A World Satellite Business Week event
Sept. 13-14, 2018 / The Westin - Paris

Peter Platzer


Spire Global

Peter Platzer is the Chief Executive Officer of Spire Global, Inc. He cofounded the company in 2012 with a vision to provide satellite-powered data from any location on earth. Platzer is now regarded as one of the pioneers in launching small form factor satellites into space. He has been widely recognized for his visionary leadership and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013.  Platzer was also named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2015 in acknowledgement that Spire’s technology is poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

Prior to launching Spire, Platzer trained at CERN and the Max Planck Institute before turning to business with the Boston Consulting Group in Germany, Singapore, and Thailand. Platzer spent nearly a decade on Wall Street as a quantitative trader before leaving finance in 2011 to focus on high frequency and high accuracy data in space. He advised on space commercialization at NASA Ames’ Space Portal while completing an MSS from the International Space University.

Platzer co-created and launched CareerTeams at Harvard Business School and currently serves as a Career Coach for students and alumni. Platzer received an MS in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna and an MBA from Harvard, where he was a Baker scholar.