Board of directors and executive team additions strengthen May Mobility’s position in the industry
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, today announced the addition of Chief Commercial Officer Manik Dhar and the expansion of its board of directors. These additions build upon the organization’s strong foundation of innovative AV technology, a scalable go-to-market approach, and strong relationships with key strategic partners.
Dhar brings more than 25 years of experience leading companies across multiple industries and geographies to substantial revenue growth. He previously served as chief revenue officer at data-annotation firm CloudFactory, and held leadership roles at student-transportation disruptor Zūm, Google, and Oracle.
“Manik will strengthen our go-to-market strategy and ensure sustainable monetization,” said Edwin Olson, chief executive officer of May Mobility. “The scalability of our Multi-Policy Decision Making system is one of May Mobility’s core strengths. With Manik’s diverse experience at Zūm, Google, and Oracle, and proven track record developing those major companies, we’ll accelerate our growth while strengthening key partnerships along the way.”
Dhar’s responsibilities as the company’s first chief commercial officer will include identifying future revenue streams, expanding the company’s customer footprint, and amplifying its commercial story to an ever-growing audience.
“May Mobility is an innovative technology company transforming transit,” said Dhar. “I look forward to developing a commercial strategy that maximizes synergies across the company’s international team and delivers a truly amazing end-to-end customer experience.”
SPARX and Toyota Executives Join May Mobility Board of Directors
Seiji Miyasaka, president of SPARX Capital Investments, Inc. and Yosuke Tsuruta, vice president of dealer experience and mobility at Toyota Motor North America will join the technology company’s board of directors, with Masaru Kusutani of Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc., and Takamichi Kono of Toyota Tsusho also joining as board observers.
“Both Seiji and Tosuke bring a wealth of experience to strengthen our foundations in finance, technology, and operating with relevance on a global scale,” said Olson.
With almost twenty years of experience as a leader in private equity investment, Seiji is a U.S. team leader at Mirai Creation Fund, a venture capital fund managed by SPARX Group that invests into next generation technologies including AI, robotics, energy solutions, electrification, and carbon neutrality. Prior to joining SPARX Group, Seiji served as chief operating officer and president of Japanese energy-focused private equity fund IDI Infrastructures Inc., after having gained experience working in corporate finance at the Industrial Bank of Japan.
“I’m very much looking forward to joining the May Mobility Board of Directors,” said Miyasaka. “They have been a revolutionary force and impressive innovator in the autonomous transportation industry. I’m excited to be a part of its continued evolution and expansion.”
Tsuruta has spent more than 20 years with Toyota, primarily focused on Mobility as a Service (MaaS). With roles spanning across Japan, Thailand, and the U.S., he has led projects including the development of the e-Palette and collaborations with mobility partners including May Mobility, Uber, and Aurora. In January 2022, Tsuruta moved to his current role in the U.S., promoting hands-on activities in the Autono-MaaS and flying mobility businesses.
“I’ve long shared May Mobility’s belief that technology has the potential to improve lives and create more equitable communities,” said Tsuruta. “It’s an honor to join the company’s board of directors, and to be part of a values-led organization that’s transforming transit globally constantly, both enabling and enhancing the way we live.”
To learn more about May Mobility’s leadership team, visit maymobility.com/meet-may/.
About May Mobility
May Mobility is a leading autonomous vehicle technology company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan and established in 2017. With the goal of transforming cities through safe, accessible, green, transportation solutions, May Mobility engineers their proprietary system, Multi-Policy Decision Making (MPDM), from the ground up to offer a better, more scalable solution, delivering more than 300,000 autonomy-enabled rides to date. With key strategic partnerships including some of the world’s most innovative automotive and transportation companies, such as Toyota Motor Corporation, May Mobility provides transit solutions across the U.S. and Japan. For more information, visit maymobility.com