Core Scientific acquires Reffett Associates to recruit VP Investor Relations
August 9, 2021 – After a nationwide search, Reffett Associates, based in Seattle, WA, helped select Steve Gitlin as the new Vice President, Investor Relations for Core Scientific, a leading provider of infrastructure and software solutions for artificial intelligence and blockchain . The assignment was led by William Reffett, managing partner and founder, with the assistance of Marshall Reffett, executive director of the Seattle office
Mr. Gitlin will report to Chief Financial Officer Michael Trzupek. He will lead Core Scientific’s transition to a publicly traded company and communications with investors.
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Mr. Gitlin previously served as Vice President, Investor Relations and Chief Marketing Officer for the unmanned aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA, an MBA with a major in marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in international management with a major in Latin America from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining AeroVironment in 2002, Mr. Gitlin worked as a management consultant for the aerospace and telecommunications industries.
Core Scientific is a leader in infrastructure and software solutions for artificial intelligence and blockchain. Under the leadership of co-founder and CEO Mike Levitt, the company has quickly established a prominent position in an increasingly distributed and digital world while serving a range of industries. It is currently the largest provider of digital asset mining infrastructures in North America and at the same time 100 percent climate neutral.
On July 21, Core Scientific and Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose vehicle, announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement through which XPDI will acquire Core Scientific. The merged company will operate as Core Scientific and remain a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Mr. Gitlin will guide you through this process.
Last October, Reffett Associates also supported the appointment of Mr. Trzupek as Core Scientific’s CFO. Mr. Trzupek previously worked at Microsoft as Senior Director of Finance in entertainment and device organization.
Reffett Associates is a nationally recognized executive search company. The boutique talent provider has extensive experience in retail and consumer goods, private equity, commercial and government services, government sectors, as well as associations and nonprofits. The team consists of executives with specific industry experience who have in-depth knowledge of the challenges executives face in managing talent in a competitive market.
William Reffett has identified and placed key executives for large corporations in the United States. He was previously Vice President and Partner at Korn Ferry, where he was responsible for introducing the company’s national supermarket practice. He was also a member of the firm’s national specialist retail practice, where he focused on businesses along the west coast.
Marshall Reffett joined the search firm after working for United States Congressman Dave Reichert of Washington State. Mr. Reffett served the Congressman as a legislative assistant, advising him on legislative issues relating to financial services, small business, housing, consumer affairs, government oversight and reform, defense, veterans, foreign affairs, and transportation. He helped position the Congresswoman as a leader on global health issues by working with organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the US Global Leadership Campaign.
Related: Reffett Associates holds senior positions at the Air Force Research Laboratory
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media