Rivian Hires CFO from Harley Davidson, General Counsel from DC Firm

 Mark Vinnels (Executive Director of Engineering and Programs), RJ Scaringe (CEO and Founder), and Neil Sitron (General Counsel) Photo: Rivian

Mark Vinnels (Executive Director of Engineering and Programs), RJ Scaringe (CEO and Founder), and Neil Sitron (General Counsel) Photo: Rivian

Automotive Startup Rivian has made two additional executive hires gaining Ryan Green as Chief Financial Officer and Neil Sitron as General Counsel. Green joins Rivian after 13 years at Harley Davidson, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Harley Davidson's Financial Services division. Sitron brings 13 years of experience as a counsel at Crowell Moring, working with Rivian as a client for several years.

 Rivian CFO Ryan Green (Photo: Rivian)

Rivian CFO Ryan Green (Photo: Rivian)

As CFO of Harley Davidson's Financial Services, Green oversaw $732M in revenue from the division in 2017. As part of Harley Davidson, the division brought in over 30% of the company's operating income. Before becoming CFO of the division, Green served in a variety of financial roles at Harley Davidson.

Green holds a Bachelor's degree in finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from Wayne State University. Rivian CEO, RJ Scaringe also highlighted Green's global experience and his time at Ford before Harley Davidson.

 Rivian General Counsel, Neil Sitron (Photo: Rivian)

Rivian General Counsel, Neil Sitron (Photo: Rivian)

Sitron brings extensive legal experience to Rivian, having worked with nearly every major bank. Sitron earned a Bachelor's degree in economics from The University of Michigan and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Over his tenure at Crowell Moring, he dealt with several issues in both the automotive and autonomous vehicle industries. Sitron has been working with Rivian as a client for 5-6 years.

Rivian has been assembling an impressive executive team over the past nine months, hiring an Executive Director of Engineering and Programs and a VP of Manufacturing in November, a Chief Commercial Officer in October, and a Chief Creative Officer in June.

"We are excited to welcome these leaders to Rivian’s growing high-performance team. All five have a proven track record and most importantly, a passion and curiosity that will drive success. These appointments underscore Rivian’s ability to attract the top talent needed to advance the industry’s shift to electric, autonomous and shared mobility," Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe said in a statement.

Scaringe described his executive team as quite complete as the company continues to forge ahead to production in 2020. Rivian's current Executive Team includes:

  • RJ Scaringe, Chief Executive Officer and Founder (2008)
  • Jim Thomas, VP of Corperate Development (2010)
  • Jiten Behl, Chief Strategy Officer (March 2016)
  • Rob Williams, Chief Creative Officer (June 2017)
  • Chris Brown, Chief Commercial Officer (October 2017)
  • Mark Vinnels, Executive Director of Engineering and Programs (November 2017)
  • Matt Tall, VP of Manufacturing (November 2017)
  • Ryan Green, Chief Financial Officer (February 2018)
 Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and Charles Chang Director of Energy Storage Systems in their battery lab in Irvine California (Photo: Rivian)

Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and Charles Chang Director of Energy Storage Systems in their battery lab in Irvine California (Photo: Rivian)

The company has not disclosed the amount of funding it has raised but added a major investor in December. “They are committed to taking this to production, we [Rivian's Team] are focused on execution," Scaringe said.

Scaringe says the company is still on track to enter production in 2020, adding that the company is currently hiring at both the factory in Normal and at several of its locations across the US. The company now employs 250 people across the US, with roughly 40 employees in Normal. The company will produce a 5-seater truck in 2020, then a 7-seater SUV in 2021.