In an interesting and sudden turn of events, the Self-Driving Startup Company Zoox is all set to welcome its new CEO. Aicha Evans will be taking over as the new CEO of Zoox. Apart from being sworn in as the CEO on February 26th, Aicha will also be joining the board of directors at Zoox.
Prior to joining Zoox, Aicha held the post of Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Intel Corporation. Over a career spanning more than a decade, she has played a lot of notable and influential roles at Intel.
Aicha started in Intel as SW Integration & Test Manager and then moved on to other prominent and leadership oriented roles such as Engineering Manager, General Manager of Mobile Wireless Group, Vice President Wireless Platform R&D, Vice President Platform Engineering Group, Corporate VP at Communication and Devices Group, Senior VP and finally the Corporate Strategy Officer. Before joining Intel, she had also worked as Engineering Manager at Skyworks.
She succeeds the Zoox’s former CEO and Co-Founder Tim Kentley-Klay. According to a report in Forbes, Kentley was fired from Zoox last year. The reasons for the Kentley’s removal still remains unclear.
However, through this Twitter page, Kentley was seen as giving hint into the ‘could be cause’ of termination. His Tweet hinted towards a possible situation that caused conflicts between him and the board thereby resulting in his termination from the company.
Tim Kentley conveyed his best regards for Aich on her new role at Zoox. He also expressed his proudness on leading the company for its first four years. Aicha was also seen as acknowledging Tim’s wishes by mentioning Tim’s role in setting up and establishing Zoox.
Aicha was seen as seen as expressing her excitement on the new position. She mentioned that it is indeed a thrilling experience to join one of the most innovative startups in the self-driving segment focused on building purpose-built vehicles for the nearest future of Self-Driving Cars.
Hiring someone with the expertise level of Aicha in Leadership and Corporate Strategies could be a possible hint to the fact that Zoox is in fact planning to press it hard on in the Self-Driving Segment in 2019.