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Mercedes-Benz HPC North America Welcomes Seasoned Executives to Revolutionize EV Charging

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Today, Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Group and MN8 Energy, revealed the

Today, Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Group and MN8 Energy, revealed the selection of key executives tasked with spearheading the advancement and management of its high-end EV charging station network. MN8 Charging has named Glen Spencer as Chief Operating Officer and Ron Kruse as Vice President of Operations & Management. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz HPC has appointed Anupa Charles-Pierre as Vice President of Marketing & Communications and Nathan Pearson as Vice President of Finance.

This comes months after announcing the launch of the EV charging network, inaugurated at the first charging hub in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Mercedes-Benz, in partnership with MN8 Energy, has committed to invest over $1 billion to deliver 2,500 chargers within at least 400 charging hubs across North America by the end of the decade. With decades of collective experience in the EV sector, luxury brands, and customer experience, the new hires reinforce Mercedes-Benz’s and MN8 Energy’s commitment to innovation and delivering an unparalleled, premium charging experience.

“We’re intent on creating the fastest, most accessible, and highest quality charging experience ever. Delivering a market leading charging network demands pulling together a market-leading team from across the EV, luxury brand, and consumer experience sectors. These critical hires, along with our special partnership with MN8 energy, add to the diverse and dedicated team behind our network and further our momentum towards our goals.”

President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, Andrew Cornelia

Glen Spencer brings more than 30 years of experience in renewable energy, commercial design, build construction, and infrastructure to MN8 Charging. Spencer has managed programs and led companies with $500 million in annual capital projects. Most recently, he led the design and construction efforts for EV infrastructure programs at BP, deploying over 1,000 DC fast charging stations with Electrify America and BP in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.

Ron Kruse has over 20 years of experience building, leading, and transforming operations teams within the clean energy and industrial supply sectors. Kruse comes to MN8 Charging from Volta Charging, where he served as Volta’s Vice President of Service Operations and led field service, customer support, and operational analytics which resulted in securing Volta’s award recognition from JD Power. Kruse’s career in operations has spanned roles in supply chain, information technology, and field operations. With an unrelenting focus on process improvement, change management, and team building, Ron operationalizes and rapidly scales organizations to enable revenue.

Anupa Charles-Pierre comes to Mercedes-Benz HPC with 25 years of marketing, communications, and leadership experience across several different industries and disciplines, with a keen focus and passion for building strong luxury brands and creating memorable experiences for customers and communities. She has significant automotive experience through her work at Ferrari NA, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Ford Motor Company. Most recently, Anupa oversaw global brand marketing at Hilton for their luxury brands Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, and LXR Hotels & Resorts.

Nathan Pearson joins Mercedes-Benz HPC after three years as Chief Financial Officer at LIFEAID Beverage Company. Pearson has an extensive background building finance functions across multiple industries. He led financial planning for the early phase of Tesla’s Supercharger network, following a stint managing construction finance and site development for Tesla’s first Gigafactory in Nevada. After his time at Tesla, Nate worked with growth-stage companies in the consumer products space.

Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, in partnership with MN8 Charging, is responsible for the development and operation of the Mercedes-Benz charging network in North America, helping realize the next, essential step forward in Mercedes-Benz’s electrification strategy: expansion of the overall North American EV charging map to help propel EV adoption to the next levels. The company is part of the Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG family of companies, the financial and mobility services division of Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

Further information on Mercedes-Benz HPC North America is available at: https://www.mbusa.com/en/ev-charging-stations.

SOURCE: Mercedes-Benz HPC North America

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