Published on September 26th, 2016 | by James Ayre0
Faraday Future Now Employs More Than 1,000 People In The US
September 26th, 2016 by James Ayre
The electric vehicle startup Faraday Future now employees more than 1,000 people on the US, according to a new press release from the firm.
The employment milestone means that the firm has expanded pretty rapidly, considering that it was founded only a bit more than 2 years ago, in May 2014. Considering the money that’s behind the startup, though, this shouldn’t be surprising.
The firm is currently based out of Los Angeles, California, but maintains offices in Silicon Valley and North Las Vegas as well.
“We are incredibly proud of the talent that makes up Faraday Future, and want to take this opportunity to thank each employee for their work,” commented Alan Cherry, VP of HR, Faraday Future. “At our LA headquarters, our workforce is comprised of experts from more than 30 different countries, with 60 unique languages spoken. We are a technology-focused company driven by the common goal of building the next generation of mobility. Roughly 75% of Faraday Future’s employees specialize in Engineering and R&D to help engineer and validate our future vehicles; the remaining workforce consists of Design, Marketing & Communications, Sales, HR, Accounting, Legal, Finance, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Administration departments. We look forward to continuing the expansion of our company.”
The press release announcing the milestone also included a nice overview of the firm’s current talent:
Marco Mattiacci, Global Chief Brand & Commercial Officer
Marco is an internationally awarded industry executive with more than 20 years of experience in the premium segment. Marco oversees all global FF branding, marketing, communications, distribution, sales, and user/customer experience. Marco joined FF from Ferrari, where he served as President & CEO in both Asia Pacific and the US, and held the coveted position as Managing Director & Team Principal of the legendary Scuderia Ferrari F1 racing team.
James Chen, VP of Government Relations & General Counsel
James serves as FF’s General Counsel and our most senior legal representative, directing our approach to sustainable EV production, overseeing all strategic partnerships, and developing FF’s comprehensive policy and legal compliance. James joined FF from Tesla, where he served as VP of Regulatory Affairs & Deputy General Counsel.
Peter Savagian, VP of Propulsion Engineering
A leader in the field of electric drive systems, Peter heads FF’s propulsion engineering team, leading the development of energy storage, powertrain design, system controls, testing, and validation. Peter joined FF from GM, where he served as General Director of Electric Drive Systems & New Product Development.
Greg Adams, Sr Director of Strategic Cooperation & Development
An international business leader, Greg helps formulate and drive FF’s corporate direction. He is currently overseeing our comprehensive business plan and strategic initiatives, in addition to heading our Product Portfolio team. Greg joined FF from Ferrari, where he served as Director of Marketing & Brand Experience.
Jan Becker, Sr Director of Automated Driving
With 19 years of experience in the field of Automated Driving (AD), Jan is leading FF’s AD division to develop industry-first technologies for our future product lineup. Prior to joining FF, Jan was Director for Automated Driving at Bosch in Silicon Valley. Jan has also been a lecturer at Stanford University since 2010 in the field of Automated Driving, Driver Assistance, and Vehicle Automation.
Silva Hiti, Sr Director of Electric Drive
Silva is one of FF’s technical leaders, overseeing all aspects of electric drive development, including powertrain packaging efficiency, powertrain controls, performance testing, and validation. A native of Yugoslavia, Silva brings a diverse background and empowering work ethic to FF. She is also one of the masterminds behind the company’s first patent, the FF Echelon Inverter. Silva joined FF from GM, where she served as Technical Fellow for Electric Power Conversion Controls.
Andrew De Haan, Plant Director
As Plant Director, Andrew serves as our key representative in the Southern Nevada region, overseeing all aspects of vehicle manufacturing and plant efficiencies. He is currently building out a team of specialists to bring this monumental manufacturing facility to life. Andrew joined FF from Tesla, where he served as Director of Global Supplier Industrialization.
Sue Neuhauser, Chief Designer of CMF (Color, Materials & Finishes)
Sue Neuhauser brings 15 years of international experience in the car industry to FF. She is an internationally recognized designer with an impressive background that spans across a variety of design disciplines. In her role as Chief Designer of CMF, Sue leads a team of designers developing all interior and exterior materials and finishes, and is responsible for driving aesthetic and innovation within FF’s future product portfolio. Sue joined FF from Tesla, where she worked as Sr Lead CMF Designer.
Jin Kim, Chief Designer of Exteriors
Jin leads the exterior design team, driving overall design direction to shape the architecture and packaging of our future vehicles. Jin joined FF from Calty Design Research, Toyota’s California-based design studio.
Greg Ryslik, Head of Data Science & Analytics
One of the brightest minds at FF, Greg leads a team of data scientists, statisticians, and developers to forecast a wide range of necessary data, including customer growth, failure testing, and machine learning. Greg joined FF from Tesla, where he led the Data Science Team for Service. Prior to that, Greg worked in the biotech space with research on protein structure and its applications to cancer biology.
Bart Nabbe, Director of Strategic Partnerships
An expert in theoretical and applied robotics systems, Bart directs all strategic partnerships and acquisition opportunities relating to FF’s autonomous driving program. His experience and education within the field of robotics – along with his knack for identifying unique innovations and technical opportunities – are strengthening FF’s dynamic approach to automated driving. Bart recently joined FF from Apple.
Kevin Vincent, Director of Regulatory & Safety Affairs
Former Chief Counsel for NHTSA, Kevin is an industry leader in safety and environmental regulation. Using his experience as the head lawyer of the agency that regulates US auto safety, Kevin ensures that safety and regulatory compliance are the top priorities for every technology, feature, and product that FF develops.
Sarah Ashton, Associate Director of Government Affairs
Sarah is a young power player in Government Affairs, specializing in urban sustainability, climate and resilience projects, and public policy. Sarah plays a crucial role in the development of FF’s manufacturing facilities in N Las Vegas and Mare Island, where she is generating strong, strategic relationships between local, state, and federal governments, and supports FF’s consideration of government policy and regulation in corporate decision-making. Sarah joined FF from The White House, where she served as Director of its Climate Action Champion Program.
Matthias Aydt, Vehicle Line Executive
With an international background in vehicle engineering, Matthias oversees the manufacturing, engineering, and development of FF’s product portfolio. As part of the VLE team, Matthias is responsible for maintaining the rigorous quality standards of our future product lineup. Matthias joined FF from Qoros Auto, a Chinese auto manufacturer based in Shanghai, where he served as VP of Vehicle Engineering.
Irving (Bill) Strickland, Vehicle Line Executive
A leader in automotive product development, Bill oversees the engineering, manufacturing, and development of future FF vehicles. As a VLE, Bill ensures that vehicle features are developed with the customer in mind, and to achieve Faraday Future’s world class quality standards. Bill joined FF from Ford, where he served as Global Chief Program Engineer for the Ford Fusion / Mondeo.
Phil Weicker, Senior Manager of Battery Systems
Phil brings more than 15 years of experience working with EV battery and powertrain systems to FF. Developing one of FF’s most vital and fundamental components, Phil and his team are responsible for all aspects of battery development and safety.
Joe Zbegner, Head of Retail Innovation & Development
Joe brings more than 12 years of global architecture, design, and retail experience to FF. Having developed world-class retail experiences for Apple, Gap, and Banana Republic, Joe plays a critical role in developing and employing our futuristic retail experience. Joe joined FF from Gap Inc, where he served as Design Manager of Global Store Design.
Of course, there’s also Nick Sampson, Senior VP of Product R&D. We interviewed him earlier this year at Formula E: