NextNav adds Gillian Smith, Decorated Marketing Director,


SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – NextNav, a leader in next-generation GPS, strengthens its executive leadership with the addition of Gillian Smith as vice president of marketing.

Smith, an award-winning marketing executive with over two decades of experience, previously operated her own marketing consulting firm, working with NextNav as a primary client. In her new role, she will take the lead in NextNav’s marketing practice as the company moves into its next stage of growth, fueled by its merger agreement with Spartacus Acquisition Corporation.

“We have been working with Gillian for some time now and she is now an integral part of our team. His expertise and advice has been irreplaceable, especially as we continue on the path to becoming a public company, ”said Ganesh Pattabiraman, CEO of NextNav. “As a member of NextNav’s leadership team, she will take on an even more influential role in running the business. His deep understanding of our technology and his critical eye for storytelling will prove invaluable for years to come. “

As Vice President of Marketing, Smith will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing NextNav’s marketing and communications efforts. She will immediately assume a leadership role at NextNav, guiding the business and increasing brand awareness in key verticals including public safety, gaming and transportation.

“NextNav will radically change the way consumers interact with their favorite brands and experience next-generation technologies,” Smith said. “From location-based experiments and the future of the metaverse to improving vital communications in the public safety sector with the Z axis, the applications are almost limitless. It is an exciting time for NextNav and I look forward to playing a bigger role in leading the business in the future.

Prior to NextNav, Gillian led marketing programs with businesses and nonprofits including Coca-Cola, Burger King, and was the senior director of marketing for City Year and Teach For America. Its marketing campaigns have won awards such as Cannes Golden Lions, Effies, Association of National Advertisers Best Multicultural Advertising, Best Viral Advertising by The Wall Street Journal and even Best Campaign of the Century according to the New York Times. Smith has also received numerous industry accolades for her leadership and achievement, including being named “Online All-Star” by MediaPost and “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age. She is the founder and president of Carambola Consulting.

In June 2021, NextNav entered into a definitive merger agreement with Spartacus Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTS, TMTSW and TMTSU) (“Spartacus”) in a transaction that would result in NextNav listing on Nasdaq. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the third quarter of 2021 or at the start of the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

About NextNav

NextNav provides next generation GPS. NextNav Pinnacle uses very precise vertical positioning to transform location services to reflect the 3D world around us. Our revolutionary TerraPoiNT system keeps critical infrastructure resilient with reliable positioning, navigation and timing services in the absence of GPS. With carrier-grade reliability and a rapidly expanding nationwide service footprint, NextNav is leading a whole new ecosystem for location-based applications and services.


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