Zero names ex-HP exec CEO

Zero Motorcycles in July announced an addition to its senior leadership team, naming Richard Walker as CEO. Walker comes to Zero with more than 30 years of business experience, including stints with Hewlett Packard and, more recently, Control4 as executive vice president of the Products Group.

During his tenure with HP, Walker served as vice president and general manager of the Consumer Desktop Business Division and was responsible for the HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Touchsmart Product Lines. At Control4 and Hewlett Packard, Walker earned a reputation for his entrepreneurial spirit, ability to optimize operations and, most importantly, aligning resources to accelerate growth.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic team and help lead a new and innovative company to higher levels of performance and success,” Walker said. “My goal is to ensure that Zero Motorcycles continues to grow and lead the electric motorcycle industry through product innovation and sound management, while never losing sight of our goal to build a ‘better motorcycle’ for our customers to enjoy.”

Walker’s selection as CEO completes the formation of the executive management team at Zero Motorcycles, a process that began more than two years ago. Karl Wharton remains with Zero as COO. Walker’s addition builds on the extensive recruitment of executive staff at Zero, which includes John Borofka, Abe Askenazi, John Lloyd, Jay Friedland, Mark Kennedy and Scot Harden.

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