Electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has announced the promotions of several executives in an expansion of the company’s leadership team at its downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
Macy Neshati has been promoted to senior vice president of BYD’s newly created B2B division, which will focus on developing and delivering BYD’s advanced battery electric vehicle technologies to business customers. In this new role, Neshati will oversee the company’s fleet, coach and bus and materials handling units, reporting directly to BYD America President Stella Li. Previously, Neshati led the company’s coach and bus unit.
Micheal Austin, company vice president, has been appointed to lead BYD America’s energy storage business, also reporting directly to Li.
Brendan Riley, now reporting directly to Neshati under the B2B division, has been named vice president of BYD’s newly created materials handling division, which will include technology applications such as electric forklifts, taxis and car sharing. Riley formerly focused on growing the company’s electric trucks division.
Andy Swanton has been appointed to lead the company’s newly created fleet division, which will include BYD electric trucks – a division the company believes is poised for significant growth, particularly in California. Swanton will report to Neshati under the B2B division.
Zach Kahn has been promoted to BYD’s newly created role of government affairs director and will lead BYD’s engagement at the federal, state and local levels. Kahn previously worked in the company’s coach and bus division and will continue to report to Neshati.