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Leadership

Rivian’s leadership is focused on building a high performance organization by breaking down silos and infusing cross functional agility throughout the company.

 
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RJ Scaringe

Founder and
Chief Executive Officer

RJ founded Rivian in 2009 and led the company through a tough economic climate to secure substantial financing, recruit and scale an exceptional team, and establish the company’s product and technology platform. RJ excels in analyzing highly complex systems, combining deep analytical capabilities with a system-based development methodology. RJ earned his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a member of the research team in the Sloan Automotive Laboratory. In leading Rivian, RJ works to maintain a highly collaborative environment and his hands-on approach drives innovative thinking into all aspects of the business and company culture.  

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Mark Vinnels

Executive Director of Engineering and Programs

Mark leads Rivian’s product development organization and is responsible for all engineering and program execution. Mark has successfully led the development of multiple clean sheet vehicle programs. Mark was previously the Executive Program Director at McLaren from 2004 through 2017 and was responsible for all McLaren’s road cars starting with the MP4-12C and extending through the 720S. Mark was instrumental in establishing McLaren as a world leading manufacturer of innovative, high performance sports cars. Before McLaren, Mark was the Head of Vehicle Programs at Group Lotus where he led the product development of all Lotus cars. Mark holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nottingham.  

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Jiten Behl

Chief Strategy Officer

Jiten is responsible for the development of Rivian’s strategic roadmap and associated business plans, as well as leading strategic initiatives related to business development, corporate partnerships and building a high caliber organization. Prior to joining Rivian, Jiten was a senior leader in Roland Berger’s global automotive practice and member of the management team for its North American operations. He has extensive experience in the global automotive industry and has advised companies across the entire mobility ecosystem on business model innovation, digitization, technology, and large-scale transformation. Jiten holds a degree in electrical engineering and has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 
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Ryan Green

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan leads Rivian’s finance, accounting and corporate governance functions. Ryan has an extensive background in corporate finance and a proven ability to deliver world-class results across manufacturing, financial services and operations. Prior to joining Rivian, he served as the CFO of Harley Davidson’s Financial Services company, with previous experience at Bayer AG and Visteon/Ford. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wayne State University.

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Ken Shuman

Chief Communications Officer

As Chief Communications Officer, Ken will be using his background in communication and leadership to build Rivian’s external and internal communications program as well as government and public policy. Ken joins us from Pindrop, where he worked as the Head of Global Communications, for about three years. In 2013, while Ken was the Vice President of CommunIcations at Trulia, PR Week selected Ken to their 40 Under 40 list and the Holmes Report named him of the Top 25 Innovators. In his most recent role at Pindrop as the Head of Global Communications, Ken was responsible for leading the global program across key markets in the US, UK, France, and Germany. Ken handled all communication strategies including funding and product announcements, thought leadership campaigns, and more. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Communications from Bentley University.

Matt Tall

VP of Manufacturing

Matt oversees both plant operations and advanced manufacturing at Rivian’s assembly plant located in Normal, Illinois. Matt has extensive experience in all key manufacturing disciplines, as well as a product engineering and business development background.  Most recently, Matt managed AM General’s assembly plant in Indiana that was responsible for the assembly of the Mercedes Benz R-Class, and earlier in his career, Matt led a record-setting 18-month launch of the Hummer H2. Matt holds a degree in business administration from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker College.

 
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Neil Sitron

General Counsel

Neil oversees the company’s legal and compliance functions.  Neil came to Rivian with deep experience in U.S. and international private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate compliance and governance, and securities transactions, with a particular focus on financial technology, transportation, government contracting and Internet of Things (IoT). In his career, he has represented clients including Goldman Sachs, Citadel Securities, NEX Group (formerly ICAP), BAE Systems, Polar Tankers and Global Environment Fund. Sitron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and he earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.

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Jim Thomas

VP Corporate Development

Jim is responsible for corporate development activities including government relations and implementing business relationships in key industries. His experience includes over 30 years in technology growth companies as an operations and finance executive and has led two initial public offerings, including MapQuest. Jim thrives on the implementation of disruptive technologies in the formation of new business models.  He has served on the boards of public and private sector companies as well as non-profit and educational institutions. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

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Jeff Hammoud

VP of Vehicle Design

Jeff is responsible for leading Rivian’s vehicle design which includes interior, exterior, digital and clay sculpting design.  Jeff is extremely focused and passionate about design and detailed execution.  His experience includes the design and integration of engineering for numerous production vehicles.  Prior to Rivian, Jeff served as Chief of Design for the Jeep brand and passenger car interiors at FCA.  Jeff was personally responsible for the design and execution of the current Jeep Grand Cherokee as well as leading design teams to launch various core company vehicles for both interior and exterior including the new Jeep Wrangler.  Jeff earned a degree in Transportation Design from the College for Creative Studies.

 

Board of Directors

The Board has prioritized the best principles of corporate governance to provide strategic counsel and stewardship for the business. Our board deeply embraces transparency, ethics and open debate.

 
 

Antony Sheriff

Antony is an automotive expert with extensive experience in leading product development and innovation. From 2004 to 2013 Antony led McLaren Automotive where he successfully launched and scaled a new supercar company. Before McLaren, Antony held executive leadership roles at Fiat in product development and marketing. Antony earned an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, where he was a key contributor to the book The Machine that Changed the World.

Tom Gale

Tom is a recognized automotive leader and an inductee into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Tom’s career was primarily with the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands, where he was eventually responsible for all product development and design. Tom’s leadership helped launch the original minivan, expand the Jeep brand with the Grand Cherokee and bring excitement to the pickup segment with the original Ram. Motor Trend has recognized Tom as one of the top 20 designers of the 20th century. 

John Shook

John is an expert on lean management and currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute, an organization dedicated to advancing lean management principles. John learned about lean management during his time at Toyota, where he became the company’s first American manager (“kacho”) in Japan. He transferred lean management practices to operations outside of Japan, including GM and Toyota’s NUMMI production facility in Fremont, California.

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