Autonomous vehicle tech firm Optimus Ride appoints new CEO
Optimus Ride, a leading developer of autonomous vehicle technology systems, has announced the appointment of Sean Harrington as its new CEO and member of its board of directors. Harrington replaces co-founder Ryan Chin, who will remain at the company with responsibility over policy and sustainability initiatives.
Harrington brings expertise developing, commercialising and scaling technology solutions, with experience at both startups and large, global corporations. Most recently, he was Vice President of City Solutions at Verizon where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of innovative products and services that helped cities increase liveability, sustainability, and safety for their citizens.
“I’m thrilled to join Optimus Ride and lead the company through its next chapter,” said Harrington.
“I knew from the moment I met the team and had the opportunity to ride in one of the electric, self-driving vehicles powered by the Optimus Ride system that this was a very special company and I wanted to be a part of it. The mobility industry is shifting rapidly and there is an enormous opportunity for Optimus Ride to transform the way people get around.”
Optimus Ride’s autonomous vehicle technology system, designed to flexibly integrate into existing vehicle platforms, is now deployed at five customer locations around the U.S. With Harrington at the helm, the company plans to expand its suite of mobility services, offering convenient, reliable, safe and zero-emission transportation to corporate and academic campuses, residential communities, mixed-use developments, and other localized environments.
After demonstrating results with its early customers, including Brookfield Properties, the largest real estate developer in the world, Optimus Ride said that it is poised to expand its commercial deployments both nationally and internationally.
“Sean brings a unique mix of product development and go-to-market leadership experience, which will serve Optimus Ride well as the company transitions from initial technology validation to large scale commercial operations,” said John Tough, Managing Partner of Energize Ventures and Chairman of Optimus Ride’s board of directors.
“We are very excited to welcome Sean to the Optimus Ride team and we look forward to working closely with him.”
Chin said: “I’m incredibly proud of the entire Optimus Ride team and what we have achieved thus far. Now is the right time for me to step aside from the CEO role and bring in an accomplished technology and business leader who can help us fully capitalize on the opportunity we have created.”