EV maker Rivian Automotive Inc. said it has hired a top executive from a major auto supplier as its next COO as the company attemps to get its troubled manufacturing operations back on track.
Rivian has struggled to ramp up production, citing supply chain constraints such as a shortage of semiconductors. To help tackle those production snags, it has chosen Frank Klein, the head of the car-making unit at Canada's Magna International Inc., said the people, who declined to be named.
Rivian confirmed the move on Monday. Klein succeeds Rod Copes, who retired in December.
Klein will be based in Normal, Ill., where Rivian currently produces its vehicles. The company last year said it would locate its second U.S-based manufacturing facility in Georgia. Production at the Georgia plant is slated for 2024.