Chairman of the Board
Carl Bass has served as Velo3D's chairman of the board of directors since July 2018. He is a board member for public technology companies and has held multiple executive roles in the technology industry. Mr. Bass has served as the lead independent director of Zendesk Inc., a customer service software company, since 2016, where he is the chair of its compensation committee, and as a director at Box, Inc., a cloud software company, since May 2020. Mr. Bass also serves on the board of directors of other technology companies, including Arris Composites, Built Robotics, Bright Machines, Formlabs, nTopology and Planet Labs. Previously, Mr. Bass served as the president and chief executive officer at Autodesk, Inc., a software company, from 2006 to February 2017. Mr. Bass spent 24 years at Autodesk, where he held other executive positions, including chief technology officer and chief operating officer. Prior to Autodesk, Mr. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software and Buzzsaw.com (both acquired by Autodesk). In the last five years, Mr. Bass served on the board of directors of Autodesk and Hewlett-Packard, a provider of software and technology. He also served on the board of E2open, Inc., a software company, from July 2011 until March 2015 when it was acquired by Insight Venture Partners. Mr. Bass serves on the board of trustees of the California College of the Arts and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. Mr. Bass has a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Benny Buller is Velo3D's founder and has served as Velo3D's Chief Executive Officer and a member of Velo3D's board of directors since June 2014. From April 2012 to June 2014, Mr. Buller was an investor at Khosla Ventures, a venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Buller worked at Applied Materials, a semiconductor company, Solyndra, Inc., an energy company, and First Solar, a solar company, where he founded the device physics team. Mr. Buller holds a B.Sc. in Physics and a M.Sc. in Applied Physics from Jerusalem University. He also holds an M.Sc. in Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
William McCombe has served as Velo3D's Chief Financial Officer since August 2020. Mr. McCombe was previously the Chief Financial Officer at HZO, a company specializing in nanocoatings for electronics, from November 2018 to August 2020. Before that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Maxar Technologies, a space technology company, from October 2017 to February 2018, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Maxar Holdings from July 2016 to October 2017 and as Senior Vice President, Finance and Legal at Space Systems Loral (SSL), a division of Maxar Technologies, from 2014 until July 2016. He also previously worked as a Managing Director in investment banking at Bank of America, and before that at Morgan Stanley. Mr. McCombe has a LL.B. (Honours) in law and BComm in commerce from the University of Melbourne and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Michael Idelchik has served as a member of Velo3D's board of directors since July 2021. Mr. Idelchick spent 38 years at General Electric ("GE"), a multinational energy conglomerate, across several business units, culminating in his role as Vice President of Advanced Technology of GE Global Research, the research and development division of GE, for which he served for over a decade until 2017. Mr. Idelchik also serves as a member on a number of boards, including those of Singapore's National Research Foundation, Columbia Engineering and Ellis Medicine. Mr. Idelchik received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a Master's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stefan Krause has served as a member of Velo3D's board of directors since February 2021. He was the founder and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Canoo, an electric car company, from December 2017 to May 2020. He has served on two DAX Company Management Boards from May 2002 until December 2015. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Bank AG and had held positions of increasing seniority at BMW AG, an automotive company, that began in 1987, where he eventually served as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Krause has served on many boards of public companies in Europe and the U.S. Mr. Krause holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration and Management from the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg.
Ellen Smith has served as a member of Velo3D's board of directors since July 2021. Ms. Smith has served as the Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm, since May 2013, and has more than 30 years of operational experience. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Smith was the Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President at National Grid, a multinational electricity and gas utility company. Ms. Smith served on the board of Sunrun Inc. from November 2019 to June 2021 and Vivint Solar, Inc. (now a wholly owned subsidiary of Sunrun Inc.) from March 2019 to November 2019. Ms. Smith has served as a trustee of Union College since 2010. Ms. Smith holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S.E. in Power Systems from Union College.
Gabrielle Toledano has served as a member of Velo3D's board of directors since July 2021. Since January 2020, Ms. Toledano has served as Chief Operating Officer at Keystone Strategy LLC, a strategy and economics consulting firm. From January 2021 to March 2021, Ms. Toledano served as Chief Talent Officer of ServiceNow Inc., a software company. From May 2017 to October 2018, Ms. Toledano served as the Chief People Officer of Tesla Inc., a manufacturer of electric vehicles and energy storage products. From February 2006 to May 2017, Ms. Toledano served as Chief Talent Officer and Advisor at Electronic Arts Inc., a video game company. Ms. Toledano has served as a director of Better.com since April 2021 and Bose Corporation since June 2020. Prior to her current boards, Ms. Toledano served on the boards of Glu from December 2017 to April 2021 and Jive Software, Inc. from November 2015 to June 2017. Ms. Toledano holds a B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University.
Matthew Walters is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of JAWS Spitfire. Mr. Walters is also a Managing Director at JAWS Estates Capital LLC, a public and private direct investing focused single family office, where since 2015 he has directed the private investment strategy with a particular emphasis on the consumer and technology sectors. JAWS Estates Capital LLC representative investments include Artsy, Away Luggage, Color Genomics, Delos Living, Didi, Domino's China, Flaschenpost, Flipkart, Hyperloop, Illumio, Lyft, Oscar Health, Oyo Rooms, Parachute Home, Qualia, Sarcos Robotics, Sweetgreen, Third Love and Wish. Prior to joining JAWS Estates Capital LLC, Mr. Walters spent his entire career at L Catterton, the largest, most global consumer-focused private equity firm, where he worked on sourcing and investment strategy for both the buyout and growth-oriented funds. Mr. Walters sits on the board of Sempre Life and is a board observer at Bluestone Lane and Parachute Home. Mr. Walters also acts as Chief Executive Officer and Director of JAWS Hurricane Acquisition Corp. and JAWS Wildcat Acquisition Corp., and Chief Operating Officer of JAWS Mustang Acquisition Corp. Mr. Walters received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Finance from Fairfield University.
Ellen Pawlikowski is a retired four-star general of the U.S. Air Force, who retired in September 2018. She last served as Commander of U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Her 40-year career in the U.S. Air Force spanned a wide variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions, including command at the wing and center levels. She is currently an independent consultant and serves on the board of directors of the Raytheon Technologies Corporation, a multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate. Previously, she served on the board of directors of Raytheon Company from 2018 to 2020 and Intelsat S.A., an international satellite services provider, from 2019 to 2022. Gen. Pawlikowski also serves as a director to Applied Research Associate, an employee-owned corporation, the non-profit board of SRI International, and is an outside manager on the board of CEM Defense Materials, as well as the Judge Widney Professor of Systems Architecting and Engineering at the University of Southern California. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. The Board appointed Gen. Pawlikowski because of her extensive experience in experience in the aerospace industry, senior leadership, and established leadership in the U.S. science and technology community.