Canoo (NASDAQ: GOEV) stock fell over 5% on Friday following the appointment of ex-NASA and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) executives to its board.
Canoo (GOEV) has announced the immediate induction of two new members to its Board of Directors, possessing strong credentials in electric mobility, public policy, technology, and cybersecurity. These appointments are part of Canoo’s strategic initiative to strengthen its market position and achieve its growth targets.
Ms. Deborah Diaz, with her comprehensive background in technology governance and cybersecurity, joins the board following her tenure as Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer at NASA and CIO for Science and Technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Diaz is currently the CEO of Catalyst ADV, a technology advisory firm, and holds board positions in several companies within the aviation and financial sectors.
Mr. James Chen brings a vast understanding of legal, policy, and regulatory matters from his experience as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Deputy General Counsel at Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) and his association with Rivian Automotive (NASDAQ: RIVN). He is presently a shareholder at Babst, Calland, Clements, and Zomnir law firms, focusing on transportation technology and energy.
The newly appointed members expressed their excitement about joining Canoo’s board. Diaz underscored the significance of establishing a robust digital infrastructure as Canoo expands its EV production, while Chen commended Canoo’s emphasis on commercial fleets and its innovative approach to electrification.
In line with these appointments, Ms. Josette Sheeran is moving into a new role as a strategic advisor to the CEO, and Mr. Rainer Schmueckle is leaving the Board of Directors. Tony Aquila, the CEO of Canoo, thanked them for their hard work and is happy Ms. Sheeran will still be around to help.
Aquila underscored the necessity of a board composed of diverse and competent individuals to steer Canoo through its forthcoming growth phase. The existing independent board members contribute varied experiences from the automotive, marketing, finance, and corporate governance sectors.
Canoo (NASDAQ: GOEV) aims to broaden the accessibility of electric vehicles through innovative design and technology. The company has engineered a modular electric platform to optimize interior space and adapt to business and consumer applications. Canoo has established a footprint in several U.S. states and has collaborated with the U.S. government and military.
This board reorganization is a component of Canoo’s ongoing strategy to fortify its standing in the EV market. The company remains focused on achieving its operational milestones and seizing commercial opportunities to revolutionize future mobility.
Canoo (NASDAQ: GOEV) Stock Performance
GOEV stock dropped -5.49% to close at $0.16 on Friday. The traders had exchanged hands with 83,019,369 (83.01 million) shares compared to the average daily trading volume of 50.45 million.