August 9, 2021 – Following a nationwide search, Seattle, WA-based Reffett Associates has assisted with the selection of Steve Gitlin as the new vice president of investor relations for Core Scientific, a leader in infrastructure and software solutions for artificial intelligence and blockchain. The assignment was led by William Reffett, managing partner and founder, with assistance from Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office
Mr. Gitlin will report to chief financial officer Michael Trzupek. He will be responsible for leading Core Scientific’s transition to a publicly traded company, as well as communications with investors.
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Mr. Gitlin previously served as vice president, investor relations and chief marketing officer for unmanned aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA, an MBA with a focus on marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in international management with an emphasis on Latin America from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at the 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. Led by co-founder and CEO, Mike Levitt, the company has rapidly attained a prominent position in an increasingly distributed and digital world, while also serving a range of industries. It is currently the largest digital asset mining infrastructure provider in North America, while being 100 percent carbon neutral.
On July 21, Core Scientific and Power & Digital Infrastructure Acquisition Corp. , a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement by which XPDI would acquire Core Scientific. The combined company is expected to operate as Core Scientific, and remain a publicly listed company on the NASDAQ stock market.
Mr. Gitlin will help lead them through this process.
Last October, Reffett Associates also assisted in the recruitment of Mr. Trzupek as Core Scientific’s CFO. Mr. Trzupek was formerly with Microsoft serving as a senior director of finance in the entertainment and devices organization.
Reffett Associates is a nationally recognized executive search firm. The boutique talent provider has extensive experience in retail and consumer packaged goods, private equity, commercial and federal services, government sectors, and associations and non-profits. Its team is made up of executives with tangible industry experience, possessing real world, relatable knowledge about the challenges executives face in managing talent in a competitive marketplace.
William Reffett has identified and placed key executive leaders for major companies across the U.S. Previously, he was a vice president and partner with Korn Ferry, where he was responsible for initiating the firm’s national supermarket practice. Additionally, he was a member of the firm’s national specialty retail practice, where he focused on companies along the West Coast.
Marshall Reffett joined the search firm after having worked for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington State. Mr. Reffett served as a legislative assistant to the congressman, advising him on legislation relating to financial services, small business, housing, consumer affairs, government oversight and reform, defense, veterans, foreign affairs and transportation. He helped to position the congressman as a leader on global health issues, working with organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children and the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media