LORDSTOWN – Lordstown Motors today announced several leadership appointments aimed at focusing the company’s resources on its key short-term objectives: marketing the Endurance pickup truck, expanding its strategic partnership with Hon Hai Precision Industries (Foxconn) and strengthening its engineering capabilities for future development vehicles.
Edward T. Hightower, a seasoned automotive executive, has been appointed President of Lordstown Motors effective November 29, 2021. He has 30 years of experience in product development, engineering, manufacturing, trading and leadership roles. direction between Ford, BMW and GM. He led GM’s $ 15 billion global crossover business as executive chief engineer and vehicle line manager. At BMW, he helped drive sales, market share and profitability of the 5 Series in the United States to record levels. He is currently the Managing Director of Motoring Ventures LLC and has advised Lordstown as a consultant.
Rich Schmidt has stepped down as chairman of Lordstown Motors.
Shea Burns has been appointed Senior Vice President, Operations. In this role, Shea will continue to support the preparation for the launch of Endurance as well as the implementation of the previously announced tentative agreement with Foxconn as a consultant. Burns has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry, including as a Vehicle Launch Manager at Ford Motor Company and Senior Quality Manager and Director of Engineering Operations at Meritor. Burns brings decades of management consulting, engineering, manufacturing and quality consulting experience to the global light vehicle, utility vehicle and off-road equipment industries to Lordstown. He has also led numerous launches at Ford.
Jane Ritson-Parsons, who held the position of Chief Operating Officer, was appointed to the newly created position of Executive Vice President – Chief Commercial Officer. In this role, Ritson-Parsons will develop Lordstown’s business strategy and continue to oversee several corporate functions including: sales, customer service and support, human resources, brand marketing and communications. These executive appointments follow the recent announcement of Adam Kroll as Chief Financial Officer.
“I am delighted to welcome Edward Hightower and Shea Burns to these leadership roles within the Lordstown team as we enter this critical next phase” Lordstown CEO Dan Ninivaggi said. âThey both bring extensive automotive experience and a solid background in engineering, new product development, manufacturing and launch preparation. These skills are particularly important as we pursue not only the launch of Endurance, but also future vehicle development opportunities with Foxconn. I would also like to thank Rich Schmidt for his contribution to Lordstown Motors.