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Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) today announced Chief Financial Officer Drew Hamer has been named a finalist in the Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards.

 

San Francisco, NFAPost:

Velodyne Lidar Chief Financial Officer Drew Hamer has been named a finalist in the Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards. Hamer was recognized for his central role in Velodyne’s raising $70 million from strategic investors, leading the company through the Covid-19 economic downturn with a combination of loans and asset sales, and guiding the company through a SPAC merger that raised $419 million which fully capitalised its balance sheet. Velodyne is the world’s first public pure-play lidar company. (Photo: Velodyne Lidar)

Drew Hamer was recognized for his central role in Velodyne’s raising $70 million from strategic investors, leading the company through the COVID-19 economic downturn with a combination of loans and asset sales, and guiding the company through a SPAC merger that raised $419 million which fully capitalized its balance sheet. Velodyne is the world’s first public pure-play lidar company.

 

As a strategic leader, Hamer built Velodyne’s financial processes, systems, policies and corporate governance to support the company’s continued growth. Velodyne, the global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies that meets the needs of a wide range of industries. Velodyne sensor and software solutions transform lives by advancing safe mobility and smart communities.

 

The Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards are presented by Larkin Street Youth Services, in partnership with the San Francisco Business Times. The organization selects finalists based on its proprietary formula of quantitative, qualitative and unique positive impacts CFOs contribute to their organizations. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in San Francisco on September 23, 2021.

 

Velodyne Lidar Chief Executive Officer Anand Gopalan said Drew Hamer is a valued colleague whose expertise and dedication have contributed mightily to Velodyne’s growth.

“Drew Hamer’s track record of exceptional performance in business and innovation in his field make him an outstanding choice as a CFO of the Year Award finalist,” said Anand Gopalan.
 

Drew Hamer said it is an honor to be named a finalist for the Bay Area CFO of the Year Award in the Public Company category.

“There are many talented CFOs in the Bay Area and I congratulate the other award finalists. The last year of helping Velodyne become and then manage as a public company presented many challenges and opportunities. It was a privilege to be part of the executive and financial teams that worked enormously hard to make Velodyne a successful, growing public company,” said Drew Hamer.

As Velodyne’s CFO, Hamer works with the leadership team on financial strategy and leads the finance organization with forecasting, budgeting and accounting. He is a seasoned finance executive with over 25 years of financial leadership experience at public and pre-public technology companies.

Before joining Velodyne, Hamer worked at companies including ON24, Keynote Systems, KnowNow, Intraspect Software, Excite@Home and Sybase. Hamer has managed investor relations, implemented financial efficiencies, raised capital and oversaw the expansion of financial and business operations throughout the world, both organically and through acquisitions.

  

Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne, the global leader in lidar, is known for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies.

Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), smart cities and security. Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

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