Raymond J. Chess
Chairman of the Board
Raymond Chess has 40+ years in the automotive industry. Mr. Chess joined General Motors in 1980, and during his 37 years with the company, he held ever increasing roles and responsibilities in both manufacturing and product development. While in manufacturing, Mr. Chess held key positions in both plant floor operations and manufacturing engineering such as Chief Manufacturing Engineer and Executive Director of Stamping and Assembly. While in product development, Ray was a Vehicle Line Executive, where he lead global cross functional responsibilities for GM’s commercial truck line from 2001 to 2009 and GM’s cross over segment from 2009 through 2012. Upon retirement from General Motors, he formed his own engineering consulting company. In 2014, Ray was elected onto the Board of Directors of Rush Enterprises. Ray also sits on the advisory board of Productive Research LLC. He started working with Workhorse in 2014 on their advisory board, was then elected to their Board of Directors and subsequently became the Chairman.
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.
Jacqueline A. Dedo
Jacqui Dedo has over 30 years of global automotive, off highway, industrial and aftermarket experience. She has held various leadership positions at Piston Group, Dana Holding Corp., Motorola, and Robert Bosch Corporation among others and has a proven background in managing full P&L responsibilities for major business units and entire companies responsible for up to $2 billion in revenue. Dedo also has nearly two decades of board membership experience across a variety of automotive, transportation and nonprofit organizations. She is Co-Founder of Aware Mobility, LLC., which is engaged in the technical development, investing, partnering and application of both electrified propulsion and connectivity tools, platforms and applications. She has been honored on multiple occasions by Automotive News as one of the "Top 100 Leading Women." She is a current Board Member at Cadillac Products, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Detroit Science Center, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Kettering University.
Pamela S. Mader
Pamela Mader has over three decades of automotive industry experience, with a proven track record in leading Fortune 100 manufacturing organizations as well as supporting the growth of emerging growth companies through various business advisory services. She most recently served as the VP of Belcan Consulting Services where she supported Belcan's acquisition of Allegiant International, LLC., overseeing the integration of both business processes and personnel. Prior to that, Mader spent over 15 years at General Motors in a variety of leadership roles, including numerous plant manager positions where she directed operations for manufacturing of hundreds of thousands of vehicles annually. Among many other awards and accolades, Mader has been recognized by Automotive News as one of the "Top 100 Leading Women" and was given the "Top Ten Women Community Leader" award from the City of Dayton, Ohio. She has 13 years of board membership experience and is currently an Executive Board Member at the Purdue University's Polytechnic Institute.
Bill Quigley has over three decades of financial and operating experience in the automotive and manufacturing industries as well as prior board-level tenure to Workhorse. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nexteer Automotive Group Limited, a tier one automotive supplier operating from 27 manufacturing facilities and three global technical centers with over 12,000 employees. Quigley has also previously held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Dana Holding Corporation and Visteon Corporation. Since 2016, he has served as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee at Cadre Holdings Inc., a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of safety and survivability equipment for first responders. Quigley holds a B.A. in Accounting from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant In the state of Michigan.
Mr. Miller retired from the United States Army as a Four-Star General following nearly four decades of uniformed service. A former Delta Force commander, Miller served as the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and as commander of the United States Forces in Afghanistan from September 2018 through July 2021. Previously, he served as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. He is the recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart (with oak leaf cluster). Following his retirement from the Army, he joined the board of advisors of Striveworks, a data analytics software company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Marine Corps War College and Joint Combined Warfighting School.
Dr. Jean Botti
Dr. Botti brings more than three decades of global aviation and automotive leadership experience with expertise in electrification. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of VoltAero SA, an electric aircraft company. Dr. Botti previously served as Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer at Philips NV, Chief Technical Officer at Airbus Group for ten years and in various technology leadership roles in fuel cells, power train, propulsion, dynamics and thermal systems at Delphi Automotive. He began his career in roles at General Motors and Renault. Dr. Botti graduated from the National Institute of Applied Sciences with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also holds an MBA from Central Michigan University, a degree in Research and Development Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD from the National Conservatory of Arts & Trades. Dr. Botti holds 31 patents and four defensive publications.
Brandon Torres Declet
Mr. Torres Declet is a pioneer in the drone industry with a significant operational background and more than 25 years of experience intersecting top government agencies and corporate industry in highly regulated markets. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Unusual Machines and previously served in various leadership roles including as Chief Executive Officer and Director at AgEagle Aerial Systems, a leading publicly traded commercial drone company. Mr. Torres Declet has also founded numerous successful drone businesses including Measure UAS and Measure Global, one of the largest drone service providers in North America and the leading drone operations SaaS platform, respectively. He also served as Senior Advisor to Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs and was appointed to the FAA’s Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Torres Declet holds a degree in Political Science from Union College, a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law, and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.