Velodyne LiDAR on Thursday said it has hired Marty Neese, the chief operating officer of San Jose-based SunPower, to be its COO.

President Mike Jellen, who had been COO, will refocus on sales and business development now that Neese has joined the Morgan Hill company.

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Velodyne recently said it is close to opening a ‘megafactory’ that will employ hundreds in south San Jose.

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