There are lots of start-up companies with big ambitions, but how many hire ex-Ferrari bosses?
Small California-based electric-car company Faraday Future, which lifted the veil on its FFZERO1 Concept at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, is growing rapidly, bringing a former Ferrari executive to a top leadership post.
Electrek reports that the new hire is Marco Mattiacci, an award-winning auto executive who led Ferrari North America and Ferrari Asia Pacific between 2006 and 2014.
The Chinese-backed firm has grown to 750 employees globally, partnering with China’s tech giant LeEco. Moreover, in December 2015, Faraday Future announced that it would invest up to $1 billion into its first manufacturing facility, settling on a location in North Las Vegas.
Even so, there is a lot of mystery surrounding the company, as details about its plans (or its CEO, for that matter) remains a wild guess. All we know is that Faraday Future expects to launch its first fully electric vehicle in 2017.
Titled Global Chief Brand and Commercial Officer, Ding Lei, co-founder, global vice chairman & managing director of LeEco’s Super Electric Ecosystem described him as “one of the most exceptional executives in the automotive industry today”.
“His new appointment at Faraday Future speaks to the company’s ability to attract internationally-renowned talent and the popularity of a futuristic approach to mobility”, continued Lei.
“Throughout my career, I have been a passionate believer in innovation and unique user experiences for customers. Joining the Faraday Future team is an incredible opportunity that revolves around a completely new, connected, and intelligent way of thinking. I look forward to the role I will play in developing a truly brave and innovative path forward for the industry”, said Mattiacci.
Faraday Future also employed the talent of Nick Sampson, former head engineer on Model S chassis development at Tesla, and BMW i8 and i3 designer Richard Kim.