Zoox Inc., the self-driving car startup company, has hired Aicha Evans, a former Intel Corp. executive, as their new Chief Executive Officer only a few months after Zoox Co-Founder, Tim Kentley-Klay, left.
Evans spent 12 years at Intel, and was most recently a senior vice president and chief strategy officer at the giant chipmaker. She will start Feb. 26 as Zoox CEO and a board member, the Foster City, California-based company said Monday in a statement.
Zoox fired Kentley-Klay in August, which the Australian native said came “without a warning, cause or right of reply.” Kentley-Klay took to Twitter to criticize the board for their decision, charging that the directors were “optimizing for a little money in hand at the expense of profound progress.”
Zoox raised an additional $500 million last July, giving it a $3.2 billion valuation at time. Instead of retro-fitting existing cars with fancy sensors and smart software, Kentley-Klay and co-founder Jesse Levinson, have said they wanted to make an autonomous vehicle from the ground up. The startup aims to create a fully driverless vehicle ready for the road by 2020.
“Mobility is approaching a major inflection point, and Zoox has set itself apart from entrenched players as the only company creating a solution purpose-built to meet the needs of a fully autonomous future,” Evans said in the statement. “I look forward to helping the company’s exceptionally talented team continue to grow as we unlock more technical and commercial milestones.”
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