July 4, 2022

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Stellantis taps Ned Curic as main engineering officer from Amazon

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The maker of Jeep SUVs and Ram vans has snagged the head of Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa Automotive division as its main technology officer.

Ned Curic joining Stellantis NV’s leadership is yet another illustration of the auto marketplace and Silicon Valley swapping talent. Know-how is an place of expanding great importance to automobiles, and both equally conventional automakers and tech corporations are looking to contend in the reworking place.

General Motors Co. on Tuesday also declared it experienced tapped executives from supply services Postmates Inc., journey-hailing firm Lyft Inc. and a Chinese EV maker for its BrightDrop professional EV enterprise.

Anthony Armenta is BrightDrop's chief technology officer.

At Stellantis, Curic will report to CEO Carlos Tavares starting Aug. 30. He will manage all info engineering sources for the world’s fourth-major automaker. Considering the fact that 2017, he is been liable for building Amazon’s automotive business as vice president of Alexa Automotive.

Prior to that, Curic was Toyota Motor Corp.’s related government vice president managing engineers, info experts and designers right after a stint as the Japanese automaker’s main know-how officer in North The us.

“I’m completely thrilled to get the job done intently with Ned, who will engage in an integral and strategic role in environment the company’s strategic mobility course, enhancement and potential growth for remaining at the forefront in the automotive marketplace,” Tavares mentioned in a statement. “Ned joins us at the fantastic time to shape Stellantis in the context of unprecedented shift of our field.”

Rachad Youssef is BrightDrop's chief product officer.

At GM, BrightDrop, which is based in the San Francisco Bay location, named Anthony Armenta as main technological innovation officer, Rachad Youssef as main products officer, Shaluinn Fullove as main people today officer and Steve Hornyak as main revenue officer.

Armenta will oversee the company’s technological method in performing with supply and logistics providers electrifying their fleets. He beforehand led the groups making robotic sidewalk delivery system for Uber Systems Inc.’s Postmates as vice president of program engineering for provide robotics and has been on the forefront of technological know-how tendencies from smartphones and tablets to buyer robotics.

Youssef will lead the design and improvement of BrightDrop’s autos and program merchandise. He provides just about 25 yrs of technological know-how products progress encounter, like most not too long ago as vice president of computer software products administration for Chinese EV maker NIO Inc. He was dependable for the autonomous car roadmap and the in-car or truck experience.

Shaluinn Fullove is BrightDrop's chief people officer.

Fullove will be in charge of recruitment. She has almost two many years of practical experience in the tech field with roles at Lyft and Google. Most recently, she was the world wide head of individuals for autonomous engineering and rideshare platforms at Lyft.

Hornyak joins BrightDrop from shipping methods provider Get Cloth Inc., in which he was the main industrial officer. Hornyak helped Cloth shoppers improve their logistics with automated micro-success centers. He will be dependent in Atlanta.

“We’re thrilled to have Anthony, Rachad, Shaluinn and Steve be a part of our increasing, visionary workforce,” BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz mentioned in a assertion.

Steve Hornyak is BrightDrop's chief revenue officer.

“Their robust backgrounds — spanning robotics, autonomy and device mastering — will empower us to accelerate our eyesight of delivering far better metropolitan areas when encouraging decarbonize the final mile of shipping.”


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