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 and product management of a full line of industry‑leading, on- 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 160 km on a single charge, with batteries that last up to 480,000 km, 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.
Curt Sacks CFO
Curt comes to Zero Motorcycles, having previously served as Chief Financial Officer for both GigOptix, Inc. and Endwave Corporation. He has over 20 years of progressive financial and management experience working both at public and private companies, and with large established corporations and smaller scale operations in their rapid growth phases. Curt’s experience in leading the development and implementation of processes in dynamic environments is well suited for Zero Motorcycles’ tremendous global opportunities. He is focused upon building and leading a world class Finance and Administrative team.
Pieter De Waal VP Global Sales, Marketing and Aftersales
Pieter brings more than 30 years of experience in the motorcycle and motorsports industries. He is a native South African and holds a B. SC. Engineering degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
He has spent most of his career in the automotive industry and joined BMW South Africa in 1994. Pieter ascended the ranks within BMW, holding a variety of roles in Europe including head of sales and marketing worldwide, before leading the motorcycle business in North America. Under his leadership, BMW Motorrad enjoyed dramatic growth in sales and customer satisfaction.
Pieter joined the Zero Motorcycles board of directors in 2013. In 2014, he directed Zero’s operations in Europe and has since been appointed to head up global sales and marketing for the company.
Umberto Uccelli Managing Director, Europe
Umberto leads all of Zero Motorcycles’ European operations. With a career spanning over 20 years with some of motorcycling’s most iconic brands, he brings valuable expertise in sales, marketing and international expansion. Uccelli’s motorcycle industry knowledge, passion for the sport and pioneering vision fuel Zero’s continued growth in the vital European market. “I’m inspired by the opportunity to apply my experience with traditional motorcycles to help build the future of motorcycling,” Umberto said. “Zero’s technology is exciting, the bikes are thrilling to ride and the team is very strong.”
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.
Dennis Gore VP of Product Development
Dennis joins Zero Motorcycles as Vice President of Product Development. In this newly created role, he brings a hands-on approach to the integrated efforts of the engineering and R&D groups in creating the world’s leading electric motorcycles. Dennis has a strong background in the automotive industry, having held strategic positions with Chery Automobile, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi. With his strong focus upon understanding customer expectations and market requirements, plus his passion for quality and innovation, Dennis and his team look forward to surprising and delighting Zero riders.
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.