SAN FRANCISCO - Ouster, Inc. (NYSE: OUST), a leading provider of high-resolution digital lidar sensors for the industrial automation, smart infrastructure, robotics, and automotive industries, today announced that it has hired Nathan Dickerman as President of Field Operations to accelerate lidar adoption across its four end markets.
Nathan will be responsible for scaling Ouster’s business with a world class team that will execute on the company’s go-to-market strategy. He will oversee worldwide sales and sales operations, partner and channel ecosystems, marketing, business development, and customer success. Prior to joining Ouster, Nathan served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Planet Labs where he built the go-to-market organization from scratch and scaled the company to win hundreds of new customers. He previously served in sales leadership roles driving revenue growth for large public companies including Autodesk, PTC, and IBM.
“I am immensely excited to have Nathan onboard to help accelerate our continued growth. He has extensive experience scaling commercial organizations and driving revenue for major technology companies. Nathan is bringing his winning playbook to Ouster to expand our customer funnel and help make us the leading lidar company across every vertical,” said Ouster CEO Angus Pacala.
Ouster is investing heavily in its go-to-market teams. It currently sells to over 500 customers in over 50 countries across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, and continues to expand its global footprint. Ouster has grown its sales team by 50% since the beginning of 2021 to capitalize on the increasing demand for digital lidar and to grow its customer base across its four end markets.
"The opportunities for digital lidar are vast," said Nathan Dickerman. "I'm excited to work with Ouster's leadership team to further educate the market about how the performance, cost and reliability of digital lidar can drive efficiencies, enhance safety, and improve business results for customers. Ouster’s success to date is just the beginning."
Ouster (NYSE: OUST) invented its digital lidar in 2015 and is a leading manufacturer of high-resolution digital lidar sensors used throughout the industrial automation, smart infrastructure, robotics, and automotive industries. Ouster’s sensors are reliable, compact, affordable and highly customizable, laying the foundation for digital lidar ubiquity across endless applications and industries. Already hundreds of customers have incorporated Ouster lidar sensors in current products or those in development for imminent commercial release. For more information, visit www.ouster.com, or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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