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This list showcases the top United States based CFO’ operating in the Autonomous Vehicles space. If you think a CFO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CFO & CIO of Levere Holdings
Stefan Krause was born November 17, 1962, in the city of Bogotá. A German-Colombian manager, Krause would grow into his position as a high-level CEO after gaining professional experience at his father’s company. Now a decorated CEO with professional experience at such high-level brands as BMW Group, MINI, and Deutsche Bank, Krause has more than three decades of experience in banking, engineering, sales, marketing, and financial services. During Stefan’s 20 year long career at BMW he held various positions in Engineering, Sales, Marketing & Financial Services at BMW in Germany and the US. In 2002 he was promoted to the Board of Management of BMW as Global CFO. During his tenure he was also CEO of Rolls Royce and closely involved with the relaunch of the MINI Brand. He moved to become the Management Board member responsible for Sales, Marketing and Branding before leaving BMW to accept the Global CFO Position at Deutsche Bank in 2008. After 8 Years at Deutsche Bank he became the CEO of Celestial, a private UK investment firm as well as a Senior Advisor to the Private Equity Firm Warburg Pincus in London and Member of the Supervisory Board of Rocket Internet SE, Berlin. Recently Krause was brought in by VELO3D due to his international background and expertise in marketing and branding. VELO3D is a 3D printing company that merged with JAWS Spitfire Acquisition Corporation to become a public company. In May 2021, Drake Star Partners would add Stefan Krause to their team as a Senior Advisor. Krause was selected to support the investment bankers at Drake Start Partners in their efforts as merger and acquisition specialists. Stefan has a high passion for automobiles and the future of mobility, with extensive experience in marketing and lifestyle brands. His love for cars coupled with his deep network in automotive, finance and technology has motivated him to pursue his life-long dream of creating an EV brand in an effort to address the rising demand and the future of clean mobility.
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About Levere Holdings: Levere Holdings is a blank check company that targets the EMEA mobility sector.
CFO of Ford Motor
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About Amazon, ASAPP, Ford Motor: Ford Motor is an automotive company that develops, manufactures, and distributes vehicles, parts, and accessories.
Chief Financial Officer of Local Motors
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About Local Motors: Local Motors is an American motor vehicle company that creates and delivers safe and accessible mobility solutions for local communities.
CFO of Light
Tom is Chief Financial Officer of Light. In his role as CFO, Tom is responsible for Light’s finance, accounting and administrative operations, legal, human resources and investor relations. He brings to the company over thirty years of extensive financial and operations experience from various high technology software and services companies.
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About Light: Light enables machines to see like humans using a camera-based perception platform that revolutionizes perception for ADAS/AV.
Chief Financial Officer of Robotic Research
Josh Araujo is the Chief Financial Officer of Robotic Research. He is a finance professional with more than 20 years of experience across military, investment banking, and financial leadership roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.
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About Robotic Research: Robotic Research develops autonomy and robotic technology to improve the safety, security, and effectiveness of transportation.
Co-Founder & CFO of Metropolis
Travis Kell is an entrepreneur, investor and former financial services professional. He is the Co-Founder, COO and CFO of Metropolis Technologies, Inc. Prior to founding Metropolis, Travis was in the financial services industry in New York with a focus on private investments. Most recently, he was a senior business development professional at Winton Group. Winton is a $30 billion computer-driven global investment management and data science company. Previously, Travis was a Director at BlackRock Alternative Advisors where he led the New York-based Product Strategy team responsible for $5 billion of client assets invested across a range of hedge fund strategies. His primary focus was to develop and structure customized portfolio solutions with sophisticated investors across the U.S. and Canada. During his tenure with BlackRock, Travis was involved in negotiating and structuring several portfolios of hedge funds and opportunistic co-investments totaling $3 billion. His career began as an Analyst in 2006 at Quellos Group in Seattle. Quellos was a boutique alternative investment management firm that was acquired by BlackRock in 2007 to create the firm’s $25 billion global hedge fund solutions platform.
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About Metropolis: Metropolis is an AI and computer vision start-up built to modernize parking and empower the future of mobility.
CFO of Ouster
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About Ouster: Ouster builds high-resolution lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles, robotics, and many other applications.
CFO of NEXT Future Transportation
Andy has extensive experience in corporate leadership, new business development and business transformation – a proven leader who turns ideas into actions by building high performance teams driven to deliver results. With senior executive roles in both commercial development and finance, Andy uniquely blends financial rigor and strategic creativity to rapidly drive customer focused change that impacts the bottom line. Andy has more than 20 years of experience in leading change and turnarounds in challenging business environments. Most recently, he was Chief Commercial Officer at Greyhound Lines where he built a new team that consolidated direct responsibility for advertising, revenue management, schedule product, sales channel strategy, strategic alliances and business intelligence. He joined Greyhound in 2004 as Director of Strategic Planning, leading a comprehensive route restructuring effort that more than doubled Greyhound’s earnings and tripled their returns before becoming Greyhound’s Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Prior to Greyhound, Andy spent 12 years in various business planning and strategy roles with multiple Fortune 500 companies, building expertise in consumer products, healthcare and transportation. In his most recent role as Chief Commercial Officer at Greyhound, Andy led a comprehensive digital transformation to increase customer engagement and make the entire customer journey as hassle free as possible. Supporting the transformation, Andy’s team developed a new brand strategy and advertising campaign to positively reposition Greyhound as a surprisingly smart and modern travel option. The combined effort has played a critical role in returning the entire North American bus industry back to vibrancy. He is currently serving as an advisor to several early stage technology companies in business plan development and fund raising including expanding strategic partnerships and accelerating their go to market strategies.
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About NEXT Future Transportation: Designs, manufactures, and distributes advanced electric vehicles and robotic systems transportation and logistics
Chief Financial Officer of RoadBotics
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About B2B CFO, RoadBotics: RoadBotics empowers governments and communities to make objective, data-driven decisions about their public infrastructure assets.
CFO of PrecisionHawk
Brian Bharwani serves as the Chief Financial Officer at PrecisionHawk.
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About PrecisionHawk: Precision Hawk develops and integrates commercial drone technology that redefines aerial data collection and analysis.
Chief Financial Officer of eTrans Systems
Senior financial and accounting executive with 18+ years experience including lead financial roles in private equity and venture-backed companies.
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About eTrans Systems: eTrans Systems specializes in the development of secure connected vehicle systems for the software development life-cycle.