Industry veterans Pablo Koziner and Mark Duchesne have joined electric truck startup Nikola Corporation’s executive team.
With a background spanning 18+ years at heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Koziner will lead Nikola’s hydrogen fuelling and battery charging business as President of Nikola Energy.
As a 22-year veteran of Toyota and five-year veteran of Tesla, Duchesne joins Nikola as its Global Head of Manufacturing.
Nikola said Duchesne’s hire comes at a critical time as the company accelerates towards the production launch of its Class 8 Nikola Tre battery electric vehicle in Ulm, Germany with joint venture partner IVECO, and breaks ground on its Coolidge, Arizona manufacturing facility.
“The addition of Pablo Koziner and Mark Duchesne to the Nikola executive team advances our ability to execute against ambitious manufacturing and infrastructure plans,” said Nikola’s CEO Mark Russell.
“We have commenced strategic infrastructure and manufacturing work at locations across the globe, and with Pablo and Mark in place we have the additional leadership to execute with even greater focus and discipline.”