– USA, MA – Optimus Ride, a leading developer of autonomous vehicle technology systems, today announced the appointment of Sean Harrington to its board of directors as CEO, effective November 30, replacing co-founder Ryan Chin, who will remain at the company with responsibility for policy and sustainability initiatives.
“Sean brings a unique mix of product development and go-to-market leadership experience, which will serve Optimus Ride well as the company transitions from initial technology validation to large scale commercial operations,” said John Tough, Managing Partner of Energize Ventures and Board Chairman at Optimus Ride. “We are very excited to welcome Sean to the Optimus Ride team and we look forward to working closely with him.”
“I’m incredibly proud of the entire Optimus Ride team and what we have achieved thus far,” commented Ryan Chin. “Now is the right time for me to step aside from the CEO role and bring in an accomplished technology and business leader who can help us fully capitalize on the opportunity we have created. The whole team is looking forward to Sean’s arrival and I will do everything I can to support him through the transition and beyond.”
About Sean Harrington
Harrington brings deep expertise in developing, commercializing, and scaling technology solutions, with experience at both startups and large, global corporations. Most recently, Harrington was VP, City Solutions at Verizon where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of innovative products and services that helped cities increase livability, sustainability, and safety for their citizens. Before that, Harrington was COO and member of the board of directors at Sensity Systems where he oversaw technology development, marketing, sales, and operations for the company through its acquisition by Verizon in 2016.
“I’m thrilled to join Optimus Ride and lead the company through its next chapter,” said Harrington. “I knew from the moment I met the team and had the opportunity to ride in one of the electric, self-driving vehicles powered by the Optimus Ride system that this was a very special company and I wanted to be a part of it. The mobility industry is shifting rapidly and there is an enormous opportunity for Optimus Ride to transform the way people get around.”
Harrington has a B.S. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
About Optimus Ride
Optimus Ride is a self-driving vehicle technology company on a mission to transform mobility with its autonomous vehicle algorithms, software, hardware, and system integration. The company’s technology powers autonomous vehicles to provide transportation solutions in city zones, industrial and office parks, military and academic campuses, airports, mixed-use private developments, and other localized areas. Optimus Ride’s Level 4 self-driving systems are deployed in cities and campuses in Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Washington D.C., and New York. With roots at MIT, Optimus Ride’s team of industry experts designs networks and systems specifically for each environment, ensuring end-users reap all of the benefits this technology has to offer.
For more information: https://www.optimusride.com/
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