GM taps former Tesla, Lyft executive to join board as automaker prepares to scale EV production

GM taps former Tesla, Lyft executive to join its board

General Motors announced that it is appointing Jonathon McNeill to its board of directors. He is a former Tesla and Lyft executive and will be a significant addition to GM as the brand is scaling up electric vehicles. The news comes a day after the company released record third-quarter delivery results for its EVs.

GM taps former Tesla, Lyft executive to join board as automaker prepares to scale  EV production
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Jonathon McNeill is a venture capital investor and CEO of DVx Ventures, a startup that aims to grow businesses “that will have a positive impact on the world.” However, McNeill may be best known for his roles at Tesla and Lyft, driving “significant growth” for the companies during critical growth stages, according to GM. He joined Tesla as president of global sales, delivery, and service in 2015 and left to become the chief operating officer at Lyft in 2018.

Meanwhile, GM is preparing for an all-electric future as the company pushes its “EVs for everyone” strategy. The strategy includes offering affordable electric vehicles and an EV model for any driver. McNeill’s appointment to the board is particularly interesting as GM’s CEO Mary Barra has insisted the automaker will catch Tesla in EV sales by 2025. GM’s leader Mary has high praise for the new board member. “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.”

Record quarter results

The automaker expects another record quarter in Q4 and into 2023 as GM scales its production capabilities with several notable releases, such as the Chevy Silverado EV, Chevy Blazer EV, and Chevy Equinox EV coming next year. Mary believes McNeill’s experience can help them while they scale operations. Claimed, “His experience driving constructive disruption to grow businesses and his commitment to making a positive impact on society will be invaluable as we reimagine how our customers and communities move through the world.”

Although the board of directors generally plays an insignificant role in day-to-day operations, McNeill did contribute in some way to the tremendous success of both Tesla and Lyft during crucial times. He is now being called upon to assist GM while it undergoes one of the most significant transformations in the company’s history. At the same time, GM’s dream of catching and surpassing Tesla might be a tough one to achieve. Tesla just announced it delivered a record 343,000 EVs in the third quarter, compared to around 15,000 from GM. GM will likely gain on the current EV leader with several highly-anticipated EV releases on deck.