Photo Courtesy of Fisker AutomotiveLuxury-electric carmaker Fisker Automotive has named Tony Posawatz as its new chief executive officer this week. Mr. Posawatz, the former head of the Volt program at General Motors, replaces Tom LaSorda. Mr. LaSorda also is the executive responsible for the C-level hiring.
"Tony is the perfect CEO for Fisker. He has been at the forefront of the industry's technological revolution and one of the few people in the world to bring an EV to mass production,” said Mr. LaSorda. He also went on to say that part of his duties for Fisker was to recruit a long-term chief executive officer. “I cannot think of a better person than Tony to take us forward. He is a real product guy for a product-driven company.”
Tony Posawatz is highly regarded industry-wide and brings more than 30 years to Fisker. His most recently held position at GM was as its vehicle line director. From concept to production, Posawatz was responsible for bringing the award-winning Chevrolet Volt to the market.
"Ultimately, Fisker Automotive is all about products that challenge the way that we think about cars for the next generation,” said Henrik Fisker, the firm’s executive chairman and cofounder. “Tony's expertise will guarantee that Fisker leads the way with its second-generation powertrain technology for the Atlantic and other future Fisker products."
Fisker Automotive also announced the appointment of Joseph Chao as executive vice president and CEO of China and Asia. Chao, an executive with more than 30 years experience, most recently served as CEO and president of SG Automotive in China. Additionally, the luxury-electric car manufacturer named Alberto Gonzalez as vice president of manufacturing. The company has added more than 90 years of top-level management experience to its executive team.
“With these new appointments, we are sending a strong signal about Fisker Automotive and our future plans to develop the next generation of powertrain technology, bring more new Fisker products to market, and expand our global sales footprint,” said Mr. Fisker.