Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ricardo boosts emphasis on Silicon Valley

Ricardo plc has made Paul Rivera executive vice president for Ricardo Inc., with direct responsibility for leading the company’s Santa Clara Technical Centre in California’s Silicon Valley.

Rivera will lead the strategy to further develop Ricardo California into a world-class technology centre focused on emissions after-treatment and catalysis for conventional combustion engines, and hybrid powertrain, electronic module, fuel cell systems, and connected and autonomous vehicle design, development, integration and testing.

In addition, the expanded technical facility will increasingly focus on environmental consulting through collaboration with Ricardo AEA and Ricardo Strategic Consulting.

With its new focus of activity, the Santa Clara Technical Centre aims to provide an ideal location from which it can provide its strong capabilities in sustainable transport, climate change, and air quality.

Similarly with Silicon Valley’s reputation as a hotbed for automotive technology development and emerging mobility business models based on electronics and software innovations, the focus of engineering, technical and strategic consulting activities at Santa Clara will also enable Ricardo to provide a better and more responsive service to both existing and new clients, from traditional automotive players to new entrants and financial investors.

Since joining Ricardo in 2011, Rivera most recently held the position of managing director of Ricardo Europe’s hybrid and electric systems business and global product director for the technologies as well. 

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