General Motors (GM) announced this week that it will be adding Jon McNeill to its board of 13 directors. McNeill brings extensive executive experience with Lyft and Tesla to the table, working as COO in the former and president of global sales, delivery, and service in the latter. The auto-industry veteran is currently CEO of venture capital firm DVx Ventures, having co-founded the company in 2020 to support startup businesses in the U.S.
Mary Barra, the CEO and Chair of GM, stated in a press release “Jon’s passion for customers and track record driving growth in the transportation sector will be a tremendous asset to GM as we accelerate toward an all-electric future.” She added, “His experience driving constructive disruption to grow businesses and his commitment to making a positive impact on society will be invaluable.”
GM is shifting its focus to the electric vehicle (EV) market in response to political pressures to decarbonise operations and respond to rising the consumer demand for electric cars. It aims to beat Tesla in EV sales by the mid-decade and to offer exclusively EVs by 2035.
McNeill stated about his acceptance of the role “GM is rapidly changing to meet the world’s need for cleaner and safer transportation and they’re uncovering new growth opportunities with every hardware and software innovation they’re introducing.”