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Motiv Power names Ford industry vet O'Leary as CEO

Posted on February 21, 2019

Motiv Power Systems (Motiv), provider of all-electric medium-duty fleet chassis,  has appointed current Board Chairman Matt O'Leary as CEO. Jim Castelaz, Motiv founder and former CEO, has assumed the role of CTO and will maintain a seat on Motiv's board. O'Leary will continue to serve as interim board chairman and plans to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area in the coming weeks.

Before joining the Motiv board, O'Leary served in various capacities in his 38 years at Ford Motor Co., including, most recently holding the title of Vehicle Line Director - North America Trucks, SUVs, and Commercial Vehicles. During his extensive career at Ford Motor Company, O'Leary co-led the launch of the aluminum-intensive 2015 F150 at two assembly plants.

In January, Motiv had announced a battery supply agreement with BMW AG for its new line of lithium-ion batteries and earlier this month, a new deployment with CALSTART and the United States Postal Service.

As Director of Corporate Strategy, he led development of a corporate strategy to significantly grow Ford's presence in the Asia Pacific. As Director of Product Development for South America, O'Leary led the historical transformation of Ford South America from 100% legacy to 100% global products in three years, including local design and development of two global vehicles - EcoSport and Ka. O'Leary also led from inception to launch the successful all-new 2009 F150 which won many awards including Motor Trend and North American Truck-of-the-Year awards, as well as Truck of Texas.

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