ElectraMeccanica appoints Dave Shemmans to its board of directors
By Canadian Manufacturing
VANCOUVER — On Aug. 24, ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, announced the appointment of Dave Shemmans, a U.K.-based sustainability and transportation industry executive, to its Board of Directors as an independent director, effective Monday, August 23, 2021. Shemmans has served as the CEO of Ricardo PLC for the past 16 years, where he transitioned the company from a limited automotive engineering business to a multi-sector engineering and environmental consultancy.
Dave Shemmans brings to ElectraMeccanica a range of experience in the transportation industry with direct involvement developing global businesses around innovation and technologies, primarily focused on electrification and decarbonization. Shemmans previously co-founded Wavedriver, an electric vehicle powertrain company, which he led through two funding rounds from patented concept to production, delivering electric and hybrid vehicle demonstrators into Brazil, Australia, Italy, and the UK.
Shemmans holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology and an Executive Certification from Harvard Business School.
“We believe Dave’s direct experience leading electrified automotive product development and his demonstrated ability to scale new technologies into global markets will make him instrumental in our future product evolution,” said ElectraMeccanica President and CEO Paul Rivera. “In addition, his entrepreneurial background, augmented by his sixteen-year tenure at the helm of a U.K.-based, publicly-traded company, delivers a solid foundation for him to help us execute against our worldwide growth strategy as well as provide guidance on corporate governance.”
Shemmans added: “Right now is an exciting and important time in ElectraMeccanica’s progression. With the impacts of climate change visibly around us, there is a compelling need for decarbonized, electrified vehicles within commercial and consumer markets. Moreover, with the pandemic’s ongoing impact to mass transportation and general congestion in city centers, the SOLO presents a clear and viable alternative for individual and fleet-based transportation globally. I look forward to working alongside Paul and the rest of the board to address these major market opportunities and realize the Company’s vision of a SOLO revolution.”
The Company would also like to announce that Peter Savagian will be resigning and stepping down from the Board of Directors of ElectraMeccanica to pursue other obligations effective August 23, 2021.
With these changes, ElectraMeccanica’s board composition remains at eight directors, four of whom are independent.