Former GM Executive, Denise Gray Joins Atieva as Vice President
by Atieva, Inc.
Atieva, a leader in electric and hybrid vehicle drivetrains, is pleased to announce that former GM executive Denise Gray has joined the company as Vice President (United States).
Ms. Gray brings 30 years of automotive experience at GM to Atieva. She is best known for her last position at General Motors as Director of Global Battery Systems Engineering. At GM, she was responsible for delivering all battery systems used in General Motor's hybrid and extended-range electric vehicles, including the system used in GM’s flagship clean energy vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt. Denise was instrumental in establishing GM’s Global Battery Systems Group, growing the group from 25 employees to over 200 spread over three continents. Crucial to the development of the acclaimed Volt battery system, the group also developed the second generation Voltec powertrain, the electric drivetrain used in the Chevy Volt and Cadillac Converj.
“Denise’s experience building automotive grade battery systems is unparalleled in the industry. Her knowledge and experience contributed greatly to the success of the Chevy Volt and to the industry as a whole,” said Bernard Tse, CEO and founder of Atieva. “She has brought tremendous value with her to the Atieva team.”
“Denise further enhances what is already an amazing team with tremendous domain expertise,” said Matt Trevithick, Partner at Venrock, the noted venture capital firm and one of Atieva’s largest backers. “Leadership now includes former members of the electric drive teams at Tesla and General Motors. Their combined experience in this emerging sector positions Atieva for continued success as we enter the next phase of growth.”
“Atieva merges high quality automotive engineering with Silicon Valley tenacity and international manufacturing excellence,” said Denise about Atieva. “The company is enabling a wide range of automotive customers to quickly and cost-effectively enter the electric vehicle market with highly reliable products.”
Atieva is a global drivetrain supplier for hybrid, plug-in, and all-electric vehicles. The company’s customers are bus, truck, and auto makers who want to get an electric and hybrid drive technology as quickly to market as possible, with the highest levels of safety, reliability, performance, and longevity.
Atieva is led by a team of top technologists and entrepreneurs who were key members of the electric drive teams at Tesla Motors and GM. The Atieva team has extensive experience in software algorithms and controls, high power electronics, mechanical design, and automated manufacturing.
Atieva is backed by noted clean-tech and automotive investors, such as Venrock, China Environment Fund, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd, and JAFCO Asia.