Canadian electric vehicle maker Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. has announced the appointment of Paul Rivera as its new chief executive officer.
Rivera brings more than two decades of experience in technical consulting, engineering services, general management, global business development, and a deep understanding of engineering in the automotive, transport, and energy industries to Electra Meccanica.
“Coming from leadership positions that have pioneered evolutionary change at global automotive and engineering companies, I’m excited to join Electra Meccanica to help steer the next stage of the company’s remarkable growth,” said Rivera, chief executive officer of Electra Meccanica. “I look forward to contributing my experience to further drive Electra Meccanica’s strong momentum as we continue our mission to make electric vehicles accepted across the world.”
Rivera once served as executive VP of Hybrid & Electric Systems at Ricardo, where he led the company’s evolution towards an efficient and sustainable low carbon future. Ricardo’s engineering and design solutions have had a significant impact on technical developments throughout the auto sector, providing innovative solutions across engines, drivelines and hybrid systems, as well as supporting the development of emerging technologies such as autonomous and connected vehicles.
Jerry Kroll, founder and CEO since 2015 will continue to contribute during this transition and will continue to advise in the future as a board member.
“We’ve seen a tremendous response from consumers and partners for Electra Meccanica’s portfolio of vehicles,” commented outgoing CEO, Jerry Kroll. “We’re thrilled to have Paul join our team to grow our company and to accelerate the development of our amazing products. We’re headed toward a very exciting period of growth for the company and Paul is the perfect executive to help lead us into the future.”