Jeffrey R. Tarr
Jeff Tarr is the former CEO of DigitalGlobe. He served in that position from 2011 until the sale of the company to Maxar Technologies in 2017 for $3.6 billion and continues to serve as an advisor to the company. He is also a Sr. Advisor at TPG where he focusses on technology and information services investments globally.
During his tenure, Jeff transformed DigitalGlobe into the largest operator of commercial earth imaging satellites and an indispensable source of information about our changing planet, relentlessly dedicated to it’s purpose of Seeing a Better World™. Today, governments rely on DigitalGlobe to keep their nations safe; Google, Apple, Microsoft, Uber and HERE rely on DigitalGlobe to create the internet maps used by billions of consumers each day; and a growing ecosystem of nearly 2,000 innovators rely on DigitalGlobe’s cloud-based platform, software and services to leverage deep learning and other forms of artificial intelligence to unlock new insights from the company’s 100-petabyte, 17-year, time-lapse earth imagery library.
DigitalGlobe is the most recent of three publicly traded tech-enable information companies that Mr. Tarr has transformed into a trusted industry leader. Prior to DigitalGlobe, he was President and COO of IHS (now IHS Markit), the publicly traded parent of Jane’s Information Group and other industry leading open source information products. He also served as Chairman and CEO of Hoover’s, another publicly traded information company acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2003.
Mr. Tarr began his career with Bain & Company. He holds an undergraduate degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He served on the board of directors of CEB from 2010 until the acquisition of the company by Gartner in 2017. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the management board of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Space Technologies. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.