Former GM exec Mary Chan joins truck-maker Nikola as COO to lead engineering, product
Personnel Articles Smart Transportation, Trucking, Zero-Emissions
Ms Chan is a former president of the global-connected consumer group at General Motors and a former senior vice president at Dell.
At GM, she led is launch of 4G LTE connectivity across brands in the US, China, Europe and Mexico.
She has been named the ‘Top Woman in Wireless’ by FierceWireless, an industry news outlet. She also worked as a managing partner at VectoIQ LLC, which took Nikola public through a special purpose acquisition company in 2020.
Ms Chan said: “My career has been dedicated to pioneering smart transportation and wireless communications across automotive, telecommunications and high-tech industries.”
“Joining Nikola represents the culmination of this journey, and I’m excited to be part of the team that will drive trucking to a zero-emissions future, encompassing trucking products, customer solutions and the corresponding energy infrastructure.”
Ms Chan comes to Nikola at a key time. The company is being led by a new CEO, Steve Girsky, and is working through a recall impacting all 209 of its new energy commercial vehicles on the road.
Nikola said last week that the recall will not impact the delivery of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, expected to begin this month.
Automotive News said that like many electrified vehicle startups, Nikola is running low on cash.
The company passed a shareholder proposal to increase its authorised shares, a fundraising tool to back its hydrogen fuel cell truck and a hydrogen production project to support the vehicle.
Lead: Mary Chan will lead Nikola’s engineering and product teams
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