Board of Directors

Theresa Condor

Executive Vice President, General Manager of Space Services and Earth Intelligence and Director

Theresa Condor has served in a variety of roles since February 2013 and most recently as our Executive Vice President, General Manager of Space Services and Earth Intelligence. She has also served as one of our directors since November 2015. From August 2008 to February 2012, Ms. Condor was with Citi Group Inc., where she served most recently as Vice President of Trade Risk Distribution at the Latin America Desk and previously as a Rotating Management Associate. Ms. Condor holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and an M.I.A. in International Finance and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Stephen Messer

Director

Stephen Messer has served as one of our directors since May 2014. Mr. Messer has served as Member at Zephir Worldwide LLC, a venture capital firm, since 2012. Mr. Messer has served as Vice Chairman and Co-Founder at Collective[i], a predictive analytics company, since January 2008 and as President and Co-Founder of World Evolved Services, LLC, a venture capital firm, since January 2006. Prior to this, Mr. Messer served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at LinkShare Corporation, an affiliate marketing service company acquired by Rakuten, Inc., from 1996 to 2005. Mr. Messer currently serves on the board of directors of several private companies and on the advisory boards for multiple venture capital firms. Mr. Messer holds a B.A. in Government and Law, History from Lafayette College and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Jack Pearlstein

Director

Jack Pearlstein is one of NavSight’s co-founders and has served as NavSight’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and as a member of the NavSight Board since August 2020. From June 2014 through June 2020, Mr. Pearlstein served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cision, Ltd., a leading global provider of software and services to public relations and marketing communications professionals. From June 2009 to November 2013, Mr. Pearlstein was the Chief Financial Officer of Six3 Systems, Inc., a leading provider of cybersecurity, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services and technology to the DoD and the IC. From April 2006 to March 2009, Mr. Pearlstein served as the Chief Financial Officer of Solera Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry. Mr. Pearlstein holds a B.A in Accounting from New York University and an M.B.A. in Finance, from The George Washington University.

Peter Platzer

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Peter Platzer is one of our co-founders and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer, and as one of our directors since September 2012. Prior to this, Mr. Platzer served as Senior Portfolio Manager at Vegasoul Capital, LLC, an asset management firm, from September 2010 to September 2011, and as Director, Proprietary Trader at Deutsche Bank AG, from July 2007 to December 2010. Mr. Platzer also served as Head of Quantitative Research at TRG Management LP, also known as The Rohatyn Group, from May 2003 to July 2007. Mr. Platzer holds a Dipl. Ing (equivalent to B.S., M.S., and PhD qualification exam) in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, an M.Sc. cum laude in Space Science and Management from the International Space University, and an M.B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard Business School.

William Porteous

Director

William D. Porteous has served as one of our directors since May 2014. Since August 2000, Mr. Porteous has been with RRE Ventures, LLC, a venture capital firm, where he currently serves as a General Partner and the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, having previously served as a Principal and an Associate. Since 2004, Mr. Porteous has also served as Co-Chairman and Founder at the Dockery Farms Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the historic property and heritage of Dockery Farms. Mr. Porteous served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University from January 2003 to May 2018. He has served on the board of directors of several private companies. Mr. Porteous holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, and an M.Sc. in Economics and Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Management Team

Kamal Arafeh

Senior Vice President, Sales

Kamal Arafeh is our Senior Vice President of Sales, leading Spire’s global expansion of customers and channel partners. Prior to joining Spire, he served as Vice President and country head for India at Halliburton and led the Asia Pacific region for Landmark Software, a Hallibrton business unit. Kamal has held senior sales and operation executive roles with McAfee, Astaro, Roxio and eEye Digital Security, where he served as President and CEO.

Jeroen Cappaert

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Jeroen Cappaert is one of our co-founders and serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Spire, focusing on ensuring future technology developments deliver what the business needs. With a background in electronics engineering and aerospace engineering, Jeroen’s previous work and research includes high-enthalpy flow simulation, computational mechanics and fluid dynamics, spacecraft avionics and payload design, geo-engineering, and low-thrust astrodynamics at NASA Ames, Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, International Space University. Jeroen’s education includes a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University, a Master thesis on Uncertainty quantification for hypersonic flow simulation from Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude) and BSc in Mechanical Engineering (with a minor in Electrical Engineering) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Theresa Condor

Executive Vice President, General Manager of Space Services and Earth Intelligence and Director

Theresa Condor has served in a variety of roles since February 2013 and most recently as our Executive Vice President, General Manager of Space Services and Earth Intelligence. She has also served as one of our directors since November 2015. From August 2008 to February 2012, Ms. Condor was with Citi Group Inc., where she served most recently as Vice President of Trade Risk Distribution at the Latin America Desk and previously as a Rotating Management Associate. Ms. Condor holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and an M.I.A. in International Finance and Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Keith Johnson

Vice President and General Manager, Federal

Keith Johnson has served as our Vice President and General Manager, Federal since August 2017. Prior to joining us, Mr. Johnson served as Vice President, Federal Sales at Thinklogical LLC, an information technology and services company and subsidiary of Belden Inc., from November 2012 to August 2017. Mr. Johnson served as Vice President, Public Sector at Vocollect, Inc., a computer software company and subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., from January 2010 to December 2012 and in the same role at Liquid Machines Inc., a computer software company, from January 2006 to January 2010. Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from Towson University.

Thomas Krywe

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Krywe has served as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2020. Mr. Krywe previously served as our Co-Chief Financial Officer from December 2018 to October 2020, as our Vice President, Finance and Sales Operations from June 2018 to December 2018, and as an Executive Financial Consultant from October 2017 to May 2018. Prior to joining us, Mr. Krywe served as Vice President, Finance at Jive Software, Inc., a communication software company, from September 2015 to September 2017, and as Senior Director of Finance of the Data Protection Division at Dell EMC, a data storage and information security company and subsidiary of Dell Technologies Inc., from January 2013 to September 2015. Mr. Krywe served as Vice President of Finance and Accounting at 2Wire, Inc., a home networking customer premises equipment manufacturer acquired by Arris International, Plc, from June 2008 to November 2012. Mr. Krywe holds a B.S. in Commerce, Finance from Santa Clara University.

John Lusk

Vice President and General Manager, Global Data Services

John Lusk has served as our Vice President and General Manager, Global Data Services since July 2019. Mr. Lusk previously served as our General Manager, Spire Aviation from September 2019 to February 2021 and as our General Manager, Spire Maritime from August 2018 to September 2020. Mr. Lusk was Principal at The Lusk Group, LLC, a strategic consulting and advisory firm that he founded, from July 2016 to January 2019. Mr. Lusk also served as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit focused on entrepreneurship and education, from August 2016 to July 2018. Prior to this, Mr. Lusk served as the Chief Revenue Officer at ChefSteps, a food and technology company acquired by Breville USA, Inc., from March 2014 to July 2016 and as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Rivet & Sway, an online retailer for women’s eyewear, from March 2011 to February 2014. Mr. Lusk holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and Services from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ananda Martin

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Ananda Martin has served as our General Counsel since December 2018. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Martin was Senior Corporate Counsel at Amazon.com, Inc., an e-commerce company, from September 2017 to December 2018. Ms. Martin was an Associate, and subsequently a Partner, at Paul Hastings, LLP, a law firm, from February 2011 to September 2017. Prior to this, she was a Corporate Associate at Perkins Coie LLP, a law firm, from May 2007 to January 2011, and a Litigation Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a law firm, from 2003 to 2006. Ms. Martin holds a B.A. in Japanese and Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A. in Japanese History from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Peter Platzer

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Peter Platzer is one of our co-founders and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer, and as one of our directors since September 2012. Prior to this, Mr. Platzer served as Senior Portfolio Manager at Vegasoul Capital, LLC, an asset management firm, from September 2010 to September 2011, and as Director, Proprietary Trader at Deutsche Bank AG, from July 2007 to December 2010. Mr. Platzer also served as Head of Quantitative Research at TRG Management LP, also known as The Rohatyn Group, from May 2003 to July 2007. Mr. Platzer holds a Dipl. Ing (equivalent to B.S., M.S., and PhD qualification exam) in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, an M.Sc. cum laude in Space Science and Management from the International Space University, and an M.B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard Business School.

Joel Spark

Co-Founder, Vice President, Space Services

Joel is a Spire co-founder and the VP Engineering of our Space Services business, which allows organizations to quickly deploy payloads and applications to space using Spire's LEMUR satellite platform and operate them using Spire's ground station network and web APIs. Joel holds a Masters of Space Management from the International Space University, and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University with a specialization in structures, systems and vehicle design.

Johnny Truong

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Johnny Truong has led Engineering at Spire Global since February 2019. Prior to joining the Spire, he was Senior Director of Infrastructure and Operations at Medallia, a SaaS company, from 2015 to 2019. Prior to Medallia, Johnny was a Senior Director at Nvidia and managed Engineering Operations and Infrastructure. Johnny has a BASc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Hillary Yaffe

Head of Communications

Hillary Yaffe is our Head of Communications, overseeing corporate communications and investor relations, globally. Before joining Spire, Hillary served as Head of Communications for Lazard Asset Management in the United States, where she was responsible for both internal and external communications. Prior to joining Lazard, Hillary worked at Prosek Partners, where she helped build out the firm’s hedge fund practice and advised large institutional investment firms. She began her career at Edelman and subsequently worked at Burson-Marsteller in their corporate/financial practice. Hillary holds a BBA in International Business and Marketing from The George Washington University.