EV maker Smith Electric names former Cadillac boss to board, names new president
EV producer Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. appointed former General Motors executive and one-time Cadillac chief John F. Smith to its board of directors, and promoted chief technology officer Robin Mackie to president.
John Smith worked at GM for 42 years. He led the Cadillac brand as well as GM's Allison Transmission division, which was sold in 2007. He retired from the automaker in 2010 as group vice president of corporate planning and alliances.
Smith is currently principal of Eagle Advisors, a consulting firm in suburban Detroit, and COO of Global Fuelbox, a fuel technology start-up based in Beverly Hills, Calif. He also serves on the board of directors of Detroit-based supplier American Axle & Manufacturing Holding Inc.
Smith Electric CEO Bryan Hansel said John Smith's "broad experience in corporate strategy, global product planning and executive leadership will offer valuable guidance to Smith as we continue to expand our business globally."
Smith Electric, based in Kansas City, Mo., produces a variety of all-electric commercial vehicles, including delivery trucks and buses.
Mackie was a founder and director of Smith's U.S. operations, and has sat on the company's board of directors since 2009. The company said he will continue to perform his duties as CTO as president.
"His skills in technology and product development, as well as operations and process engineering, will serve Smith well as we expand our footprint globally," Hansel said.
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