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Rivian announces five new executive appointments

Self-driving, electric vehicle developer Rivian has announced five appointments to its executive team, as the company prepares to launch its first premium electric adventure vehicles and services in 2020.

  • Mark Vinnels has joined the company as Executive Director of Engineering and Vehicle Programs. He will be responsible for product development, engineering and program execution. He was previously the executive program director at McLaren from 2004 to 2017, responsible for all McLaren’s road cars.
  • Ryan Green has been named Chief Financial Officer and will lead the company’s finance and accounting functions. Green joins Rivian with a background in corporate finance and was most recently the CFO of Harley Davidson’s Financial Services company in North America.
  • Matt Tall has been named Vice President of Manufacturing and will lead both plant operations and advanced manufacturing at Rivian's assembly plant located in Normal, Illinois. Tall has extensive manufacturing experience and was the plant manager at AM General’s plant in Indiana responsible for the assembly of the Mercedes-Benz R-Class.
  • Christopher Brown has been named Chief Commercial Officer and will oversee Rivian's future sales, distribution and service operations. Brown has extensive global experience in all aspects of automotive commercial operations, having held senior leadership positions with Nissan, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover in the U.S., China and the Middle East.
  • The company has also named Neil Sitron as general counsel. Sitron brings deep experience in US and international private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate compliance and governance, and securities transactions.

“We are excited to welcome these leaders to Rivian’s growing high-performance team,” said RJ Scaringe, founder and chief executive officer of Rivian.

“All five have a proven track record and most importantly, a passion and curiosity that will drive success. These appointments underscore Rivian’s ability to attract the top talent needed to advance the industry’s shift to electric, autonomous and shared mobility.”