ChargePoint, an electric vehicle (EV) charging network, has appointed former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner to its board of directors.
According to ChargePoint, Wagoner held various management positions at GM around the world for more than three decades. He became the youngest president and CEO in GM’s history in 2000 and was appointed chairman and CEO in 2003, tasked with addressing several long-term challenges while creating new growth opportunities.
Wagoner brings deep automotive industry and business expertise to the ChargePoint board, coupled with an acute awareness of the importance of e-mobility in the future of transportation.
“Rick brings decades of expertise from the automotive business to the ChargePoint board, having led one of the world’s largest companies,” says Pasquale Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint Inc. “He has accumulated a deep level of industry experience overseeing the development of some of the most iconic automotive products while tackling big challenges in business. This, along with his knowledge of large, complex ecosystems, makes him a valuable asset to the ChargePoint team as we continue our mission to make it possible for everyone to drive electric.”
“The time for electric mobility has finally arrived – the important drivers of EV growth currently coming together – and it’s clear that charging infrastructure will be one of the key factors in the success and growth of EVs,” says Wagoner. “I’m eager to work with ChargePoint as the company continues to develop charging solutions to support the significant growth of the electric vehicle market.”
Wagoner is an advisor to and investor in a number of startups and early stage companies, including several in the automotive space. He currently serves on the board of directors of Graham Holdings, Invesco and Aleris Corp.
Recently, Wagoner served as chairman of Dematic Holdings and a director at Rivian Automotive, among other appointments.
As previously reported, ChargePoint recently secured $82 million in funding, part of a larger multimillion-dollar fundraiser, led by Daimler, to support the expansion of the company’s charging network into Europe.