Zero just sent out a release announcing two more adds to the executive pool: Dennis Gore, as VP of Product Development, and John Zukoff as VP of Quality.
Both hail from strong automotive industry backgrounds - Gore, from Chery Automobile, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi, Zukoff from GM, Fiat/Chrysler and Tesla.
Gore has a strong background in China-based product development and market expansion, while Zukoff, based in the San Francisco area, shows his latest work as with FOX Racing Shox, also focused on a global perspective for Q/A and production streamlining.
Here's the release:
LEADING THE WAY: ZERO MOTORCYCLES EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM
Company Invests in Top Talent for Two New Vice President Roles SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Feb. 11, 2015) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced today two additions to the company’s executive team. Dennis Gore joins Zero as the Vice President of Product Development, while John Zukoff becomes the Vice President of Quality. The two senior management roles are newly created, and the pair are based in Zero’s Scotts Valley, California, headquarters. “These two new positions represent a strategic investment in our continued growth,” said Richard Walker, Zero Motorcycles CEO. “Dennis and John each bring such a wealth of relevant experience. We have amazing talent throughout the organization, and this enhanced leadership sets us up for the next phase of our success.” As the VP of Product Development, Dennis Gore brings a hands-on approach to managing Zero’s Engineering functions and future product projects, in order to continue creating the world’s leading electric motorcycles. He has a strong background in the automotive industry, having held strategic positions with Chery Automobile, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi. Gore places particular emphasis upon understanding customer expectations and market requirements, which informs the entire product development cycle. John Zukoff, VP of Quality, is responsible for developing and enforcing processes to ensure consistent quality from the earliest stages of product development through final motorcycle production with the clear goal of exceeding the expectations of Zero dealers and riders worldwide. Zukoff brings decades of automotive industry experience leading quality programs with General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Tesla Motors.
“We are fortunate to attract people of this caliber,” said Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer at Zero. “Adding the talents of Dennis and John to our in-house expertise is already paying dividends and will lead to more advanced and better products down the road.”