Another Verizon exec joins NextNav's board

Nicola Palmer, previously Verizon's chief product officer, will join NextNav's board of directors. The company previously named Sanyogita Shamsunder to its board. #pressrelease

June 25, 2024

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NextNav (Nasdaq: NN) ("NextNav" or the "Company"), a leader in next generation positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) and 3D geolocation, today announced the appointment of Nicola Palmer to its Board of Directors effective June 24, 2024. Palmer has also been appointed as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Following this appointment, the Board is now comprised of seven directors.

"As an innovative and experienced leader, Nicola brings to the board a deep expertise in the strategic development, operation, and expansion of ecosystems powered by 5G technology and the development of products and services to advance 5G growth," said NextNav Board Chair and CEO Mariam Sorond. "Nicola's proven business acumen and related industry experience will be invaluable to NextNav as we continue to advance our vision for an innovative spectrum solution in the lower 900 MHz band that will unleash spectrum for terrestrial 3D PNT solutions and 5G broadband."

As Chief Product Officer of Verizon, Palmer led the organization's broad technical capabilities and assets to innovate, develop, and rapidly deliver a portfolio of products and services for customers of all Verizon businesses and oversaw the identification, development, acquisition, and application of new technologies to advance network capabilities. Palmer began her career at Bell Atlantic, a Verizon predecessor company, and her leadership roles have spanned engineering, operations, and technology supporting advanced data and wireless products, serving as Chief Technology Officer, Chief Engineering Officer, and Head of Wireless Networks.

Ms. Palmer earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Widely celebrated in the industry, she has been recognized with several technology and DEI awards, including the Most Influential Women in Wireless and Top 10 Women in Telecom. Palmer is also a passionate advocate for promoting education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), especially for young women. She has been honored by Working Mother magazine and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

Read the press release here.


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