Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe has taken on one other function throughout the publicly traded EV maker as chief product officer Nick Kalayjian strikes out of the job and finally into an advisory place, according to a regulatory filing and inside emails considered by TechCrunch. Scaringe will now be chargeable for all product improvement — a important place at an organization engaged on a next-generation platform that’s speculated to ship extra reasonably priced EVs and assist catapult Rivian into the mass market.
Kalayjian will transfer to the function of government vp of auto engineering and propulsion and can proceed to report back to the CEO. Scaringe stated in an an inside e mail considered by TechCrunch that Kalayjian can be centered on “Peregrine” (the next-gen platform that can be used throughout all automobiles – R1, R2 and the electrical supply van) earlier than he in the end transfers to a product and know-how advisory function.
“You’ve gotten heard me repeatedly state in our firm updates, it’s important that high quality performs a central function throughout our enterprise – this not solely drives how our model is perceived however it’s a main enabler for our continued ramp,” Scaringe wrote in his e mail to staff.
In a separate inside e mail, Kalayjian wrote:
With this, the time has come for me to make a change. Over the previous couple of months, I’ve taken time to Zoom Out and have been speaking with RJ to know how my involvement may proceed to permit me to have an effect whereas letting me step again from my present function. My need to make adjustments aligns completely with RJ’s need to redirect extra of his time and power towards Product management. I’ve by no means met anybody in my life or profession who’s a greater mixture of engineer and visionary product chief than RJ. I do know that him spending extra time working with our Product groups will create important worth for all of us and our shareholders.
The transfer contains another shuffling on the manager workforce, particularly on who studies to Scaringe and Kalayjian.
Richard Farquhar, who has been vp of propulsion, can be stepping away from his present function December 11 and into a brand new function as senior vp of future R&D. He’ll report back to Scaringe upon his return subsequent yr. High quality and reliability groups led by Brad Thacker and Georgios Sarakakis may even report on to Scaringe.
Paul Frey, who heads up the charging, power and journey merchandise, will now be chargeable for battery as nicely and can proceed to report back to Kalayjian. Silva Hiti, senior director of electrical energy conversion, and Henry Huang, senior director of energy and thermal engineering, may even report on to Kalayjian.