DPDgroup GM Rob Fowler becomes CEO of Volta Trucks
Volta Trucks – the Swedish startup behind a new generation of fully electric trucks has appointed Rob Fowler, current General Manager of CSR and Technical Planning at DPDgroup UK, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 10th February 2020.
Volta’s current CEO, Carl-Magnus Norden, founded the company in May 2019 and during its start-up phase has focused on recruiting a C-level team equipped to execute the company’s roadmap. Norden remains active in the company and on Volta’s board, and will be responsible for its long-term strategy.
As new CEO, Fowler will lead the development of Volta’s first prototype vehicle, which is now confirmed to be manufactured in Banbury, UK, and will be unveiled early summer 2020, followed by street pilots together with selected operators in London and Paris in 2021. He will also be responsible for the onboarding of customers, while further developing the Volta team and its investment proposition.
Fowler brings to Volta significant experience from the UK logistics industry, having spent the last five years in senior roles at DPDgroup, the second-largest operator in the Courier, Express and Parcel (CEP) market in Europe. In his role as General Manager of CSR and Technical Planning, Fowler has been leading DPD’s UK electric vehicle strategy and CSR programmes, with a particular focus on urban logistics, EV deployment, the development of charging infrastructure and stakeholder engagement.
Rob Fowler comments: “It is a very exciting time to be joining Volta Trucks as its new CEO. A widespread environmental awareness amongst consumers and corporations, regulatory changes, and a clear desire from current business leaders to decarbonise transport has put pressure on operators to embrace innovation and deliver change. Volta strives to be at the forefront of this change, and I believe it has the potential to become the international market leader. Carl-Magnus and the team have already laid the groundwork for Volta to become an outstanding business and I look forward to helping the company – and its vehicles – achieve full potential. We live in an increasingly urbanised world with the daily lives of people living in major cities affected by city transportation. Not only will Volta Trucks deliver commercial value for transport operators, but also environmental and safety benefits improving the quality of life and health of city dwellers. This is a truly worthwhile mission of which I am very excited and proud to be a part.”