GM hires Nio and Lyft executives; Stellantis poaches Amazon VP

Ned Curic, vice president of Amazon’s Alexa Automotive will sign up for Stellantis as main technology officer on Aug. 30.


Automakers Standard Motors and Stellantis have poached executives from several technologies providers, including Amazon and Lyft, as the industries go on to vie for top expertise.

The automakers introduced the hires Tuesday, marking the latest spherical of expertise swaps among the automotive and technology industries as the sectors converge with the emergence of connected, autonomous and electric motor vehicles.

GM is including four new executives to its BrightDrop EV commercial delivery and logistics business, which the firm declared in January. The new hires are successful straight away, according to GM:

  • Anthony Armenta, formerly Postmates’ vice president of engineering, will be main technological innovation officer.
  • Rachad Youssef, previously vice president of application item administration at Chinese electric powered car begin-up Nio, will be chief product officer.
  • Shaluinn Fullove, previously Lyft’s global head of persons for autonomous technological know-how and rideshare platforms, will be part of as main men and women officer.
  • Steve Hornyak, formerly chief professional officer at Material, will come to be chief revenue officer.

Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, reported it has employed Ned Curic, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa Automotive, as its 1st main technology officer because the enterprise was fashioned by a merger of Fiat Chrysler and French automaker PSA Groupe in January.

“Ned joins us at the excellent time to form Stellantis in the context of unprecedented shift of our field,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares stated in a assertion.

Curic, who earlier worked at Toyota Motor and Microsoft, will commence with Stellantis on Aug. 30.

The automotive and engineering industries are significantly battling for expertise with the emergence of connected vehicles and companies from both equally sides studying and developing autonomous autos. Automotive start out-up organizations this kind of as Lucid and Rivian also are vying for top rated talent from each sectors.

Tech businesses have been winning in the latest many years. Ford Motor misplaced its main technological innovation officer earlier this thirty day period to Amazon as effectively as two marketing and advertising executives to Google and Facebook in 2020. GM last also misplaced CFO Dhivya Suryadevara to digital payments business Stripe. In advance of that, Alicia Boler Davis — who led GM’s world producing — left for Amazon.

General Motors plans to start a new all-electric powered van called the EV600 by the conclude of this year. The to start with 500 automobiles will be bought to FedEx.