Brendan Riley, president of GreenPower Motor Company, stands next to one of his company’s double-decker busses, one of the models of electric-powered school and transit busses the Canadian company plans to build after it constructs it first U.S. manufacturing plant in Porterville. Photo by David Castellon

published on July 8, 2019 - 4:02 PM
Written by David Castellon

Canada’s GreenPower Motor Company, which manufactures all-electric busses out of two Porterville facilities, has appointed the company’s president to its board of directors.

Members of the board unanimously appointed Brendan Riley to the post to replace Phillip Oldridge, a founder of the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based company who was replaced as CEO in June. A GreenPower press release issued this morning states he has resigned from his seat on the board, though there is no mention or his reasons for leaving or for last month’s change of leadership.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Brendan to the board of directors. We look forward to Brendan having an even greater impact on shaping and implementing the vision we have for GreenPower,” said Fraser Atkinson, chairman and CEO, in a press release. “He has built a solid team and is leading them on our next phase of growth — focused on increased market penetration, production and an uplisting on NASDAQ — in the upcoming quarters.”

Riley has served as the company’s president since October 2016, and since has been instrumental in overseeing GreenPower’s growth plans and executing its operating strategy, the release continues.

Prior to joining GreenPower, he was the North American vice president of fleet sales for BYD North America, another maker of electric buses and other vehicles, where he was in charge of strategy, tactics, support and training for selling all-electric buses, trucks, cars and material-handling equipment.

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