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Startup Zoox hired Aicha Evans as new CEO

The self-driving startup, Zoox, appointed Aicha Evans as the company’s Chief Executive Officer as they take the company to the next level.

Aicha Evans was the senior vice president and chief strategy officer of Intel Corporation. She will be joining Zoox – a self-driving vehicle as the new Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors. She will be replacing Tim Kentley-Klay, who was the co-founder of the company after the company’s board suddenly fired him.

Zoox has been planning to take the company to the next level. Finding the right person to help and guide the company is challenging, said co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson. According to him, someone with executive and operational experience would be a great help for the company, especially now that they are taking the company to the next stage.

Intel hired Evans in 2006 and served the company for 12 years. Previously, Evans was a general manager of the Intel Communication and Devices Group. She was appointed to the Anita Borg Institute board of trustees in 2016 and to the supervisory board of SAP in 2017. Her experience and leadership are superior, that’s why Zoox was excited when they found Evans.

Zoox’s long-term plan is to publicly deploy autonomous vehicles by 2020. Despite the management change, the company will still move to commercial operations.

Evans said in her statement that she is thrilled to join Zoox and challenge the status quo with an autonomous mobility system built from the ground up. Mobility is approaching a major inflection point, and Zoox has set itself apart from entrenched players as the only company creating a solution purpose-built to meet the needs of a fully autonomous future, she added.

Zoox hasn’t publicly announced their passenger service yet, but the company’s target is an electric vehicle with a roomy cabin. Evans will join Zoox on February 26.