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February 26, 2019 2:00 PM, EST

Nikola Chooses Mark Russell as President

Mark Russell A Nikola One demo. (Nikola Corp. via YouTube)

Mark Russell has joined Nikola Corp.’s executive management team as president at a time when the company said it is poised to start production of several groundbreaking zero-emissions vehicles.

Mark Russell

Milton (left) and Russell

Russell was president and chief operating officer of Worthington Industries, a publicly traded global metals manufacturing company, from 2012 to 2018.

“We needed the best. We needed a seasoned manufacturing executive to join the Nikola team,” founder and CEO Trevor Milton said in a statement. “Mark’s background and experience match well with the challenge to ramp up production of the extraordinary vehicles we will unveil at Nikola World on April 16-17.”

Nikola has more than four years of production committed with pre-order reservations. Nikola’s Coolidge, Ariz., manufacturing facility is scheduled to come online in 2022 and will be capable of building up to 35,000 trucks per year, according to the Phoenix-based company.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Nikola team at this critical time and look forward to assisting its growth into production and beyond,” Russell said.

Nikola is developing zero-emissions hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks and battery-electric trucks as well as building the necessary fueling infrastructure. — Transport Topics