KARMA ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
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- Karma Adds New Chief Revenue Officer, VP of Strategy and Vehicle Line Engineering, VP of Supply Chain, and VP of Powertrain
- Karma Readies Itself for Rapid Growth with Additions to Executive Leadership Team
- Executive Leadership Team Appointments to Support Karma’s Tech-Focused Future
IRVINE, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2019) – Karma, the Southern California-based high-tech mobility incubator and creator of luxury electric vehicles, today announced executive leadership additions designed to support the company’s growth and path forward as a high-tech incubator and test-bed for emerging innovation.
Effective January 2020, new leadership includes Alan Yuan, Chief Revenue Officer, Junwen Hou, Vice President of Strategy and Vehicle Line Engineering, Kimberly Buhl, Vice President of Supply Chain and Vlad Kalika, Vice President of Powertrain.
“Karma’s technology-focused strategy has attracted some of the industry’s most innovative and entrepreneurial talent,” says Karma CEO Dr. Lance Zhou. “Each of our new executives’ deep knowledge in their respective fields will support Karma’s unified vision as we usher in an exciting new era of high-tech mobility.”
As CRO, Yuan will lead Karma’s Go to Market (GTM) teams and oversee the management, building and acceleration of Karma’s multiple revenue channels. Yuan is responsible for innovative global sales, brand and marketing. A proven entrepreneur and executive with more than 20 years of experience co-founding and managing start-up companies, Yuan has twice brought new energy companies to become global leading players. He has held roles as CSO and CMO for a multi-billion-dollar new energy company in China and was VP of Global Sales for several NASDAQ traded new energy and semiconductor companies. Yuan reports directly to Zhou.
“The mobility industry is undergoing a rapid shift; vehicles are becoming more intelligent, sustainable and safer than ever before,” says Yuan. “Karma, being a nimble startup, has tremendous potential to not only position itself ahead of the curve, but also leverage its resources to support other partners, startups and OEMs as they develop future mobility solutions that consumers of tomorrow will come to expect.”
As VLE and VP of Strategy, Hou will direct Karma’s technical teams, interface with high-level design teams, integrate current, next-generation technology, advance engineering, and be an integral part of future vehicle launches. Hou will manage all automotive engineering programs with manufacturing assembly, vehicle integration, development and engineering. Hou joins Karma from Hybrid Kinetic Motors Corp where he was Senior VP of Powertrain Engineering. He has extensive experience developing battery technology, micro turbine range extenders, as well as developing EREV and BEV systems for passenger cars. Hou reports to Kevin Pavlov, Karma’s recently appointed COO.
“Karma’s EREV and BEV platforms, engineering, design, customization and manufacturing capabilities will serve as a vital resource in our 2020 strategy, and beyond,” says Hou. “I look forward to leading our talented team of Karma innovators as we develop future vehicle programs and leverage new technologies.”
As VP of Supply Chain, Buhl will lead Karma’s Supply Chain group including Purchasing, Supplier Quality and Logistics Control. Her technical excellence in information systems and process engineering, and demonstrated ability to negotiate and manage multi-million-dollar contracts will help drive operational excellence in Karma’s supply chain, as Buhl sets strategies oriented toward efficiency and responsiveness. Buhl comes to Karma from Shiloh Industries, where she served as Vice President of Purchasing & Supply Chain Management, amassing over 20 years of diversified purchasing and SQA experience at both the OEM and Tier 1 level throughout her career. Prior to Shiloh Industries, Buhl also served as Executive Director of North America Purchasing Fluid Pressure Controls and Magna Electronics at Magna International. Buhl also reports to Pavolv, Karma’s new COO.
“2020 is an important year for Karma; we are entering a period of rapid growth and operational excellence is integral to the fulfillment of Karma’s growing business strategy,” says Buhl, Karma VP of Supply Chain. “As Karma develops new product and vehicle programs, an optimized supply chain will ensure future scalability and diversification of our business model.”
As VP of Powertrain, Kalika will lead the design and engineering of all powertrain and EV drivetrain systems, encompassing all phases of product development from architecture to production launch. Kalika has a breadth of experience with EREV and BEV powertrains in addition to start-up experience from Wrightspeed, a Silicon Valley-based powertrain company focused on EREV powertrains for the heavy-duty market. He has also managed product development programs at Cummins and directed engineering efforts at PTG Water & Energy and Bloom Energy. Vlad will report to Karma’s newly appointed Chief Technology Officer, who will be announced early Q1.
“Electrification is gaining traction in both domestic and international markets, and Karma’s leading EREV and BEV powertrains offer the best of both solutions,” says Kalika. “I look forward to working with Karma’s talented engineering team as we develop vehicle technologies equipped for the future.”
Southern California-based Karma is more than just a car company. Although we are best known as a creator of soul-stirring luxury electric vehicles, Karma has emerged as a high-tech incubator offering innovators a perfect platform to prove their emerging technologies. Founded in 2014, Karma is reinventing the traditional retail-based automotive business model by opening its engineering, design, customization and manufacturing resources to other companies looking to speed product development, access new technology, or make their products more luxurious. The Revero GT is a luxury electric vehicle powered by dual electric motors that embodies Karma’s goals of offering leading automotive design, technology, customization and an outstanding customer experience. Our retail partners in North America are now delivering the Revero GT to retail customers and will begin offering a performance-version of that car, the Revero GTS, during the first quarter of 2020. Every Revero is created with great individual care and world-class craftsmanship at the Karma Innovation and Customization Center in Moreno Valley, Calif. For more information, visit www.karmaautomotive.com, or www.karmanewsroom.com.
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