July 23 (Reuters) - Electric air taxi startup Joby Aero Inc
will add Silicon Valley heavyweight Reid Hoffman and executives
from Google and Toyota to its board, as the company prepares to
go public through a merger with a blank-check firm.
Reinvent Technology Partners, a special purpose
acquisition company (SPAC) headed by LinkedIn co-founder
Hoffman, Zynga founder Mark Pincus and longtime investor Michael
Thompson, is taking the 12-year-old company public in a $6.6
billion reverse merger.
Apart from Hoffman, the other members to be added to the
board include Google General Counsel Halimah DeLaine Prado,
Toyota Motor Corp board member and operating officer
James Kuffner, and former Southwest Airlines CFO Laura
The deal is expected to close in the second quarter,
following which the combined company will be called Joby
Aviation Inc and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
Joby's electric aircraft is expected to operate as part of
an air taxi service beginning in 2024.
(Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil