Meet Intel Veteran Aicha Evans, New CEO Of Zoox

Meet Intel Veteran Aicha Evans, New CEO Of Zoox

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR INTEL – From left to right, Timo Lumme, Yiannis Exarchos, Thomas Bach, Brian Krzanich, Aicha Evans and Kari Aakre answer questions about Intel’s Official Worldwide Partnership with the International Olympic Committee at the Intel and IOC press conference on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in New York. (Charles Sykes/AP Images for Intel)

Intel veteran Aicha Evans is now the new CEO of the robo taxi service Zoox. Before joining the self-driving auto company, Evans built a 12-year career at Intel, where she was Chief Strategy Officer.

Foster City, California-based startup Zoox, which employs about 700 people, valued at $3.2 billion after a $500 million funding round in July. Founded in 2014, Zoox is creating both self-driving software as well as its own vehicle with the goal of launching a fully autonomous, zero-emission fleet focused on ridesharing in urban areas.

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“Evans also may be the first African-American woman to lead a self-driving car company,” Forbes reported

“I’m thrilled to join Zoox and challenge the status quo with an autonomous mobility system built from the ground up,” Evans said in a company press release. “Mobility is approaching a major inflection point, and Zoox has set itself apart from entrenched players as the only company creating a solution purpose-built to meet the needs of a fully autonomous future.”

While at Intel, Evans spearheaded the company’s long-term strategy, which included launching autonomous vehicles.

“Evans replaces former Zoox CEO and co-founder Tim Kentley-Klay, who left the company last year under mysterious circumstances,” Business Insider reported. Kentley-Klay was reportedly fired by the company’s board of directors in August “without a warning, cause or right of reply,” he posted on Twitter at the time.