Lordstown Motors Corp., a US electric vehicle manufacturer focused on the commercial fleet market, has announced several key executive appointments designed to strengthen the company’s senior leadership team. Edward T. Hightower, the company’s President, has been elected to the additional role of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Hightower will also continue to serve as CEO of MIH EV Design LLC, Lordstown’s product development joint venture with Foxconn.
He has also been elected to the Board of Directors.
Daniel A. Ninivaggi was also elected to serve as Executive Chairman of the Board of Lordstown Motors. In this role, he will focus on corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and capital raising.
Lordstown is developing light duty commercial fleet vehicles, with the Endurance all electric pick-up truck as its first vehicle being launched in the Lordstown, Ohio facility.
Hightower says: “We now have a focused leadership team with vast experience in developing, launching and commercializing vehicles. I’ve just returned from two weeks in Taiwan meeting with Foxconn and exploring our joint product development opportunities. I look forward to strengthening our partnership and confirming our first vehicle program over the next several months. The LMC team also remains laser focused on launching the Endurance this quarter, with commercial deliveries expected in the fourth quarter.”
Ninivaggi adds: “Since joining Lordstown Motors, recruiting an experienced and talented management team has been a key priority. With the recent closing of the Foxconn transactions and the launch of our new Foxconn joint venture, Lordstown Motors has shifted to a more engineering and product development focused OEM. With over 30 years of automotive experience and having made significant contributions to the Endurance launch preparation and Foxconn transactions, Edward is the perfect person to lead the company and launch our product development efforts with Foxconn.”
Lordstown Motors has corporate, engineering, and research and development facilities in Lordstown, Ohio, Farmington Hills, Mich. and Irvine, Calif.