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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 lead 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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Rob Williams

Chief Creative Officer


Rob is responsible for Rivian’s overall creative direction – this includes brand, vehicle design, user experience and industrial design. Rob is obsessive about driving consistency into every aspect of the customer experience. He also has extensive experience applying design thinking to drive product innovation. Prior to Rivian, Rob served as a Senior Design Director at Nike, leading design teams and key product innovations for the company including Flyknit and Nike Free. Before Nike, Rob was an exterior  designer at Jeep, where he contributed heavily to the design and launch of several of the company’s core products. Rob earned a degree in Transportation Design from the Art Center College of Design.

 
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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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Chris Brown

Chief Commercial Officer


Chris oversees Rivian’s global marketing, distribution, and service operations. Chris previously held senior leadership positions with Nissan, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover in the U.S., China, and the Middle East. Chris has extensive global experience in all aspects of automotive commercial operations and played an instrumental role in the launch of Jaguar Land Rover in China. Chris is passionate about integrating big thinking with a focus on tactical execution in order to deliver great customer experiences. He holds a MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Master of Public Administration from The London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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Jim Thomas

Vice President of 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 lead 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.

 

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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