People Moves in EV - Rivian, Smart, Mer, AMETEK & More

Across the EV Sector People are Moving — DJ Novotney Becomes SVP for Vehicle Programs at Rivian and Jason Allbutt Moves to UK CEO at Smart

1. DJ Novotney

Job From: VP of Engineering, Apple

Job To: SVP Vehicle Programs, Rivian

DJ Novotney

“My decision to join Rivian is profoundly influenced by my own experience as an owner of the Rivian R1T. This vehicle stands as a beacon of innovative engineering.”

Novotney has a passion for creating incredible products with cutting-edge technology. He can manage multi-hundred-million dollar budgets, negotiate complicated contracts, oversee development agreements and more.

At the University of Utah, Novotney studied B.S. Applied Physics from 1993 to 1997. After a stint at Bay Associates, he joined Apple in 1999 and rose to become Vice President of Engineering. Novotney is an inaugural member of the original iPod team and was instrumental in leading Apple’s first-generation of products. 

At Rivian, Novotney’s background in product development and engineering will help the team to improve the way it brings vehicles to market.

“We are thrilled to welcome DJ Novotney to the Rivian leadership team as SVP, Vehicle Programs,” said Lee Yeap, International TA Leader at Rivian. “DJ’s rich background in programme management, product development and engineering will help us to continuously improve the way we program manage bringing vehicles to market— everything from engineering and product planning to customer deliveries.”

2. Jason Allbutt

Job From (include company name): Head of Product and Planning, Mercedes-Benz UK 

Job To (include company name): CEO, Smart, UK

Jason Allbutt

Allbutt joins Smart from Mercedes-Benz UK as UK CEO. 

“I’m delighted and honoured to be joining Smart as UK CEO at this exciting time for the business and the automotive industry,” Allbutt says. “The revitalised Smart has had a stellar start and I’m looking forward to further developing such a dynamic brand.”

Allbutt will replace David Browne, who called his time at Smart a ‘privilege’.

“Having completed my objective of setting up the new UK operation, and building a sector-leading team, I’m now ready for my next challenge.”

3. Laurence Langenbrink

Job From (include company name): Head of Interoperability and Testing Services, IONITY

Job To (include company name): COO, Mer

Laurence Langenbrink

Mer has appointed Langenbrink as its new COO. Previously, Langenbrink worked in operations and product management. Langenbrink said she’s impressed by Mer’s track record. 

“I’m a firm believer of the mission to make sustainable electric mobility easy and accessible for everyone,” Langenbrink says.

4. Seth Cutler

Job From (include company name): President, EV Connect

Job To (include company name): CEO, IONNA

Seth Cutler

IONNA has named Seth Cutler as its CEO. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of technical operations at charger networking technology provider EV Connect. In his role, Cutler will begin deploying a network of 30,000 DC fast chargers across the US and Canada.

5. Marcel Broemlage

Job From: General Manager of Operations North America & Europe

Job To: General Manager at Farasis Energy Europe

Marcel Broemlage

In his role as General Manager at Farasis Energy Europe, Marcel Broemlage will actively shape its growth strategy and strengthen the company’s position as one of the leading providers of battery solutions for electric vehicles.

6. Dalip M. Puri

Job From: Senior Vice President, Operational Finance, AMETEK

Job To: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AMETEK

The electrical and electronics manufacturer is heavily involved in electric aviation. 

“Throughout his tenure at AMETEK, Dalip has provided strong leadership within our financial organisation and has led a number of important initiatives across the company,” says David A. Zapico, AMETEK Chairman and CEO. 


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