Velo3D appoints VP of Investor Relations and a VP of Sales for North America

September 15, 2021

Velo3D has hired Bob Okunski (left) as head of Investor Relations and Steve Starner (right) as VP of Sales for North America (Courtesy Velo3D)

Velo3D, Inc, Campbell, California, USA, has announced two new senior positions. After expanding its on-the-ground presence in Europe last month, the company has hired its first vice president of Investor Relations and added depth to its North American sales team.

Bob Okunski comes to the newly created position of vice president of Investor Relations with experience in the field gained through working with a range of technology companies. After earning his BA at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, and an MBA at Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He worked for close to a decade at PeopleSoft, WebVan, and Spansion. He then spent over thirteen years in investor relations at SunPower Corporation before moving to Velo3D.

“I joined Velo3D to be part of this unique, industry-leading technology,” stated Okunski. “I was attracted by the strong, experienced management team, and A-list of company backers. I think there’s a tremendous growth opportunity here due to Velo3D’s leadership position in reshaping how complex industrial parts are manufactured.”

Steve Starner, new vice president of Sales for North America, joins the Velo3D team after almost fifteen years with Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. There, he led customer-focused technical sales teams in various areas including integrated factory solutions, robotics, machine vision sensors, data analytics and AI tools. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“This is an exciting time in metal additive, but even more so with Velo3D, given its advanced metal AM technology,” Starner added. “This expansion of our sales team is critical as we continue to support our customers’ ability to leverage Velo3D’s production-ready manufacturing solution and seek to grow our presence in new and existing markets.”

Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D, commented, “It’s very gratifying that Velo3D is able to attract such top talent to our company. To best serve our customers, and our investors as well, we make a point of hiring people who intrinsically understand the critical role that leading-edge technology plays in innovation, and who can communicate both the substance and the excitement of what we’re achieving here at Velo3D.”

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