MEET THE TEAM
Executive Leadership

Tim Krauskopf CEO

Tim Krauskopf is a visionary, experienced, and entrepreneurial executive. Most recently, Krauskopf was the Global Executive Director at AREPA, a global equipment restoration company. Before that, Krauskopf held multiple C-Suite positions with Arrington Performance, Magnuson Products, Freight Zone, Gemini Traffic Sales, and Round Lake Freight. Krauskopf’s most significant success was co-founding Spyglass, Inc., where he also served as CTO and Vice President of Research & Development. His team built the foundation for the original Internet Explorer and licensed it to Microsoft. Spyglass offered an IPO (NASDAQ: SPYG) in 1995, becoming the first Internet software company to go public. Krauskopf holds a BA degree in Integrated Science from Northwestern University, an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. Krauskopf is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Jim Castelaz Founder & CTO

Jim is a leading electric vehicle entrepreneur, trained as an electrical engineer with expertise in power and embedded systems. As founder and CTO, Jim champions Motiv’s vision to Free Fleets from Fossil Fuels – a vision that summarizes his professional and personal passion. He has led Motiv from an idea in his living room to becoming the US market leader in common-platform electric truck and bus chassis. Having raised over $70M for Motiv to date, Jim’s experience includes capital formation, government grants, developing IP portfolios and building a world-class team aligned around a shared purpose. Jim holds an MSEE from Stanford University and BS in Engineering and Economics from Harvey Mudd College.

Prasad Ramakrishnan COO

Prasad Ramakrishnan is Motiv’s Chief Operating Officer focusing on operational excellence and ensuring engineering, manufacturing, and quality processes provide customer-focused, robust, reliable, and profitable products at high-volume. Prasad is a global leader and turnaround specialist with expertise across functions in renewable energy, mobility, power and fashion consumer product industries.  During his career, he held global or regional operational leadership roles in Ford, Triumph International, Alstom and General Electric while living and working in four continents. He is passionate about consistently and inclusively developing leaders and teams, and combining social and economic impact. He teaches and has developed executive education programs at the Swiss Federal Tech University (ETH) in Zurich and Babson College in Boston. Prasad holds bachelor’s degrees in Physics & Electrical Engineering, master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering & Personnel Administration, and is a Saïd Business School alumnus of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme.

Kristen Magnuson CFO

Kristen Magnuson serves at Motiv’s Chief Financial Officer where she leads all aspects of financial operations and capital formation efforts. She brings over 30 years of expertise in accelerating growth and maximizing profitability in technology-focused companies through multiple stages of growth, planning, capital markets, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and diverse functional areas across business operations. Kristen has held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as the CFO at Achilles Technology Solutions, Webtrends and JDA Software Group, where she played an instrumental role in exponential revenue growth from $94M to $400M. Prior she was the VP of Financial Planning, Analysis and Retail Systems at Michael’s Stores, which grew from $250M to over a $1B in revenue during her tenure. Kristen has helped raise nearly $1B through capital market transactions during her career and lead M&A efforts in nearly 50 successful acquisitions. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Washington.

Management Team

Mabel Feng Director of Product Management

Ryan Hurst Treasurer

Zuhaib Hussain Controller

Tony Luna Director of Support

Shveta Mangal Director of Operations

Ernie Marquez Director of Supply Chain

Anna McKenzie Director of Human Resources

Karl Murphy Director of Advanced & Manufacturing Engineering

Sanjay Patel Director of Application Engineering

Gary Schmidt SVP, Sales and Marketing

Mike Staran Director of Corporate Accounts

Selden Swain SVP, Manufacturing / Supply Chain & Engineering

Steve Vu Director of Quality

Board

Matt O’Leary Executive Chairman

Andy Cunningham Board Member

Alan Henricks Board Member

Paul Savoie Board Member

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