Spire Global – Celebrating 10 years

We’re celebrating Spire’s 10th Birthday. Here are some birthday wishes from the Spire team.

Every day I am thankful that I get to work with a group of amazing people on a mission that makes a true difference for Earth and the life my kids might have on this precious planet.

Peter Platzer

Our purpose makes me part of a movement where I get to create breakthrough experiences in my work, for myself, and for others. I also get to work with brilliant people who make me smarter just by being around them and it is a privilege to be part of the company’s success story! Happy 10th anniversary Spire!

Tim Braswell
Chief People Officer

As one of the first sales executives with Spire, starting 4 years ago only, I’ve been given a chance to make an impact, to drive growth and change, for the better of our company. This is the chance we are giving to our clients, at their level, for theirs. I am grateful for the challenge and embrace it daily; I wish you the same. My constant goal is to always do more, faster, and better.

George Facaeru
Director of Maritime Sales

It was September 2018 and after 6 weeks in the company, I had to present at the AIS summit in Hamburg (Germany) preceded by the veterans of the S-AIS industry: Guy Thomas, George Best (Orbcomm), and David Martin (Exact Earth).
Spire and myself were introduced as “the new kid on the block” and we were nowhere close to the number of AIS data and number of clients these others had- we actually had 14 paying clients and were writing every new one on a whiteboard in the new Luxembourgish office. I felt humble at that conference but also felt the opportunity to make a difference. And we did! That AIS 2018 summit is recorded and can be seen here (https://seadevcon.com/ais-netais-networks-collaboration-or-competition/) – my talk at min30, right after David Martin – now my respected colleague here at Spire.

Simon Van Den Dries
VP of Business Development

Happy 10th Anniversary, Spire! Having joined two years ago I saw you grow at exponential rates and couldn’t be prouder that I am part of this exciting journey. I have seen the number of customers and new team members grow to almost double their size since I joined and I am amazed by our successes daily. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with such a variety of intelligent, kind, and down-to-earth people both on the customer and employee side. I can’t wait to see where we are on the 20th! Long live Spire, and a special shout-out to Spire Maritime!

Olga Kadeshnikova
Customer Success Manager

Spire maritime team group photoWhen I first joined Spire in Luxembourg 4 years ago, both the office and the Maritime team had only 12 people. Fast forward 4 years and we’re at 90 and 65 respectively. The growth has been nothing short of amazing. What I cherish the most is the global nature of all of our Spire colleagues. I remember posting the photo below after our very first Maritime offsite in Paris (December 2018). 12 people and 7 countries represented. Simply awesome!

John Lusk

After a career as a reporter, propelled by curiosity and truth, I am grateful to now be part of a mission that is propelled by a fervent wish to imagine a better future for our planet and the living creatures which inhabit it. I am also grateful that I get to be part of that movement alongside some of the smartest people in the world, who inspire me every day to work harder, be better, and live more fully.

Andy Jordan
Head of Brand

“Time flies when you’re having fun”.
That’s definitely true. Since I joined in June 2021, time flew as fast as a Falcon rocket carrying Spire’s payload – which is much more than a satellite – but really represents the essence of what Spire people can achieve as a whole and how we all thrive together. I feel blessed to be able to grow and learn along amazingly smart and kind individuals whilst sharing the strong desire to make this world a better place.
Happy birthday, Spire!

Sebastien Morand
Sales Operations Manager

Happy 10, Spire! It’s only been a few weeks since I joined, but I felt the energy from day 1. It feels really great to be here, work with an amazing team of experts and receive such a warm welcome. I’m excited to see the company grow further and contribute to the journey! Here’s to many more years of success!

Kanchan Desai
Sr. Marketing Manager – Space Services

Building radar systems was something I always loved. It was always super exciting and a lot of fun. When Spire asked me to join them and build an aircraft tracking system in space, it sounded like sci-fi at that time. Fast forward five years, space-based aircraft data became an off-the-shelf product and it didn’t lose any of its excitement. Spire is truly the place where the future of the air traffic industry is made.

David Manda
Technical Product Manager – Aviation

lunar excursion module 1975

April 1975

About 50 years ago in the waning days of the Apollo program, my parents took me on a tour of Kennedy Space Center. This visit propelled my interest in earth and space sciences. In my middle school science classes, I wrote biographical reports on Robert Goddard and the Wright Brothers. I built Estes rockets and rain gauges, and this ultimately led to my degree in Meteorology. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in the weather enterprise sector for most of my career. In April 2022, Spire invited me to join the Weather Team to continue learning and exploring my interests and passions. Interests shared with great co-workers around the globe! I guess you can say… From the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module, pictured) to the LEMUR, Happy Birthday Spire!

Dennis Stewart
Sales Manager, Weather

Happy 10 Spire! Super proud to be part of an innovative company like Spire that’s working on something that actually matters, i.e. building a more sustainable world and contributing my bit to it. Given how weather impacts all aspects of our life, the best part of my time has been that there’s always something new to learn, something new to write about.. Although I’ve only been here a year, it’s been incredible working with such smart, insightful people and look forward to seeing what the next year (and more) bring!

Sharmain Zain
Content Marketing – Weather

Having joined Spire in early 2020 due to alignment with the mission of leveraging space to solve the problems here on earth, what continues to impress me is the energy with which people relate to that mission. A great example has been, when speaking at various large conferences, how audiences become so engaged and excited about what we can do with from space. Whether it is in maritime, aviation, earth intelligence, weather, or starting an innovative conversation about “the possible” in space services, the high level of enthusiasm we generate with people worldwide and across so many cultures is incredibly inspirational.

Jeff Rex
VP, Business Development – Earth Intelligence

I joined Spire three years back as one of the first people in the Weather team. With Spire turning 10, it’s been an incredible journey seeing the company evolve and become a publicly listed one on the NYSE and alongside, witness the growth of not only the company but also of the Weather team. Very proud of my team where we’re building everything from scratch and are always up for new challenges. I am fortunate to work with some of the brightest minds in the meteorological field and continually learn from them. Being part of a company like Spire that has innovation in its DNA and truly making a difference in the world has been truly rewarding. Happy 10, Spire!

Asma Toroman
Marketing Director – Weather

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