Padmasree Warrior Appointed as the CEO of NextEV U.S.
Warrior to Lead Global Software Development and User Experience and Join the Board of Directors for NextEV
SAN JOSE, CA and SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwired - December 16, 2015) - Today, NextEV announced Padmasree Warrior as the Chief Development Officer of NextEV, and Chief Executive Officer of their United States company. Warrior is a technology industry veteran, most recently serving as Cisco's Chief Technology and Strategy Officer. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Motorola. In addition to her appointment to the NextEV board, Warrior currently serves on the boards of Box, Gap and Microsoft.
"Padmasree Warrior's track record as a technology visionary is undisputed," stated William Li, Founder and Chairman of NextEV. "Padma's knowledge of the global markets and her business acumen are surpassed only by her ability to lead distributed teams of engineers and developers toward a common goal. Her passion for technology and the positive impact it can have on humanity aligns well with the core values of NextEV as we build the first user-enterprise. NextEV's global team is comprised of the best minds from the automotive, software and user experience domains. We will leverage leading edge technologies to deliver world-class products to global consumers."
"I am excited to join NextEV," stated Warrior. "I've always looked for opportunities to leverage technology to tackle big problems. Climate change and air quality are two of the most significant global challenges today. I believe that electric vehicles will play a major role in the overall solution. As the electric vehicle industry emerges, there is a tremendous opportunity to provide a user-centric transportation experience. By integrating advanced technologies in the mobile Internet era, NextEV will make electric vehicles an enjoyable experience in people's daily life. I am proud to be a part of this journey."
NextEV will provide a desirable and affordable zero-emission vehicle that will help achieve the recent commitment by California, and 12 other North American and European governments, for all new cars to be zero-emission by 2050, as well as California's Executive Order to deploy 1.5 million ZEVs by 2025, and California's goal to reduce California's petroleum use by up to 50% by 2030.
NextEV President Dr. Martin Leach commented, "The car industry is going through its most fundamental change. Electric vehicles with smart technology and connectivity are the future. Software continues to grow in importance, and digital touch points will become the key part of the user experience. Padma's vision and experience will help us deliver the next generation product and user experiences in the mobile Internet era."
ABOUT NextEV : NextEV is much more than a car company. NextEV designs and develops smart, high-performance, electric vehicles with an aim to be the first "User Enterprise" in the world. Our mission is to provide an enjoyable lifestyle for the users. NextEV smart electric vehicles promise to re-define the entire user-experience -- delivering enjoyment beyond expectations. NextEV was founded with funding from enterprises and entrepreneurs including Tencent; Bitauto.com founder William Li; autohome.com.cn founder Xiang Li; JD.com founder Richard Liu, and investment firms including Hillhouse Capital; Sequoia Capital and JOY Capital. NextEV is headquartered in Shanghai, with design, research and development centers in San Jose, Munich, Beijing, Hong Kong and London.
NextEV has already recruited hundreds of world-class R&D and design experts from around the world with significant technology and management background from leading automobile and high tech conglomerates. William Li is the Founder and Chairman of NextEV, and Founder of BITAUTO, China's largest automotive Internet company. Dr. Martin Leach is the President of NextEV. Before joining NextEV, Dr. Leach was the CEO of Maserati; President of Ford Europe; and Corporate Vice President and Managing Director for Mazda.
More information on NextEV can be found at www.nextev.com
PADMASREE WARRIOR BIOGRAPHY
Chief Executive Officer, NextEV, U.S.
Chief Development Officer, NextEV
Board Member, NextEV
Padmasree Warrior is Chief Executive Officer of NextEV, U.S. She also serves as the Chief Development Officer of NextEV, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. In these capacities, she is responsible for the brains of NextEV's autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She is based in San Jose, CA where NextEV US is headquartered.
Previously, Warrior served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining Cisco, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology.
Padmasree Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50 Women to Watch."Â Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People in Business."Â The Â Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global Indian."
Warrior holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
In addition to NextEV's board, Warrior serves on the boards of Box, GAP and Microsoft.
Warrior is married and has a son. You can follow her on Twitter @Padmasree.
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