Lightfoot welcomes Bob Mann as new Chairman

– UK, Exeter –  Lightfoot today announced the appointment of Bob Mann as new Chairman.

Rupert Lyon Taylor, CEO said: “Bob has invaluable experience in helping tech businesses grow at speed and scale, both domestically and internationally. Bob’s expertise in the SaaS sector is unrivaled and will prove a huge asset as we move to develop the business in this direction.

“Currently, our in-cab coaching device is perfectly suited for the retro-fit ICE and EVs market and the decarbonization of fleets agenda, but we are always looking forwards which includes integrated SaaS solutions of the future. This will enable us to deliver SaaS driver coaching and rewards in next-generation vehicles, future-proofing our technology.”

Bob Mann is the third high-profile hire for Lightfoot so far this year. In March, Neil Warman joined the business as CFO, followed by Paul Hollick, Chairman of The Association of Fleet Professionals, who joined as Managing Director.

The senior appointments follow Volpi Capital’s investment in Lightfoot in 2021.

About Bob Mann

Currently Chair of Openbravo, one. network, Social Value Portal, ethiXbase, and a board member of Zift, Bob Mann is widely recognized as a pioneer in the SaaS space. He previously ran the European operations of several US software companies, including Siebel Systems, and rapidly turned Relayware – now part of Zift – into a leading global SaaS solutions provider, delivering services to improve channel performance and accelerate revenue growth.

Bob’s appointment will help Lightfoot as it executes its ambitious growth plans, widens its offer to fleets in the UK and beyond, and cements its reputation as the disruptor in the fleet management sector. His track record in optimizing operational efficiencies within businesses is also seen as a major asset.

Bob Mann commented: “Lightfoot is hugely exciting in the ESG and transportation arena. In a world where geopolitics is making the price of fuel a real headache for organizations, and where businesses are having to adopt measures to reduce their impact on the environment, Lightfoot provides a solution that both reduces fuel use, and delivers against the decarbonization agenda today.

“Fleets may not be able to switch to EVs tomorrow, but they can deliver significant fuel and emissions reductions through the adoption of Lightfoot’s technology. And when the time comes to switch, they will find that their drivers are pre-conditioned to an EV-ready, smoother, range-extending style of driving; all because Lightfoot focuses on motivating and rewarding drivers to be better.”

About Lightfoot

Lightfoot is an award-winning, government-supported technology that is helping to make roads safer, the environment cleaner, and business vehicles less expensive to run.

Backed by Volpi Capital, Lightfoot rewards better drivers with a platform that monetizes good driving.
A ‘Fitbit for cars and vans’, Lightfoot is pioneering a new standard for measuring efficient driving. Lightfoot’s technology has been developed in partnership with leading driver-behavior experts at Bath University. Using advanced, real-time engine analytics that measures different factors such as load and road gradients, it provides live, in-cab coaching to help drivers improve efficiency and safety.

Tests at Bath University’s Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems proved a direct correlation between Lightfoot’s in-cab visual alerts and reductions in NOx. Studies showed when drivers halve the number of lights on Lightfoot’s in-cab dashboard device, a fivefold reduction in NOx is achieved.

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