Self-driving platform developer Aurora has appointed new senior engineering and business leaders, increasing its headcount to 600 staff. As it works to bring its Aurora Driver to market, Aurora has announced it is expanding its leadership team with several new appointments.
David Maday joins Aurora from General Motors as VP of Global Business Development. Maday has a background of building long-lasting partnerships and commercialising automotive technology. With 21 years spent in various leadership positions at General Motors, David most recently led Corporate Development and Global M&A activities, helping to transform the company through transactions and building strategic partnerships to progress the company’s autonomous driving and electrification efforts.
Meanwhile, Stathis Papaefstathiou has joined Aurora as SVP of Software Engineering, bringing technical depth to the company with a particular focus on robotics and machine learning. Papaefstathiou was most recently the SVP of research and development for Cray Inc., where he led the development of the next-generation exascale class supercomputing line, Shasta. He has also spent more than a decade at Microsoft.
The self-driving platform developer has also appointed Richard Tame as VP of Finance. Tame was most recently at Lyft and Facebook, and has experience setting up high-growth companies for long-term growth and financial success. He most recently served as Head of Finance at Lyft, where he led finance support for its large Research and Development and Level 5 self-driving divisions. Prior to that he worked at Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon.