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Daimler, Torc, Truckstop all name people on the move

Aug. 18, 2023
Daimler's Rakesh Aneja becomes adviser to two government agencies' EV Working Group while Torc hires Sheila Scanlon as product VP and Truckstop brings in Ron Storn as chief people and culture officer.

DTNA leader appointed as government adviser

Daimler Truck North America has announcedthat Rakesh Aneja, head of the company's eMobility, has been appointed to the newly formed Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG) by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation.

The EVWG, established by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, is tasked with providing recommendations to the U.S. Secretaries of Energy and Transportation regarding the integration of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs) into the U.S. transportation and energy systems. EVWG strives to ensure effective coordination and insightful consultation by collaborating closely with federal interagency working groups, especially on fleet conversion. Furthermore, the group will regularly report on barriers and opportunities to scale up EV adoption to the U.S. Secretaries of Energy and Transportation and congressional committees.

Under the guidance of the U.S. Secretaries of Energy and Transportation, the EVWG comprises 25 members, encompassing 6 federal stakeholders and 19 non-governmental stakeholders. The diversity of these non-governmental participants in terms of their backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints enriches the group's perspective, according to Daimler’s statement, which added that participants represent geographically diverse regions across the United States, spanning rural, urban, and suburban contexts.

“I am incredibly honored and enthusiastic to accept the invitation to serve as a committee member of the U.S. Government’s Electric Vehicle Working Group," said Rakesh Aneja, head of eMobility at DTNA. “This is a significant recognition of the strides that DTNA has made in eMobility and underscores our commitment to leading sustainable transportation.”

Torc Robotics hires Sheila Scanlon as VP of product management

Torc Robotics, an independent subsidiary of Daimler Truck AG, has hired Sheila Scanlon as its new VP of product management, Torc announced. Scanlon brings over 20 years of experience in the technology and autonomous driving industry. In her role, she will work alongside Torc leadership to lead product planning and prioritization activities in alignment with engineering.

“Torc’s work in the autonomous space is set to transform many facets of the trucking industry, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team,” stated Scanlon. “I look forward to working closely with Torc’s numerous partnerships in the freight industry, along with our colleagues at DTNA, to bring the leading autonomous trucking solution to the market.”

Scanlon entered the self-driving and automotive space in 2015 at Aptiv as a director of product management and business development. Later, as a senior director at Here Technologies, she led the product team that managed Here’s mapping portfolio of products, including Here’s HD Live Map, part of the Mercedes-Benz Level 3 Drive Pilot self-driving system. Most recently, Scanlon acted as head of product at RRAI, an off-road autonomous vehicle company. She created and cultivated the company’s product management team and led product strategy, definition, and execution for applications. 

“Sheila’s deep expertise in product management for autonomous technologies will be an asset as we work to scale Torc’s growth and development,” said Andrew Culhane, chief strategy officer at Torc. “With our product launch in 2026 and scalable market entry in 2027, we’re excited for Sheila to join the team.”

Truckstop hires Ron Storn as chief people and culture officer

Load board operator Truckstop has hired Ron Storn to be its chief people and culture officer.

Storn brings over two decades of HR leadership to Truckstop, including roles at Facebook, Google, and Lyft. Most recently, Storn worked as the chief people and business operations officer at Booster, an on-demand fuel delivery service for fleets, businesses, and consumers. Prior to that, he was chief people officer at Motive, a fleet management and safety product company.

“I am privileged and excited to join Truckstop and look forward to supporting the continued growth of the business,” Storn said. “I am eager to work alongside our talented team to further enhance our people and organizational capabilities, enabling us to better serve our customers and drive the company’s strategic vision.”

“Ron’s in-depth experience as an HR and business leader as well as his extensive knowledge of organizational design and development are just some of the reasons why we are excited to have him at Truckstop,” said Kendra Tucker, Truckstop CEO. “His role is crucial to help further deliver on our growth strategy and our unwavering commitment to our customer’s success.”

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