Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox Inc. has named veteran Intel Corp.
executive Aicha Evans its new CEO, recruiting a seasoned manager to replace its ousted founder as the company attempts to reinvent the car.
Evans is chief strategy officer at Intel where she spent the past 12 years in various roles, including as head of the communication and device group overseeing the company’s efforts to sell chips for mobile phones. In 2017, Evans became responsible for the chip company’s long-term strategy, including a push into autonomous vehicles, after she nearly left amid other management changes.
She begins at Zoox on Feb. 26. Her hiring makes Evans, born in Senegal and raised in Paris, one of the most high-profile black women running a Silicon Valley tech company.
She succeeds Tim Kentley-Klay, the co-founder who was removed as CEO by Zoox’s board last August after the company had completed a $500 million round that valued the company at $3.2 billion.
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