring together the resources needed to further accelerate their operational growth and deliver vital data sets for global economic transformation.
âI believe in Planet’s ability to not only change the space industry, but also to change the way all of our economies represent resources, goods and services around the world. By going public, Planet will have the ability to reach its full potential, providing critical information about the Earth, automated detection of changes and unparalleled amounts of Big Earth data to the world. I am delighted to be part of this team, âsaid Niccolo de Masi.
Mr. de Masi holds a BA and an M.Sci in Physics from the University of Cambridge and has held senior management positions in a number of mobile phone companies including Glu Mobile, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLUU) (“Glu”) and Essential Products. , Inc. He worked for over 10 years at Glu, a leading developer and publisher of video games for mobile phones. As the former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of Glu, he was instrumental in developing the company’s freemium gaming model and launching some of the first mobile virtual and augmented reality experiences. in the world. Prior to Glu, he was President and CEO of Hands-On Mobile, CEO of Monstermob Group PLC (formerly LSE: MOB) and was a member of the board of directors of Xura, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: MESG) and Resideo Technologies , Inc. (NYSE: REZI).