Gareth Joyce will be the next CEO of Proterra, the US-based commercial vehicle electrification technology company. Mr Joyce was appointed president of Proterra back in September 2021, as well as interim CFO. Now, he’s going to be the new CEO, starting on the 1st of January, 2022.
The California-based electric bus manufacturer, that debuted on Nasdaq in early summer 2021, is going to debut on the European market as provider of batteries for Isuzu.
Beyond the activities as e-bus producer, Proterra is a primary battery manufacturer on a global scale, as proven also by the partnership officially announced with Volta Trucks for supplying the batteries of the Volta Zero distribution truck, which is currently hitting the road for field tests and will be produced from the end of 2022 in Steyr, Austria. Gareth Joyce will succeed Jack Allen, who will retire as CEO and continue to serve on the Company’s Board as Non-Executive Chairman at that time.
«The right person to lead Proterra»
«It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of Proterra, and I could not be more proud of how we have come together to redefine the commercial vehicle industry», said Jack Allen. «Since I joined the Company’s Board in 2017, we’ve grown tremendously, expanding our technology, scaling our operations and delivering more EV solutions to customers every year. With our public listing now behind us and the Company bigger and stronger than ever, now is the right time for me to retire and transition and focus on serving on the Board. Gareth is the right person to lead Proterra forward into its next phase. He has extensive experience building and running high performance organizations and an intimate understanding of Proterra’s business. Our Board is confident he will lead the execution of our growth strategies and advance our goal of realizing a future of clean, quiet transportation for all».
Gareth Joyce talking as CEO of Proterra
«I am excited to lead this great organization and build on the momentum we have created. I know first-hand how our technology and the purpose-driven nature of our company have set Proterra apart from our peers and positioned us for long-term success. Thanks to Jack’s leadership, Proterra has a strong foundation in place. As the race towards a zero-emission future continues, I am confident we will continue playing a central role in electrifying the commercial vehicle sector for years to come. As CEO, I will be committed to working with our incredibly talented team to provide customers with best-in-class electric buses and technology, growing our share of the EV market and creating long-term value for shareholders», commented Gareth Joyce. Before joining Proterra, Joyce was Chief Sustainability Officer for Delta Air Lines and held a variety of senior leadership positions with Mercedes-Benz throughout South Africa, Europe, and North America.
Additionally, Proterra announced that Karina Franco Padilla has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Ms. Padilla brings more than 25 years of experience overseeing corporate and business unit finances.