Proterra announces changes to executive team

The US-American electric bus manufacturer is making changes to the team at the top as it appoints a new President and interim CFO.

Proterra promoted Gareth Joyce, who currently serves as President of the Powered and Energy business units, to President of Proterra. In addition, Chief Financial Officer Amy Ard will depart the company following a transition period. A.J. Cederoth has been appointed Interim CFO.

Joyce has been with Proterra since 2020, when he was hired on from Delta Airlines, where he had worked as Chief Sustainability Officer and President of Cargo and Airport Customer Services, before taking over overseeing “the Company’s growing business as a leading provider of electric vehicle technology to commercial vehicle manufacturers and charging infrastructure solutions for commercial fleets”. He also worked with Mercedes-Benz throughout South Africa, Europe, and North America, as Vice President of Customer Service for Mercedes-Benz North America, and finally as the President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada.

“We are pleased to have a leader with Gareth’s dynamic skill set and proven track record of performance taking on the role of President during this important time for our Company,” said Jack Allen, Proterra’s Chairman and CEO. “Gareth has already played a significant role driving growth across our company as more commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators choose zero-emission commercial electric vehicles that are powered by Proterra. We believe that expanding his responsibilities in this new role will help the Company capitalize on the significant opportunities ahead to advance our mission and drive sustainable, long-term value for all our stakeholders.”

“During the past year, we have demonstrated significant momentum across our business, and I believe that our best-in-class technology and commitment to innovation have us well-positioned to meet the growing EV demands of our customers, now and in the future,” added Gareth Joyce.

Soon-to-be-former CFO Amy Ard will step down from her role on September 15, 2021, “before departing Proterra over the next few months”. She is to work closely with interim-CFO A.J. Cederoth before her official departure. Why she is leaving is not entirely clear. However, the company notes “that Ms Ard’s departure is not the result of any disagreement regarding Proterra’s financial reporting or accounting.”


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