– USA, CA – Rocket Lab, the global leader in launch and space systems, today announced the appointment of Merline Saintil and Jon Olson to its Board of Directors, bringing decades of technology sector experience to the Board as the company intends to going publicly traded on Nasdaq via a merger with SPAC, Vector Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: VACQ),.
“It is an absolute privilege to welcome Merline Saintil and Jon Olson to our Board of Directors,” said founder and CEO, Peter Beck. “Having served in senior leadership roles at some of the world’s most innovative technology companies, Merline and Jon bring an incredible wealth of knowledge that will undoubtedly help drive our future success as a public company.”
Merline Saintil will serve as Lead Independent Director providing leadership to the independent directors and will Chair the Compensation Committee. Jon Olson will serve as the Chair of the Audit Committee.
About Merline Saintil
With more than 20 years of experience as a technology leader and business executive, Ms. Saintil is widely respected for building global award-winning products in iconic Fortune 500 and privately held companies, including Intuit, Yahoo!, PayPal, Adobe, Joyent, and Sun Microsystems.
Ms. Saintil currently serves on the boards of publicly-traded companies Lightspeed (Nasdaq: LPSD), Alkami Technology (Nasdaq: ALKT), and Banner Corporation (Nasdaq: BANR). Ms. Saintil was named one of the Women of Influence in 2017 by Silicon Valley Business Journal, one of the 22 Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World by Business Insider, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Girls in Tech.
Ms. Saintil holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Florida A&M University and earned an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.
About Jon Olson
Mr. Olson, a seasoned executive with over 40 years of semiconductor industry experience, has provided strategic insight and financial decision making at Intel Corporation for over two decades, and later as CFO at Xilinx from 2005 through to his retirement in 2016.
He currently serves as Director on the Board of Xilinx (Nasdaq: XLNX) and Kulicke & Soffa (Nasdaq: KLIC) and previously served as a Director and Audit Committee Chair of Mellanox Technologies, InvenSense, and Home Union. Mr. Olson serves as a Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, where he was also inducted into the Academy of Alumni Fellows.
Mr. Olson earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University and his MBA from Santa Clara University.
About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is transforming the way we use and access space by delivering end-to-end solutions across the launch and space systems markets. We are motivated by the impact we can have on Earth by making it easier to get to space and use it as a platform for innovation, exploration, and infrastructure. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab designs and manufactures the Electron and Neutron launch vehicles, Photon satellite platform, and a range of best-in-class spacecraft components. Since its first orbital launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab has delivered more than 100 satellites to orbit for government and commercial customers, enabling remote sensing, communications, Earth-observation, technology demonstrations, and more.
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