Global electric drive expert, Paul Rivera of Ricardo joins CALSTART board of directors

CALSTART, the nation’s leading clean transportation consortium, announced that Ricardo's Paul Rivera has been appointed to its board of directors. Rivera serves as Global Director of Hybrid and Electrical Systems for Ricardo, (www.ricardo.com) a multi-industry consultancy with a focus on engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy. Ricardo recently expanded its business practice in California and is well-positioned to help grow the industry, fulfilling CALSTART’s mission.

“We are very pleased to have Paul joining our Board of Directors. Paul brings a global perspective and has a strong grasp of emerging technology trends and opportunities,” said George Survant, CALSTART Board Chair.

"This appointment shows Ricardo's commitment to hybridization and electrification, as well as a commitment to continued growth in California," commented Thomas Apostolos, president of Ricardo, Inc. "We believe that our expansion in California will bring tremendous value to our clients - not only those in California, but also to customers across the US and internationally who are working towards clean transportation."

“I am honored to have been nominated to the board of directors of CALSTART," added Rivera. "Ricardo’s innovative technologies in hybridization, electrification, and CNG engines provide a solid foundation to help CALSTART in its endeavors to reduce greenhouse emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels.”

Rivera joins a board comprised of industry leaders from fleets, fuel and tech suppliers, and regulatory officials, including representatives from Time Warner Cable, Westport, Inc., BAE Systems, and Capricorn Investments LLC.

In other board news, CALSTART announced that Puon Penn, Senior Vice President and head of the National Clean Tech and Emerging Tech Markets for Wells Fargo, has accepted an officer position as Vice Chair of the CALSTART Board of Directors. Penn is stepping in for the former Vice Chair, Jane Warner of American Lung Association in California, who passed away in September. Mike Britt, Director of Maintenance and Engineering for UPS, is now Secretary of the Board.

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