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Volta Trucks appoints new CEO

Volta Trucks has appointed Essa Al-Saleh as its new CEO, effective April 12. He replaces Rob Fowler, who Volta says has stepped down for personal reasons but remains a shareholder of the company.

Meanwhile, Carl-Magnus Norden, founder of Volta Trucks, has been appointed as its executive chairman of the board of directors, the truck maker says.

Volta Trucks says both appointments have been made in advance of the next stage of its corporate development.

Essa Al-Saleh (L) and Carl-Magnus Norden

Essa Al-Saleh is well known to the company having been its chairman of the board of directors since September 2020. He joined Volta Trucks from Agility Logistics where he spent 13 years as president and CEO.

During that time, Agility grew from a one-country operation with 300 employees and $150m in revenue to a company operating in over 100 countries with 18,000 employees and $4bn in revenue.

Al-Saleh says: “We are at a pivotal moment of a major transformation in the automotive industry. Volta Trucks is at the heart of this transformation, building the first full-electric large commercial vehicles to support the decarbonisation of logistics, improving city centre environments for all.

“At Agility Logistics, I had what I thought was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to scale a company into a truly global organisation. To be able to do it a second time is an exciting privilege, and I look forward to leading the company’s Management Team as we embark on the next stage of the company’s development and growth.

“I’d like to thank Rob for his pivotal efforts in leading the company over the past 14 months, and launching the Volta Zero, which has positioned Volta Trucks well for the next critical phase.”