GM’s BrightDrop adds execs from Lyft, Postmates, Nio

DETROIT — BrightDrop, General Motors’ electrical van-powered items and supply service, has appointed executives from Lyft, Postmates and Nio to fill out its management group.

BrightDrop has named Anthony Armenta as chief know-how officer, Rachad Youssef as chief product officer, Shaluinn Fullove as chief individuals officer and Steve Hornyak as chief income officer, the company mentioned in a statement Tuesday.

The appointments are efficient instantly.

“Their robust backgrounds — spanning robotics, autonomy and machine learning — will enable us to accelerate our vision of delivering better cities while helping decarbonize the last mile of delivery,” mentioned Travis Katz, BrightDrop CEO, mentioned within the assertion.

Armenta, Youssef and Fullove will work out of BrightDrop’s San Francisco Bay Area places of work, and Hornyak will probably be primarily based in Atlanta.

BrightDrop plans to launch the EV600 van later this year, initially built by a supplier in Livonia, Mich., earlier than it strikes to GM’s meeting plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, subsequent year. BrightDrop’s first dealerships are slated to open this year.

FedEx Express signed on as BrightDrop’s first customer in January, beginning with about 500 EV600 orders. FedEx is also piloting BrightDrop’s EP1 electrical pallet, which permits supply drivers to extra simply transport items from the automobile to clients’ doorways.

Armenta will lead BrightDrop’s know-how imaginative and prescient and technique. From August 2019 till this January, he was vice chairman of software engineering at Postmates, the place he led robotics, autonomy, fleetware and infrastructure groups to build Postmates’ robotic sidewalk supply platform.

Youssef will lead the design, growth and administration of BrightDrop’s merchandise, software and companies as chief product officer. His most up-to-date put up was vice chairman of software product administration for Nio, the place he was answerable for the autonomous-vehicle street map and reimagining the in-cabin expertise.

Fullove, BrightDrop’s chief individuals officer, beforehand was international head of individuals for autonomous know-how and rideshare platforms at Lyft. Before that, she was with Google for 17 years, the place she was a founding group member of the Book Search and AdSense companies.

Before becoming a member of BrightDrop as chief income officer, Hornyak was chief industrial officer at Fabric, which builds multitenant and personal networks of automated micro-fulfillment facilities.

At BrightDrop, Hornyak plans to develop the company’s gross sales and advertising and marketing technique and companion with clients to develop a brand new supply service.

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