Rivian and Ford Motor Company have announced that Alexandra Ford English will join Rivian’s board of directors. The announcement is effective May 1st, 2020.
English currently serves as Ford Motor Company’s director of Corporate Strategy. She is responsible for the Dearborn-based automaker’s enterprise strategy and connectivity and digital network strategy.
Ford Motor Company made an initial equity investment in Rivial of $500 million in April 2019, followed by an additional investment in December 2019. Ford and Rivian plant to develop a new vehicle using Rivian’s flexible skateboard platform, which is in addition to Ford’s strategy to develop and bring to market a portfolio of battery electric vehicles as part of Ford’s EV investments totaling $11 billion.
“Alexandra and I share a deep passion for mobility and electrification, and her connection to Ford’s long family role in transportation is something special. I am looking forward to working closely with her and the perspective that she will bring to the Board,” said RJ Scaringe, Rivian founder and CEO.
“Our strategic partnership with Rivian plays an important role in the future of fully networked battery electric vehicles,” said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. “With Alexandra’s experience in mobility and self-driving services, she will bring a unique perspective to Rivian’s board during this transformational time in our industry.”
English joined Ford Motor Company in 2017. Prior to joining the corporate strategy team, she was with Ford Autonomous Vehicle LLC as well as City Solutions. Before joining Ford, she was “responsible for managing profit and loss operations for customer-centric businesses in the merchandising divisions of Tory Burch in New York and Gap Inc. in San Francisco,” according to a Ford press release. English holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.
Rivian is an electric vehicle startup. It plans to launch its vehicles in the U.S. in 2021. Introduction in international markets is to follow. The start-up is currently accepting pre-orders for its R1T and R1S vehicles.
Earlier this week, Ford Motor Company announced that it has cancelled plans to co-develop a future Lincoln electric vehicle with Rivian. The model was to use Rivian’s aforementioned skateboard platform.