Cruise Names Marc Whitten CEO

Cruise has announced the appointment of Marc Whitten as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 16, and Nick Mulholland as Chief Communications & Marketing Officer. Marc Whitten, a seasoned leader with extensive experience in technology transformations, brings valuable expertise to drive Cruise’s vision of offering innovative technology and services. Nick Mulholland, with his deep knowledge of the auto, tech, and electric vehicle industries, is set to lead Cruise’s communication and marketing efforts.

Key Highlights

  • Marc Whitten is appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective July 16.
  • Marc Whitten‘s extensive background includes roles at Xbox, Amazon, Sonos, and Unity.
  • Mo Elshenawy continues as President and Chief Technology Officer.
  • Craig Glidden will focus on his role as President and Chief Administrative Officer at GM.
  • Steve Kenner remains as Chief Safety Officer, all reporting to Marc.
  • Nick Mulholland joins as Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, bringing experience from Rivian.

Marc Whitten‘s impressive career includes being a founding engineer at Xbox, where he scaled technology to serve millions of gamers. At Amazon, he held senior positions overseeing Fire TV, Kindle, and other entertainment services. As Chief Product Officer at Sonos and later at Unity, he expanded the use of AI and real-time 3D technology, enhancing experiences across various platforms.

Mo Elshenawy will continue his role as President and Chief Technology Officer, while Craig Glidden will now focus solely on his duties as President and Chief Administrative Officer at GM. Both will report to Marc Whitten, along with Steve Kenner, the Chief Safety Officer.

Marc expressed his enthusiasm for joining Cruise, stating, “In a few years, transportation will be fundamentally safer and more accessible than it is today, creating much more value for individuals and communities around the world. It is an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of this transformation. The team at Cruise has built world-class technology, and I look forward to working with them to help bring this critical mission to life.”

In addition to Marc’s appointment, Cruise has also welcomed Nick Mulholland as the new Chief Communications & Marketing Officer. Nick previously led Rivian’s global communications team, including brand marketing, corporate, and sustainability communications. He brings a wealth of experience in the auto, tech, and electric vehicle sectors.

Nick commented on his new role, “My core belief is that this technology and Cruise’s dedication to its mission will change the world. Achieving such a bold vision will require a deep and meaningful collaboration with the communities we serve. It is an incredible opportunity to play a role in building these vital connections.”

About Cruise

Cruise aims to create the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to enhance safety and connectivity. Since June 2024, Cruise has resumed supervised autonomous driving in Phoenix, AZ, Houston, and Dallas, TX, along with ongoing testing in Dubai. Majority-owned by General Motors since 2016, Cruise combines innovative technology with a legacy of automotive excellence. Significant funding has been provided by companies and investors such as Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart.

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