Autonomous trucking technology TuSimple has recruited Lee White, who spent 35 years in various leadership roles at UPS, and Conrad Miller, who spent 15 years as a Senior Director of Transportation and Senior Director of Technology at Walmart, as its Vice President of Strategy and Senior Director of Fleet Operations, respectively.
The pair bring a combined 50 years of logistics experience to the autonomous driving technology company that is seeking to transform the US trucking industry.
As Vice President of Strategy, White will be responsible for commercial operations and infrastructure with a focus on business expansion. He will report to TuSimple President Cheng Lu and split time between the company's headquarters in San Diego, California, and operations facility in Tucson, Arizona.
As Senior Director of Fleet Operations, Miller will lead the division responsible for vehicle quality, maintenance, manufacturing and the team of safety drivers who oversee the autonomous system for TuSimple.
The role is part of the company's newly formed Autonomy Operations Group, focusing on vehicle reliability, availability and utilisation. Miller will report to Chief Product Officer Chuck Price, who also leads the Autonomy Operations Group, and will work out of the company's Tucson facility.
“Lee and Conrad both bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the TuSimple team through their impressive tenures at UPS and Walmart—companies that are known as leaders in logistics,” said Lu.
“These strategic hires will help build an infrastructure that allows operations to scale while maintaining peak performance. The impressive professional and leadership backgrounds of Lee and Conrad are invaluable to us as we remain laser-focused on maintaining our leadership position in the autonomous trucking industry.”
TuSimple operates a fleet of more than 40 autonomous trucks and makes 22 autonomous trips between Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for companies like UPS every week. The company plans to start driverless operations in 2021.