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FULL-ELECTRIC commercial vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks has appointed Essa Al-Saleh as its new CEO and executive chairman.

The appointment comes as Volta prepares to move into its next stage of corporate development. He replaces Rob Fowler who has stepped down for personal reasons and remains a shareholder of the company.

Mr Al-Saleh has been Volta’s chairman since September 2020 after joining the company from his previous 13-year role as president and CEO of Agility Logistics.

He transitioned Agility from a one-country operation with 300 employees and $150 million in revenue to a company operating in more than 100 countries with 18,000 employees and $4 billion in revenue.

Concurrently, Carl-Magnus Norden, founder of Volta Trucks, has been appointed as its executive chairman of the board of directors.

Mr Al-Saleh, said: “I’m very happy to be appointed as CEO of Volta Trucks, having been its chairman of the board since September. We are at a pivotal moment of a major transformation in the automotive industry.

“Volta Trucks is at the heart of this transformation, building the first full-electric large commercial vehicles to support the decarbonisation of logistics, improving city centre environments for all.”

Founder and executive chairman of the board of directors Carl-Magnus Norden said: “Volta Trucks continues to grow and scale as we move forwards on our journey, and I am delighted that we have attracted world-class talent to the company to help support our mission, and deliver on our objectives.

“To have a person of Essa Al-Saleh’s caliber already within the company is testament to this. As chairman, he’s brought great benefits to me and the board, and I am very happy that we can now use his experience and ability as CEO as we continue to build on our exciting plans ahead.”

By Neil Dowling

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