CAMPBELL, CA, USA, Sep 8, 2021 – Velo3D, Inc. (“Velo3D”), a leader in advanced additive manufacturing (AM) for high-value metal parts, announced that it has temporarily expanded the number of seats on its board of directors with the appointments of three new board members – Michael Idelchik, Ellen Smith and Gabrielle Toledano – collectively representing nearly a century of public and private company leadership experience across aviation, energy, engineering, manufacturing, and operations. The appointments are effective immediately and the board is now made up of 10 directors. Within six months following the closing of the business combination between Velo3D and JAWS Spitfire Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: SPFR), the size of the board will decrease to 9 directors.
Michael Idelchik was previously Vice President and officer of advanced technology at GE Global Research where for 39 years he led a global team of 1,200 scientists, engineers and technicians from virtually every major scientific and engineering discipline. Idelchik started his career at GE in GE Aviation, receiving two awards for his engineering prowess. During his time at GE Healthcare and GE Lighting, Idelchik built a track record of aligning engineering, manufacturing and technology to reflect market trends. In 2002 he founded and built the China Engineering, Sourcing, Manufacturing and Research Technical Center in Shanghai.
Ellen Smith joined Velo3D from FTI Consulting where she served as senior managing director of the Energy, Power and Products practice. She has more than 30 years of experience including GE Energy and later at Pratt & Whitney, where she headed both the power segment and commercial engine segment with accountability for all P&L activities relating to aeroderivative power generation product sales, projects and service. As Pratt & Whitney’s vice president of commercial engine programs, Smith led the development teams for the PW6000 engine and the PW4000, PW2000 and JT8/9D operational engine programs. Smith also previously served as the chief operating officer at National Grid U.S. and before that, as vice president of refinery optimization at Hess Corp. She has a leadership role on the Global Steering Committee for FTI Consulting’s Women’s Initiative and was named to the Top 50 Women in Power in 2003.
As chief operating officer of Keystone Strategy LLC, Gabrielle Toledano has nearly 30 years of extensive leadership experience in human resources and operations at both enterprise and consumer companies. She is a purpose-driven leader, with a deep passion for developing people and building a strong culture of diversity and inclusion. Toledano has experience serving on 10 public and private boards, including previously as chair of the compensation committee at Glu Mobile and Jive Software. Toledano currently serves as compensation committee chair at Better.com and is a member of the compensation committee at Bose Corporation as well as a board member at Namely. Previously, she was executive in residence for Comcast Ventures and its portfolio companies and was chief human resources officer at Tesla, Electronic Arts, and Siebel Systems. Toledano will join the Velo3D board as compensation committee chair.
“One of our guiding principles at Velo3D is to stay laser focused on solving customer problems and helping our customers be successful,” said Benny Buller, founder and CEO, Velo3D. “I asked Mike, Ellen and Gaby to join the board for this reason – I want the voice of our customers to drive our decision-making process/strategic direction. Their experience, talent and leadership will be major assets to Velo3D as we become a public company and accelerate through our next phase of growth.”
In March 2021, Velo3D announced plans to merge with JAWS Spitfire Acquisition Corporation and become a public company.
Velo3D, one of Fast Company’s 2021 World’s Most Innovative Companies, empowers engineers and designers to imagine more and additively manufacture nearly anything with a fully-integrated patented solution of software, hardware, and process-control featuring FlowTM print preparation software, AssureTM quality assurance software and the Sapphire® family of laser powder bed 3D printers. Velo3D additive manufacturing solutions for 3D-printing high-value metal parts allow for previously impossible geometries, so businesses can make the mission-critical parts they need without compromise. Customers include some of the world’s most visionary companies, such as Aerojet Rocketdyne, Chromalloy, Honeywell, LAM Research and Raytheon Technologies. For more information, follow Velo3D on LinkedIn or visit velo3d.com.