Executive Leadership

Matt O’Leary Chairman & CEO

Matt O’Leary is the Chairman and CEO of Motiv Power Systems. Before Motiv, Matt had worked at Ford Motor Company for over 38 years. He has extensive global experience in product development, purchasing and finance. He was the Vehicle Line Director, North America Trucks, SUVs and Commercial Vehicles. Prior to that he was the Product Development Director for Ford South America Operations and led the development of the all-new EcoSport and Ka global vehicles. Matt also served as the Director of Corporate Strategy, establishing a strategy process and plan for profitable growth in Asia. Prior to that he served as Chief Engineer, F150/Expedition/Navigator and was responsible for the highly successful, all-new 2009 F150, which won numerous awards including Motor Trend Truck of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, Truck of Texas, JD Power Initial Quality, and Consumer Reports Recommended Buy. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan – Dearborn, and a Master of Science in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jim Castelaz CTO & Founder

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.

Marc Herman COO

Marc Herman is a seasoned business leader with over 30 years’ experience managing technology companies through periods of strong, profitable expansion. Marc has been involved with Motiv since it was founded, and as the Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for ensuring Motiv’s continued growth. During his career, Marc has held leadership roles in numerous technology companies, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Varsity Logistics, Division President at Activant (now Epicor), and Senior Vice President of ADP’s Audatex division where he was responsible for all North American operations, delivering IT and data solutions to 30,000+ clients. Marc holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering (first class honors) from the University of New South Wales.

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

Kash Sethi VP, Sales

Karl Murphy VP, Manufacturing

Ritesh Mehta VP, Engineering

Tony Luna Director of Support

Mike Staran Director of Corporate Accounts

Ernie Marquez Director of Supply Chain

Shveta Mangal Director of Operations

Sanjay Patel Director of Application Engineering

Anna McKenzie Director of Human Resources

Ryan Hurst Director of Business Development and Investor Relations


Andy Cunningham

Alan Henricks

Paul Savoie

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