PHOENIX, June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA), a global leader in zero-emissions and infrastructure solutions, today announced the addition of two industry veterans to its executive team.
Pablo Koziner will lead Nikola's hydrogen fueling and battery charging business as president of Nikola Energy. Koziner's extensive global energy and distribution services experience is derived from his more than 18 years at Caterpillar Inc. where he served as president of Solar Turbines, vice president of Electric Power, and in various roles in North and South America leading dealer relations.
Mark Duchesne joins the Nikola team as global head of manufacturing. As a 22-year veteran of Toyota and five-year veteran of Tesla, Duchesne brings extensive experience in the planning, development, building and operating of manufacturing facilities across the globe. Duchesne's hire comes at a critical time as Nikola accelerates towards the production launch of its Class 8 Nikola Tre BEV in Ulm, Germany with joint venture partner IVECO, and breaks ground on its Coolidge, Ariz. manufacturing facility.
"The addition of Pablo Koziner and Mark Duchesne to the Nikola executive team advances our ability to execute against ambitious manufacturing and infrastructure plans," said Nikola's Chief Executive Officer Mark Russell. "We have commenced strategic infrastructure and manufacturing work at locations across the globe, and with Pablo and Mark in place we have the additional leadership to execute with even greater focus and discipline."
About Nikola Corporation
Nikola Corporation is globally transforming the transportation industry. As a designer and manufacturer of battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, electric vehicle drivetrains, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and hydrogen station infrastructure, Nikola is driven to revolutionize the economic and environmental impact of commerce as we know it today. Founded in 2015, Nikola Corporation is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit nikolamotor.com or Twitter @nikolamotor.
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