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.
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 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.