Chamath Palihapitiya has been our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our Board of Directors since July 2020. Mr. Palihapitiya founded Social Capital in 2011 and has been its Managing Partner since its inception. Mr. Palihapitiya served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IPOA from May 2017 until the consummation of its business combination with Virgin Galactic in October 2019, and continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Virgin Galactic. Mr. Palihapitiya currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of IPOB, IPOC, IPOD and IPOF. Mr. Palihapitiya also served as a director of Slack Technologies Inc. from April 2014 until October 2019. Prior to founding Social Capital in 2011, Mr. Palihapitiya served as Vice President of User Growth at Facebook, and is recognized as having been a major force in its launch and growth. Mr. Palihapitiya was responsible for overseeing Monetization Products and Facebook Platform, both of which were key factors driving the increase in Facebook’s user base to more than 750 million individuals worldwide. Prior to working for Facebook, Mr. Palihapitiya was a principal at the Mayfield Fund, one of the United States’ oldest venture firms, before which he headed the instant messaging division at AOL. Mr. Palihapitiya graduated from the University of Waterloo, Canada with a degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Palihapitiya is well qualified to serve as the Chairperson of our board of directors because of his extensive management history and experience in identifying, investing in and building next-generation technologies and companies.
Ian Osborne has been our President and a member of our Board of Directors since July 2020. Mr. Osborne is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hedosophia, an investment firm, which has invested in leading Internet and technology companies since 2012. Mr. Osborne served as a director of IPOA from May 2017 until the consummation of its business combination with Virgin Galactic in October 2019. Mr. Osborne currently serves as President and a director of IPOB, IPOC, IPOD and IPOF. Mr. Osborne has advised leading Internet and technology companies, their founders and CEOs, since 2009. Mr. Osborne is also the indirect controlling shareholder and a director of Connaught, a financial advisory firm. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Osborne was a Partner and Managing Director at DST Global, a family of funds investing in Internet companies, which was established in 2009 and which has notable successes including Alibaba, Airbnb, Facebook, Spotify and Twitter. Mr. Osborne was educated at St Paul’s School, King’s College London, and the London School of Economics. Mr. Osborne is well qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience advising leading Internet and technology companies.
Steven Trieu has been our Chief Financial Officer since July 2020. Mr. Trieu is a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer of Social Capital, an affiliate of the company’s sponsor, since October 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of Social Capital’s family of funds, management company and related entities. Mr. Trieu served as the Chief Financial Officer of IPOA from March 2019 until the consummation of its business combination with Virgin Galactic in October 2019. Mr. Trieu currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of IPOB, IPOC, IPOD and IPOF. Prior to joining Social Capital, Mr. Trieu was VP of Finance at Quora, Inc. from October 2011 to June 2016, where he was responsible for its day-to-day finance and legal operations. Prior to that, Mr. Trieu was Director, Finance and Business Operations at Facebook, Inc. from August 2007 to October 2011. Mr. Trieu led the formation of its initial business operations and sales finance teams. Mr. Trieu also previously held a similar role at Yahoo!, Inc., supporting its local markets and commerce divisions. Before that, Mr. Trieu spent time on Wall Street both as an investment banking and alternative investments associate. Mr. Trieu graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in finance and economics.
Simon Williams has been our General Counsel and Secretary since July 2020. Mr. Williams has been Hedosophia’s Chief Administrative Officer since March 2017. Mr. Williams served as the General Counsel and Secretary of IPOA from May 2017 until the consummation of its business combination with Virgin Galactic in October 2019. Mr. Williams currently serves as General Counsel and Secretary of IPOB, IPOC, IPOD and IPOF. Prior to joining Hedosophia, Mr. Williams was legal counsel at Balderton Capital, a London-based venture firm focused on backing European-founded technology companies, from January 2015 to March 2017. Prior to working at Balderton Capital, Mr. Williams was an associate in the London offices of each of Covington & Burling LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP. Mr. Williams is a solicitor, qualified in England & Wales, having attended Nottingham Law School. Mr. Williams holds an MA and BA from the University of Nottingham.
Jay Parikh will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Parikh has served as Head of Engineering at Facebook, Inc., since March 2014, supporting and scaling tech teams across the company. From November 2009 to March 2020, Mr. Parikh served as Vice President, Infrastructure, where he lead the global teams that design, develop, build, and operate the physical infrastructure and platforms (both software and hardware) necessary to power Facebook and its family of products and services, enabling the community to grow from 300 million users to over 3 billion users and providing users with their real-time experiences. From October 2007 to October 2009, Mr. Parikh served as Senior Vice President, Engineering & Operations at Ning,Inc., where he oversaw product development, core infrastructure, and operations for the company’s social networking platform. From April 1999 to October 2007, Mr. Parikh served as Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies,Inc., where he helped build one of the world’s largest and most globally distributed computing platform. Mr. Parikh has served on the board of directors of Atlassian Corporation Plc since July 2013. Mr. Parikh received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. Mr. Parikh is well qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience with technology and Internet companies and supporting and scaling businesses.