– USA, FL – Luminar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAZR), the global leader in automotive lidar hardware and software technology, today announced the appointment of Katie Martin, and Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen to its Board of Directors.
Katie is Chair of the Board of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, while Mary Lou is currently the CEO, Founder, and Chair of the Board of medical laser imaging device company Openwater as well as Director at Lear Corporation.
“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome both Mary Lou and Katie to our Board as renowned experts and leaders in their respective fields who will help guide Luminar as we continue to execute and scale,” said Founder and CEO, Austin Russell.
He added: “Mary Lou is a true inspirational leader in the technology industry. She has successfully built and scaled companies developing complex hardware technologies through mass production, and has advised and led engineering divisions for some of the most prominent global tech companies like Google, Intel, and Facebook. Her lasting contributions to society have been nothing short of incredibly impressive, and I look forward to her contributions at Luminar as we enter series production next year. Similarly, Katie’s extensive leadership experience at the fabled firm Wilson Sonsini will prove invaluable to Luminar, having advised some of the most successful technology companies and prominent founder/CEO’s of our generation on corporate and strategic matters as they transition into life as a public company. Benefiting from the insights and industry experience of Mary Lou and Katie is a huge win for Luminar, and comes at a pivotal time in our history.”
About Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen
Dr. Jepsen is CEO, Founder, and Chair of the Board of Openwater, a San Francisco-based medical laser imaging device technology company. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Lear Corporation, a Fortune 150 automotive components supplier.
As a prolific inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Jepsen has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, in addition to CNN’s top 10 thinkers in science and technology. She has over 200 patents published or issued to her name.
Previously, Dr. Jepsen served as the Executive Director of Engineering at Facebook, Inc., and Head of Display Technologies at Oculus, and she has also held similar roles at Google, Inc., and X (formerly Google[x]). Before this, Dr. Jepsen was a professor at MIT and co-founded the nonprofit organization “One Laptop per Child,” for which she served as CTO and lead architect on design, cost-down, and scale components for the $100 laptops that were successfully shipped to millions of children in the developing world.
Dr. Jepsen received her Ph.D. in Optical Physics as well as her Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering and Studio Art from Brown University.
About Katie Martin
Ms. Martin is Chair of the Board of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and a Partner practicing corporate and securities law in the firm’s Palo Alto headquarters, which plays an active role in Silicon Valley’s technology ecosystem by working with top innovators and entrepreneurs of technology and life sciences companies, as well as the funding sources that support them. She previously served as a member of the Policy Committee and leader of the business law department. Ms. Martin has extensive experience in representing public companies and her practice covers all aspects of company representation, including corporate governance, SEC compliance, 1934 Act issues, public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Martin previously served as a Director of Nuance Communications, a public technology company, and pioneer in natural language processing, for 18 years. Before that, she was a Partner at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP.
Ms. Martin is a frequent spokesperson on corporate and securities law, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions, and is often ranked among the top corporate attorneys in regional and national publications, such as the Daily Journal’s “Top Lawyers of the Decade” in California.
Ms. Martin received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
About Luminar Technologies
Luminar is an autonomous vehicle sensor and software company with the vision to make autonomy safe and ubiquitous by delivering the only lidar and associated software that meets the industry’s stringent performance, safety, and economic requirements. Luminar has rapidly gained over 50 industry partners, including 7 of the top 10 global automotive OEMs. Earlier this year, Luminar signed the industry’s first production deal for autonomous consumer vehicles with Volvo Cars, while also recently striking deals with Daimler Truck AG and Intel’s Mobileye. Luminar has also received minority investments from the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, Daimler Truck AG, and Volvo Cars, a global leader in automotive safety, to accelerate the introduction of autonomous trucks and cars at highway speed. Founded in 2012, Luminar is a 350-person team with offices in Palo Alto, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Detroit, and Munich.
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