In a key move to fortify its leadership, May Mobility, an avant-garde in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology development and deployment, has confirmed the appointment of Sid Venkatesan as its new general counsel. This strategic development arrives at a crucial period as May Mobility primes for substantial growth, planning several new deployments in the forthcoming months.
Why It Matters
Venkatesan’s role will be instrumental in safeguarding May Mobility’s intellectual property and data, simultaneously crafting policies to propel scalable, safe, and compliant growth of the company’s autonomous deployments. His broad legal expertise spanning two decades, primarily within the tech and AV industries, will fortify the company’s position amidst an increasingly complex regulatory environment. “Deploying autonomous vehicles requires more than technology—it requires regulatory and legal expertise,” stated Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility.
Sid Venkatesan transitions to May Mobility following his tenure as chief legal officer at Embark Technology, an industry leader in autonomous vehicle tech for class 8 semi-trucks. His commendable contribution includes directing the development of various risk mitigation programs and overseeing the company’s legal leadership. His legal acumen guided Embark through a triumphant deSPAC transaction and transition to a Nasdaq-listed company. He also served as general counsel and chief operating officer at a private equity-backed manufacturing firm and as chief IP counsel at GE Digital. Prior to his corporate leadership roles, Venkatesan was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he catered to major tech companies in intricate litigation and IP strategy matters.
This pivotal leadership transition falls in line with the massive shift in the mobility sector toward sustainability and accessibility, spurred on by the accelerated development of autonomous driving. “I am excited to be part of this transition and was particularly attracted to May Mobility’s technology leadership as well as its mission of enhancing access to transportation and quality of life through its technology,” expressed Venkatesan. Armed with an MBA from Wharton School, a juris doctor’s degree from NYU School of Law, and an engineering degree from Cornell, Venkatesan is poised to bolster May Mobility’s ongoing mission of revolutionizing public infrastructure through autonomous microtransit.