CAMPBELL, Calif./ October 20, 2022 — Velo3D, Inc. announced it has appointed Jessie Lockhart as Chief People Officer. Lockhart brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and people operations to the company. She holds a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University and most recently oversaw global talent management at Lam Research, a Fortune 300 supplier of semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment.
Velo3D has experienced extensive growth in its workforce over the past year since becoming a publicly listed company, including rapid expansion in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Lockhart will help continue that growth, overseeing all aspects of the company’s people operations, including global talent management, leadership and organizational development, talent acquisition, total rewards, engagement, and culture.
“To meet our growth goals as a company, we need strong organizational infrastructure to ensure we can continue to hire and retain top talent around the world and help them progress in their careers as we scale our business,” said Benny Buller, Velo3D Founder and CEO. “Jessie brings with her an amazing background of working with high-growth, innovative companies that have successfully undergone periods of rapid expansion. Our team has always prioritized our company culture and with Jessie overseeing people operations, and helping bolster our internal best practices, I’m confident we can continue to expand without losing the culture we’ve worked so hard to build.”
Prior to her nearly 9-year employment at Lam Research, which included a variety of leadership roles and global responsibilities, Lockhart was director of human resources at CPP, a provider of workforce development solutions. She was also a human resources leader at Novellus Systems, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer that was acquired by Lam Research in 2011.
“Velo3D is at a big inflection point and I believe there is endless potential for the company due to its innovative technology, growth across new industries, and extensive adoption with some of the most innovative companies in the world,” said Lockhart. “I have already met with many Velo3D employees across various levels and their excitement and optimism is felt across the entire company. I am excited to be part of the team and work with every employee around the world to ensure their unique needs are met, we all stay true to our company values, and succeed as an organization.”
In addition to her Doctor of Philosophy, Global Leadership and Change degree from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Lockhart also holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communications from San Jose State University.