Ned Curic, Vice President of Amazon’s Alexa Automotive, will join Stellantis as Chief Technology Officer on August 30th.
The automakers announced the new hires on Tuesday, marking the latest round of talent exchanges between the automotive and tech industries as the sectors converge with the advent of connected, autonomous and electric vehicles.
GM is adding four new executives to its BrightDrop EV commercial delivery and logistics business The company announced this in January. According to GM, the new hires are effective immediately:
- Anthony Armenta, former Vice President of Engineering at Postmates, will become Chief Technology Officer.
- Rachad Youssef, formerly Vice President of Software Product Management at a Chinese start-up for electric vehicles Nio, becomes Chief Product Officer.
- Shaluinn Fullove, formerly Global Head of People for Autonomous Technology and Ridesharing at Lyft, will join as Chief People Officer.
- Steve Hornyak, formerly Fabric’s chief commercial officer, will become chief revenue officer.
Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, has hired Ned Curic, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa Automotive, as the company’s first chief technology officer was created through a merger by Fiat Chrysler and French automaker PSA Groupe in January.
“Ned comes to us at the perfect time to shape Stellantis in the context of an unprecedented change in our industry,” said Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, in a statement.
With the advent of connected vehicles and companies on both sides researching and developing autonomous vehicles, the automotive and technology industries are increasingly battling for talent. Automotive start-up companies like Clear and Rivian are also competing for top talent from both sectors.
Tech companies have won over the past few years. Ford engine lost his chief technology officer earlier this month to Amazon as well as two marketing executives at Google and Facebook in 2020. GM also recently lost CFO Dhivya Suryadevara to the digital payment company Stripe. Previously, Alicia Boler Davis – who led GM’s global manufacturing – went to Amazon.
General Motors plans to launch a new all-electric van called the EV600 by the end of this year. The first 500 vehicles are sold to FedEx.