Rivian Provides Former Hyundai Motor America CEO To Board Of Administrators

Rivian, the maker of the R1S SUV, R1T pickup, and Amazon Electrical Supply Van (EDV), has added John Krafcik to its board of administrators, citing his expertise of over 35 years within the automotive trade, in response to Automotive Information.

Beforehand, Krafcik, 61, was the CEO of Waymo, also called Google’s self-driving automotive undertaking, leaving the corporate in 2020 after greater than 5 years as head honcho however continued as an adviser till final yr. Earlier than Waymo, Rivian’s new board of administrators member was the president of TrueCar, a web based automotive market, and the CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

“John has large management expertise within the automotive trade and a formidable observe report of constructing and main progressive firms,” Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe mentioned. “His experience in manufacturing engineering and automotive expertise will probably be a beneficial addition to our staff.”

In accordance with his LinkedIn profile, Krafcik labored for practically 10 years at Hyundai Motor America, the place he first served as vp of product growth and later as CEO, leaving in December 2013.

That is simply the most recent addition to Rivian’s group of skilled automotive professionals. Just a few days in the past, the California-based EV marque named Alan Hoffman as Chief Coverage Officer, with the job description saying he will probably be accountable for implementing the corporate’s world public coverage and regulatory technique.

Previous to Rivian, Hoffman was the pinnacle of Company Affairs at Carvana, a web based automotive shopping for and promoting platform, and earlier than that, he acted as Govt Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Herbalife Diet for over eight years. Moreover, he was Senior Vice President for World Public Coverage and Authorities Relations at PepsiCo, in addition to having served because the Deputy Chief of Employees to then Vice President Biden and Deputy Assistant to President Obama.

Furthermore, an Automotive Information report from final month says that Porsche Vehicles North America’s former CEO, Kjell Gruner, may also be a part of the electrical automobile start-up in an undisclosed function after making an abrupt exit from his earlier place on the German sports activities automotive model. The publication cited sources aware of the matter, however the info hasn’t been confirmed by Rivian.

In any case, it seems like Rivian is stepping issues up within the Human Assets division, getting valuable expertise onboard for its deliberate enlargement which features a second manufacturing unit in Georgia and an all-new, extra reasonably priced EV platform generally known as R2.

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