Richard Walker CEO
Richard joins Zero Motorcycles from Control4 Corporation, a leading provider of personalized home automation and control solutions, where he served as Executive Vice President for Product Development and Product Operations. At Conrol4 he was responsible for overseeing product management, engineering, quality, customer training, customer support and supply chain operations. He comes to Zero with an extensive consumer products background having previously been General Manager of Hewlett Packard's $6B consumer desktop PC business unit comprising the HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP TouchSmart product lines. Under his leadership and direction, profit improved significantly and revenues grew 15%.
Richard brings a wealth of global business experience to Zero. He has lived and worked in Europe, North America and Asia. Having developed and executed growth plans for the emerging markets of China, India, Russia and Brazil while at HP, he not only understands the tremendous growth opportunities these countries represent, he also understands the unique challenges of each market. At Zero he takes on the leadership responsibility for establishing the company as the premier global provider of electric motorcycles to consumers and commercial customers.
Abe Askenazi CTO
Abe is a passionate engineer and motorcyclist who did his Master’s Thesis on “The Dynamics of Motorcycles.” Abe worked at Buell Motorcycle Co. for 15 years, where he rose to the position of Sr. Director of Analysis, Test and Engineering Process, reporting to Erik Buell and actively participating in Harley-Davidson Inc.’s Senior Leadership Group. He provided increasing levels of leadership to multi-functional teams in the delivery of 26 high-performance motorcycle models across 4 different platforms, resulting in the production of over 130k vehicles yielding over $1B in sales.
In 2010, Abe was recruited by Zero Motorcycles as VP of Engineering to head the development of a full line of industry-leading, on-road and off-road electric Motorcycles. In 2011, Abe was promoted to the role of Chief Technology Officer and led his team in delivering the first mass-produced electric motorcycles capable of exceeding 100 miles on a single charge, with batteries that last up to 300,000 miles, and with powertrains that are completely maintenance-free.
Abe has numerous patents for motorcycle components and has published a textbook and multiple articles on analytical engineering.
John Borofka CFO
John brings strategic and financial guidance to Zero Motorcycles since joining the company in January of 2010. In addition to overall financial management of the company, John leads the strategic planning and reporting processes. Prior to joining Zero Motorcycles, John worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he assisted clients in tackling their top business issues. His work at the Chicago office of BCG spanned numerous functions including international growth strategies and process redesigns across various industries including consumer and industrial goods. John graduated from Duke University after studying Mechanical Engineering and Economics.
Scot Harden VP of Global Marketing
Scot brings more than 40 years of racing, management, product development and brand building experience in the motorcycle industry to Zero. Inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2008, Scot has amassed 20 different International motorcycle racing titles and more than 200 wins including two SCORE Baja 1000 wins, three SCORE Baja 500 wins and two SCORE Championship titles. Throughout his career Harden has held executive sales, marketing and race team management positions with leading European motorcycle OEMs, including KTM and Husqvarna. His track record for building brands and companies is well known throughout the industry.
Kai Hypko VP of Operations
Kai brings over 20 years of high tech and consumer electronics supply chain and operations management experience to Zero Motorcycles. An energetic and passionate leader, he has worked at Siemens, Plantronics and Finisar serving in various procurement, planning and operations roles. His international experience spans the globe and is fundamental in developing Zero’s worldwide sourcing and operations footprint.
A nationally recognized expert on supply chain and operational excellence, Kai frequently speaks at forums and is often mentioned in industry publications. As a lifelong motorcycle and automobile devotee and recent battery propulsion convert he is excited to share this enthusiasm with Zero Motorcycles.
Jay Friedland VP of Strategy and Sustainability
Working with Congress as well as consumers, industry, and environmental leaders, Jay helped drive the inclusion of over $14B in US government funding for plug-in vehicles, including the 10% US Federal Tax Credit for electric motorcycles, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Jay also serves as the Legislative Director of Plug In America, advocating for policy which broadly supports electric and plug-in vehicles. A self-described serial entrepreneur, he has built successful companies as well as developing key industry alliances between companies both large and small.