Richard “Rick” Dauch
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Dauch is an automotive industry leader with more than 25 years of industry experience, including 12 years serving in CEO roles for private and publicly traded companies. Prior to joining Workhorse Group, Richard served as the CEO of Delphi Technologies where he successfully completed the spin-off from Aptiv and executed a merger with BorgWarner in October 2020. From February 2011 to January 2019, he served as President and CEO of Accuride Corporation and prior to that Dauch was President and CEO of Acument Global Technologies. He joined Acument following a 13-year career with American Axle and Manufacturing, where he last served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing. Dauch began his career with United Technologies. He previously served as an Officer in the U.S. Army for seven years after earning a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was a four-year football letterman. He holds master’s degrees in management and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a fellow in the Leaders for Manufacturing program.
Robert "Bob" Ginnan
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ginnan comes to Workhorse with 20 plus years of senior finance and leadership experience, having most recently served as the CFO for privately held Family RV Group, the fifth largest RV dealer in the country. Over the three years following his appointment in 2017, Family RV Group revenues grew from $80 million to $200 million. During that time Ginnan was instrumental in the implementation of new financing options and driving much of the sales expansion through acquisitions. Later, he was named CEO and successfully managed the sale of the firm to RV Retailer in February 2021. Throughout his career, Ginnan has held positions of increasing responsibility in finance, ranging from plant to corporate levels. In these various roles, he executed multiple accounting and information technology (“IT”) system installations and refined capital structures for firms in multiple industries.
Ginnan holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and IT from Ohio State University and an MBA from Ashland University.
Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller
Mr. Ackerson has over 15 years of experience in accounting, auditing and finance and has served in several leadership positions throughout his career. Prior to joining Workhorse, Mr. Ackerson was an Assurance Senior Manager with BDO USA LLP, an international accounting firm. Mr. Ackerson was previously with NewPage Corporation as Senior Manager Technical Accounting where he focused on financial reporting and FCC compliance. Ackerson served as an Inspection Specialist for Public Company Accounting Oversite Board (PCAOB) and held various progressive audit roles with PwC. Mr. Ackerson received his Master of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration and Finance from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business.
Chief Technology Officer
Josh is a 20+ year veteran of the EV and HEV commercial vehicle space, with prior executive roles encompassing engineering, technology and IP, business development and customer service. Josh has served in CTO and VP roles in several EV transit bus OEMs. Over the past 7 years Josh has led a consulting firm delivering new product development and program management to bus, truck and marine OEMs in North America, Europe, and China. Josh has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
President, Commercial Vehicles
Mr. Gaul has nearly 20 years of automotive experience with more than 15 of those years in senior management. Ryan joined Workhorse from Gentherm, Inc (NASDAQ: THRM) a leading automotive technology company. He brings broad functional leadership experience, having successfully lead IT, Strategy, M&A, Business Development, Marketing, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain. While at Gentherm, Ryan held various senior executive leadership roles, including international assignments in Germany and China, where he led Gentherm’s lean manufacturing transformation and commercial and manufacturing expansion in Asia. As SVP of global Manufacturing and Supply Chain, he led over 10,000 associates and 12 manufacturing sites. Ryan also brings significant commercial experience to the Workhorse team, having led large diverse teams while overseeing various functional areas at the senior executive level. Ryan has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
President, Workhorse Aerospace
Mr. Graber brings his experience in both public and private companies engaged in the aerospace industry to the Workhorse team. Mr. Graber’s leadership experience encompasses corporate strategy, business development and M&A. Prior to his appointment of President of Aerospace, Mr. Graber had been leading the development of Workhorse’s Horsefly™ last-mile drone delivery program. Mr. Graber was previously Managing Partner of Master Aviation Group, an aerospace consulting business and prior to forming Master Aviation Group, Mr. Graber served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Aviation Holdings, President of CHC Helicopter Services, President of ABX Air and Senior Vice President and Managing Director of ATA Airlines. Mr. Graber served as an Army Aviator for the US Army for twenty-one years and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Graber received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Edison State University.
Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
Jim has over 25 years of Business, Legal, Accounting & Human Resource experience and has spent the last 15 years as Senior Vice President, General Counsel (Compliance) with both Tenneco and Delphi Technologies and has extensive experience in the areas of corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Jim has a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in Accounting, his MBA from the University of Chicago, and his Law Degree from Northwestern.
Corporate VP of Supply Chain & Procurement
Jim Peters is a proven Supply Chain executive with extensive experience at both the automotive OEM and Tier 1 levels. He most recently served as Executive Director Global Purchasing and Supplier Quality with American Axle and Manufacturing, the leading automotive Tier 1 supplier of global driveline systems and technologies. Peters began his career at the former Chrysler Corporation where he spent 17 years holding a series of increasingly responsible executive positions in the areas of vehicle manufacturing, quality systems, purchasing and supplier quality operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University.
Vice President, Product Development
Dave began his career with SDRC in Cincinnati, then Paris, France and the then Detroit. Dave recently served as Triad Services Group's president for 27 years during which he served as Chief Engineer on the presidential limousine, Chevrolet SSR, MV1 Mobility Vehicle, and a purpose-built tactical vehicle for the US government. All of these programs included both high and low volume production and field support. Dave looks forward to helping the Workhorse team in advancing current and future products to these same outcomes and successes. Dave has a BSME and MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
Vice President, Commercial Development
Mr. Nordh has extensive experience in the automotive space. Formerly the Senior Director of Advanced Vehicle Technology & Energy Products with Ryder System Inc., Mr. Nordh led business strategy, product expansion and partnerships for Ryder focusing on next generation vehicle technology. With a background in leveraging the product and technology expertise of emerging EV original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”), Nordh effectively created a multi-national OEM support system, experience which will be valuable in supporting Workhorse channel partners. Mr. Nordh received his MBA in Management Science and Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami.
Vice President, Corporate Development & Communications
Mr. March is a senior level executive with extensive experience in M&A activities, public affairs, investor relations and corporate communications. He has held strategic executive positions for more than 15 years across a broad spectrum of businesses from a multi-industry conglomerate to global semiconductor and clean technology leaders. Stan most recently served as a Senior Vice President for smart metering pioneer Landis+Gyr and was responsible for executing the company’s 2017 $2.3 Billion Swiss IPO. He holds a BS in General Engineering from West Point and a MS in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kerry Roraff has over 20 years of progressive HR experience within the Automotive, Information Technology and Telecommunications industry. Prior to Workhorse, she worked for HARMAN for eight years as the Senior Director, North America Automotive where she was responsible for creating and executing the HR strategy in the areas of leadership development, talent acquisition, performance management, DE&I, rewards, and organizational change management. In addition, she had global HR responsibility for a $2B infotainment business unit comprised of 1,700 employees. During her time with HARMAN, she held several HR leadership roles with increasing responsibility supporting supply chain, operations, sales, finance, strategy, and marketing. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources from Michigan State University.
Vice President, Government Affairs
Ben Drake brings diverse leadership experience from the public and private sectors to Workhorse. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director for Energy Resilience policy with the Department of Defense and led emerging technology policy on the Strategy team. He joined the Federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow and held professional staff roles with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer. Prior, Ben managed Accuride Corporation’s largest account, Navistar. He holds a master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University.
Vice President, Manufacturing
Brad Hartzell comes to Workhorse with 20+ years of manufacturing experience from the Tier One Automotive Supplier sector. His prior assignments included participating in turnaround activities and global growth activities in Europe and Asia, not limited to Managing Director, Manufacturing Services Director, and Plant Manager. Brad has rich experience in axle and wheel manufacturing from factories that supplied Mercedes Benz, GAC-Fiat, GM, Ford, DAF, Mahindra, and many other customers. Brad received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.