Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe Takes Over Top Product Role at EV Maker


  • Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe is taking on the role of chief product officer as the previous holder of the position, Nick Kalayjian, moves into an advisory role.
  • Scaringe will be responsible for all product development, including a next-generation platform that will deliver more affordable EVs and help Rivian enter the mass market.
  • Kalayjian will become executive vice president of vehicle engineering and propulsion before transitioning to a product and technology advisory role.
  • Other changes in the executive team include Richard Farquhar, who will become senior vice president of future R&D, and Paul Frey, who will take on battery responsibilities in addition to his current role.

Ted’s Take:

RJ Scaringe, the CEO of Rivian, is really taking charge at the EV maker. He’s not only the boss, but now he’s also the chief product officer. It’s like being the captain of a ship and the navigator too. You’ve got to admire his multitasking skills. Rivian is working on a new platform and Scaringe will be the one leading the charge. Meanwhile, the previous chief product officer, Nick Kalayjian, will be transitioning into an advisory role. I guess he’s getting ready to give some expert advice from the sidelines. The executive team at Rivian seems to be shuffling around, with Richard Farquhar moving into a new role and Paul Frey taking on more responsibilities. It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with more electric vehicles. All these changes are meant to help Rivian achieve its goal of delivering affordable EVs to the mass market. And with Scaringe at the helm, I’m sure they’ll be cruising towards success.

Original Article: https://techcrunch.com/?p=2631784

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