Joseph B. Culkin
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Joseph B. Culkin co-founded Velodyne Lidar’s predecessor company, Velodyne Acoustics, and has been involved in the Company throughout its history, including serving as a member of Velodyne Lidar’s Board since September 2016. In 1987, Dr. Culkin founded New Logic Research, Inc., a provider of high-performance membrane filtration systems, and has served in a variety of capacities including presently as chief technology officer. Dr. Culkin holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in theoretical fluid mechanics from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. A polymath, Dr. Culkin’s issued patents include: instruments for surface charge measurement; a vibrating membrane technique for displacing evaporation and crystallization in the chemical processing industry; a method for making a new type of flat panel display; and materials science advancements in fabricating large area semiconductor photocathodes.
Chairman of the Board
Anand Gopalan
Director
Dr. Anand Gopalan is the company’s chief executive officer and president. Dr. Gopalan has served as Velodyne’s chief executive officer since January 2020 and as a member of Velodyne’s board of directors since July 2019. Prior to becoming Velodyne’s chief executive officer in January 2020, Dr. Gopalan had served as Velodyne’s chief technology officer since June 2016. In his role as chief technology officer, Dr. Gopalan was responsible for all the new technology and advanced product development at Velodyne. He further worked alongside Mr. Hall on technology and business strategy, and was the technical face of Velodyne with all its major customers. Dr. Gopalan brings close to fifteen years of experience in electrical engineering, opto-electronics and semiconductors to the post-combination company. Previously, Dr. Gopalan served in various technology executive roles, most recently as vice president of engineering at Rambus Incorporated, a microchip interface and architecture company, from March 2013 until May 2016. From June 2005 to March 2013, Dr. Gopalan served in various roles, including as director of R&D and mixed-signal IP development at Kawasaki Microelectronics, Inc., a microchip company. Dr. Gopalan holds a B.E. in electronics from the University of Mumbai, an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in microsystems from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Marta Thoma Hall
Director

Marta Thoma Hall has served as a member of Velodyne’s board of directors since January 2020. Ms. Hall served as vice president of marketing of Velodyne’s predecessor, Velodyne Acoustics, Inc., from 2009 to 2010 and then as president from 2010 until Velodyne was formed as an independent entity in December 2015. Ms. Hall served as Velodyne’s president and chief business development officer from December 2015 to January 2020, and helped grow Velodyne through a focus on marketing, business development, and leadership. During this time, alongside David Hall, Velodyne’s founder, Ms. Hall led the company through the transition from primarily selling acoustics equipment to developing and selling lidar. From January 2020 through February 2021, Ms. Hall served as Velodyne’s chief marketing officer. Before joining Velodyne’s predecessor in 2009, Ms. Hall operated her own business, engaging with civic entities nationwide. Ms. Hall received the Most Influential Woman in Business Award in 2019 from the San Francisco Business Times. Ms. Hall holds a Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Barbara Samardzich
Director
Barbara Samardzich has served as a member of Velodyne’s board of directors since October 2016. Ms. Samardzich retired from Ford Motor Company in October 2016 after 26 years in various roles. From November 2005 to January 2016, Ms. Samardzich held various senior leadership positions with Ford Motor Company, including most recently as chief operating officer of Ford Europe, and prior to that, from November 2005 to October 2010, Ms. Samardzich served as the vice president of powertrain operation. Prior to joining Ford, Ms. Samardzich held various engineering positions at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Ms. Samardzich currently serves on the board of directors of Adient plc, where she is also a member of the audit committee and is chair of the compensation committee, BRP Inc., where she is also chair of the Investment and Risk Committee, and Aktiebolaget SKF. Previously, Ms. Samardzich served on the board of directors of MTS Systems Corporation. Ms. Samardzich holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Florida, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.S. in engineering management from Wayne State University.
Christopher (Chris) Thomas
Director
Christopher Thomas was most recently a partner with McKinsey & Company from January 2011 to June 2020. Mr. Thomas served as co-Managing Partner for the Firm’s Global Digital Strategy service line as well as its Global IoT service line, and as the leader of its Asia Semiconductor Practice. Mr. Thomas’ client and research work focused on the artificial intelligence, automotive, cloud computing, smart home, server and storage end markets; the automotive, wireless, networking, power, analog, flash memory, and CPU product segments; and the semiconductor equipment, foundry and fabless verticals. Mr. Thomas also founded the CEO Circle, a regular gathering of more than 200 Chinese CxOs and China heads of multinational companies. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Thomas spent ten years at Intel. Mr. Thomas was the General Manager of Intel China and also held multiple executive roles at Intel’s global headquarters. These included Chief of Staff to Intel’s Chief Sales, Marketing and Strategy Officer. Chris began his career as a private equity investor at The Blackstone Group in New York City. Mr. Thomas is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University and an invited member of the US-China Track II Dialogues on the Digital Economy. Mr. Thomas received an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, in 2000; a Master of Arts in Political Science, from Stanford University in 2000; and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School in 1996.
Michael E. Dee
Director
Currently, Michael Dee is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Graf and has been in this role since September 2018 and also serves as a member of Graf’s board of directors. Mr. Dee was a Senior Advisor to the President for Finance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing from January to July 2016 and also served as a member of its Investment Committee. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Dee managed various private investments, including providing advice to SeaOne Maritime Corp., a startup focused on the monetization of natural gas and gas liquids and based in Texas. Mr. Dee was Senior Managing Director — International of Temasek Holdings Private Limited, Singapore’s sovereign investment company, from 2008 to 2010 and also served as a senior member of its Management Committee and Investment Committee. Prior to joining Temasek, Mr. Dee worked at Morgan Stanley from 1981 to 2007 in a variety of senior positions in its capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and firm management divisions, including acting as Regional Chief Executive Officer for Southeast Asia and as Head of Morgan Stanley’s Houston office. Mr. Dee served as the regional chairman of the Houston branch of Teach For America, Inc. and as a director of the Greater Houston Partnership. He was also appointed Singapore’s Honorary Consul General in Houston. Mr. Dee received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.
Hamid Zarringhalam
Director

Mr. Zarringhalam is Corporate Vice President of Nikon Corporation. In this capacity, he is simultaneously Chief Executive Officer of Nikon Ventures Corporation, Co-General Manager of the Digital Solutions Business Unit in Nikon Corporation and Executive Vice President of Nikon Precision Inc. Nikon Ventures Corporation is responsible for the external investments, strategic alliances and private equity strategy of Nikon Corporation. The Digital Solutions Business Unit is responsible for leveraging Nikon core competencies to enable and scale growth in new markets. As EVP of Nikon Precision, he is responsible for Nikon strategic partnership activities in Semiconductor Lithography in the United States. Mr. Zarringhalam joined Nikon in 1987, and in his tenure with Nikon, he has served in various senior management capacities in technology, operations, business development, and other corporate groups, including serving as President of Nikon Precision Europe. He currently serves on the Board of wrnch, a Canadian Computer Vision technology company. He has also served in a Board capacity for several companies in the Nikon investment portfolio. Mr. Zarringhalam has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master in Business Administration, both from the University of San Francisco.

Deborah Hersman
Director

Deborah Hersman has a proven record as a chief executive with extensive experience delivering high visibility initiatives, managing complex, technical activities and creating value for all stakeholders.  In 2019 she joined the Board of NiSource, Inc. (NYSE: NI), a gas and electric utility serving 3.5 million customers across six states. From 2019 to 2020, she served as the first Chief Safety Officer and a senior advisor to Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project and a leading company in the mobility sector.

From 2014 to 2019, Ms. Hersman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Safety Council, America’s foremost nonprofit safety advocate focused on eliminating the leading causes of preventable death in workplaces, on the road and in communities. From 2004 to 2014, she served as a Board member of the NTSB and from 2009 to 2014 she served as Chairman of the agency. The NTSB is internationally recognized for investigations across all modes of transportation. She was appointed by both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the Senate in 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2013. As Chair, Ms. Hersman focused her attention on combating distracted driving, improving child passenger safety and helping victims and their families.

From 1992 to 2004, she worked on transportation issues in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, contributing to milestone legislation including the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century and the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act, which created a new modal administration focused on bus and truck safety at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Hersman earned a BA in political science and a BA in international studies from Virginia Tech and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.