Proterra Inc. President Gareth Joyce will succeed Jack Allen as CEO and join the company’s board, effective Jan. 1. Allen will retire as CEO and continue to serve on the company’s board as non-executive chairman at that time.
“Thanks to Jack’s leadership, Proterra has a strong foundation in place,” said Joyce. “As the race toward a zero-emission future continues, I am confident we will continue playing a central role in electrifying the commercial vehicle sector for years to come. As CEO, I will be committed to working with our incredibly talented team to provide customers with best-in-class electric buses and technology, growing our share of the EV market and creating long-term value for shareholders.”
Joyce has been with Proterra since 2020, most recently serving as president of Proterra. Prior to joining the company, he served as chief sustainability officer for Delta Air Lines, overseeing Delta’s $1 billion commitment toward becoming carbon neutral and leading the airline’s Global Sustainability team. Joyce has also held a variety of senior leadership positions with Mercedes-Benz throughout South Africa, Europe, and North America — his last role being CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. Prior to his time at Mercedes-Benz, Joyce held positions with IQ Business Group, Standard Bank South Africa, Blick PLC, Austen Security, and Deloitte & Touche.
The company also appointed Karina Franco Padilla as its new CFO.
Padilla, who brings more than 25 years of experience overseeing corporate and business unit finances, most recently served as SVP, finance, North America CFO at JELD-WEN. At JELD-WEN, Padilla also served as SVP, finance, corporate planning & analysis, and investor relations. Prior to joining JELD-WEN, Padilla also held leadership positions at Ingersoll Rand, including as interim CFO of the Latin America business unit and VP, finance, corporate planning & analysis.
Additionally, in conjunction with Joyce’s appointment, Proterra announced Ryan Popple will step down as a director on the company’s board. ML Krakauer, a proven technology executive, has been appointed to the board and will join the Compensation Committee.
“With Jack and Gareth on the board, I am confident that Proterra is in good hands, and that now is a good time for me to step away and ensure that our governance aligns with best-in-class practices,” said Popple. “As Proterra continues to grow and capitalize on the opportunities ahead, I look forward to following the company’s success.”