Mr. Michery is working towards a sustainable future accessible to all by creating a suite of clean-energy electric vehicles at varied price points. With entirely US-based manufacturing and operations, Mr. Michery is also determined to have Mullen play a role in shaping a self-sustaining local economy by creating more jobs in America.
Mr. Michery manages risks and company expectations as a pathway to success and has personally overseen several businesses totaling over $1 billion in transactions. His key strength is being fiscally responsible and leading teams to complete projects on time and within budget. In addition, as a seasoned professional in this space, Mr. Michery has demonstrated skill in building businesses from the ground up and into successful entities that subsequently sold for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Jonathan New has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2022. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. New was Chief Financial Officer of Motorsport Games, Inc., a developer of racing games and esport events (Nasdaq:MSGM) from January 2020 to September 2022. Prior to that, Mr. New was Chief Financial Officer of Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK), an owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle charging equipment and networked electric vehicle charging services, from July 2018 to January 2020. Prior to Blink Charging Co., Mr. New was Chief Financial Officer of Net Element, Inc. (Nasdaq: NETE), a global technology and value-added solutions group that supports electronic payments acceptance in a multi-channel environment, from 2008 to July 2018. He has a career of leading rapidly growing businesses through levels of increasing success, with experience in directing strategies in accounting, operations, financial planning and analysis, information technology, human resources, mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”), taxation, and investor relations. Mr. New obtained his BS in Accounting from Florida State University and began his career with Accenture. He is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Prior to accepting this position at Mullen Automotive, Chester served as the VP of Finance and Controller at Sambazon and consulted and audited Fortune 500 companies throughout his expansive 20+ year career. Chester's experience includes roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grubb & Ellis Company, and Mobilitie. Chester possesses expertise in accounting and finance, mergers and acquisitions, organizational design and leadership, and operational improvement. Chester Bragado graduated from the University of California, Riverside, with a BA in Business Administration and possesses a California CPA license.
John Schwegman had an accomplished career at General Motors as a senior automotive executive and brings over 35 years of success and experience across Marketing, Sales, and Product Planning. Early in his career, John helped establish Saturn’s award-winning dealership network, which became the benchmark for all OEMs in sales and service satisfaction. John served as the marketing lead during GM’s brand management period across multiple truck launches, including GM’s core truck franchise brands, Chevrolet and GMC. During John’s tenure as Vice President of Marketing for Buick/GMC, both brands were the fastest-growing OEM brands in the industry. More recently, John led GM’s Fleet and Commercial portfolio resurgence, re-establishing their presence in the core medium duty market.
His passion for understanding the voice-of-the customer and along with strengthening the commercial portfolio, has allowed GM to achieve commercial sales leadership within the U.S. market for the first time in decades. John most recently developed Chevrolet’s 10-year portfolio transition plan for both ICE and EV entries for the U.S. market, allowing Chevrolet to target EV sales leadership by 2026.
Calin Popa has served as President of Mullen Automotive since 2017. Mr. Popa is an energetic executive with an exceptional background in global automotive manufacturing. With over 30 years of international experience, his knowledge spans all aspects of vehicle development and manufacturing from concept to launch. Mr. Popa has led engineering management for various companies, including MAN, Ford, GM, Chrysler, and Fisker in the US, Germany, and Mexico. He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Automotive from the University of Brasov, Romania.
With an extensive business consulting and automotive background, Mr. Hughes had worked as a consultant with Mullen Automotive for the past four years before he took on his current role as President of OEM and Franchising. Starting his career as the General Sales Manager of one of California’s largest Honda dealerships, Mr. Hughes went on to join his family’s dealership, the Quality Auto Group. In this multi-faceted role, he worked at Quality Toyota and Quality Nissan OEM dealerships in Southern California, leading to record-breaking sales and multiple Black Diamond awards. Shawn Hughes was also the President of DRIVEiT auto group, a California-based Auto Lending group. As of 2018, DRIVEiT auto group has completed over $250 million in automotive transactions. As a result of taking on these significant roles at an early age, Mr. Hughes now possesses a wide range of expertise, which he uses to lead his division.
Prior to joining Mullen Automotive, Mr. Curtis was the President of Imperium Motor Company. Prior to Imperium Motor Company, he served as a turnaround specialist for Lithia Automotive group in three western states. He also served as Director of Electric Vehicles for the largest privately-owned dealer group in Northern California, which became the top volume EV seller for the Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500 EV and Chevrolet Volt in the USA at the time.
John Taylor is Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Strategic Planning at Mullen. Mr. Taylor brings a great wealth of experience, including oversight of several plant start-ups and vehicle launches in the U.S. and abroad. After graduating from the Philpot School of Automotive Design in Detroit in 1987, Mr. Taylor started his automotive career at General Motors. At GM, he was involved in eleven major automotive vehicle launches serving as launch manager, operations manager, and machine and equipment manager, among other roles. In 2010, He joined Tesla and was one of the first 50 employees, leading the advanced manufacturing engineering group. Mr. Taylor played a critical role in opening the Fremont facility and manufacturing operations for the Tesla Model S and architecture for future projects.
Marian Petrelecan has served as the Vice President of Mechanical Systems at Mullen since 2020. He is an enterprise leader who brings over 28 years of international and domestic experience in OEMs and automotive start-ups. Mr. Petrelecan's expertise is in vehicle product engineering, design, homologation, validation, quality, program management, and electrification. He has successfully built engineering teams from scratch for several EV companies such as Fisker, NIO, and Indi EV. In addition, he managed various BMW, Chrysler, Fisker, and NIO teams on several vehicle programs from the concept phase through launch in the US, Germany, Great Britain, and Mexico.
Corry Davis is a highly accomplished, results-driven professional with more than 17 years of diverse engineering and management experience. Before joining Mullen in 2021 as the Vice President of Vehicle Integration and Homologation, Mr. Davis held roles as Vice President of Engineering, Director of Engineering, and Chief Engineer at multiple small vehicles and specialty manufacturers. Mr. Davis has a focused technical background in electric traction systems and vehicle integration. He has worked as a technical expert in electric vehicle integration and component development for automotive manufacturers in the United States, China, Korea, and India. As a result, Mr. Davis brings an extensive network of industry experts and a vast knowledge of electric drive system technology and full vehicle development, validation, and proven design methodologies.
Robert Brown is an automotive professional with over 30 years of automotive experience. Over the past three decades, he has worn many hats within the industry and worked for several OEMs. Robert comes to Mullen Automotive as VP of PMO after having spent the last 14 years of his career in the EV industry working for companies such as Fisker Automotive, Karma Automotive, and Lordstown Motors. Robert started his career as an automotive technician in the post-manufacturing side of the business. He later moved to Service Engineering, working for organizations such as Saturn and Kia Motors. Following his PMP certification, he applied the hands-on and post productions learnings to launch the Karma Revero and Karma Revero GT successfully.
Don Wood is a highly motivated automotive executive with more than 15 years of experience in supply chain, business operations, and manufacturing. Prior to joining Mullen, Mr. Wood spent the past ten years of his career in Metro Detroit, Michigan, where he held various Director and senior management roles within the prototype/low-volume production and stamping/weldment supplier industries. In addition to his extensive supply chain background, he is skilled at managing EV startup BIW programs for companies such as Tesla, Faraday Future, Lucid, and General Motors. Mr. Wood also brings operational expertise in plant management, lean practices, continuous process improvement of KPIs, and overall team leadership. Mr. Wood obtained his BS in Finance from Wayne State University and is currently enrolled in the Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt course at Purdue University.
Jillian Green spent two-and-a-half years representing insurers globally in claims involving cyber and privacy issues, including data and security breaches, cyber extortion, regulatory penalties, media liability, and consumer lawsuits. Ms. Green brings significant litigation experience as she has litigated a variety of different matters in both, Federal and State courts. She received her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fullerton.
Jason Putnam has over 20 years of experience working in executive-level sales and marketing positions in the automotive industry. Prior to Mullen, Mr. Putnam was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Motortrak. He led the company’s introduction into the US market and oversaw the success of OEM partnerships with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and McLaren. In addition, Mr. Putnam brings a strong background in conceptualizing and executing across all online and traditional advertising categories to Mullen’s brand and EV strategy. Mr. Putnam has a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.
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