ChargePoint Appoints Former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner to Board of Directors
A leader at one of the world’s largest automakers for more than three decades, Wagoner oversaw more than $185B in revenues, second among all U.S. companies
Campbell, Calif. (USA) – April 6, 2017 – ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, today announced the appointment of Rick Wagoner to its Board of Directors. Wagoner is an automotive industry leader, having held various management positions at General Motors (GM) around the world for more than three decades. He became the youngest president and chief executive officer (CEO) in GM’s history in 2000 and was appointed to chairman and CEO in 2003, tasked with addressing several long-term challenges while creating new growth opportunities. Wagoner brings deep automotive industry and business expertise to the ChargePoint board, coupled with an acute awareness of the importance of e-mobility in the future of transportation.
“Rick brings decades of expertise from the automotive business to the ChargePoint board, having led one of the world’s largest companies,” said Pasquale Romano, president and CEO, ChargePoint, Inc. “He has accumulated a deep level of industry experience overseeing the development of some of the most iconic automotive products while tackling big challenges in business. This, along with his knowledge of large, complex ecosystems, makes him a valuable asset to the ChargePoint team as we continue our mission to make it possible for everyone to drive electric.”
“I’ve been a student of the auto industry for more than four decades and I’m excited to see it at the threshold of its largest transformation since its founding,” said Wagoner. “The time for electric mobility has finally arrived, the important drivers of EV growth currently coming together and it’s clear that charging infrastructure will be one of the key factors in the success and growth of EVs. I’m eager to work with ChargePoint as the company continues to develop charging solutions to support the significant growth of the electric vehicle market.”
Wagoner is an advisor to and investor in a number of startups and early stage companies, including several in the automotive space. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Graham Holdings, Invesco and Aleris Corporation. Recently, Wagoner served as chairman of Dematic Holdings and a director at Rivian Automotive, among other appointments. In addition to actively participating in many boards and advisory positions, he is an honorary member of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council and formerly served as a member of The Business Roundtable and The Business Council.
Wagoner is a graduate of Duke University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.