Zero Motorcycles' new CEO has high-tech background

Publish Date: 
Jul 24, 2012

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Zero Motorcycles has named Richard Walker chief executive officer. Walker reportedly brings more than 30 years of business experience, including roles at Hewlett-Packard and Control4.

Walker’s selection as CEO completes the formation of the executive management team at Zero Motorcycles. Karl Wharton remains with Zero as COO.

Zero Motorcycles stated it consciously sought to team senior executives with motorcycle industry experience along with leaders from other high-tech fields.

During his tenure with HP, Walker served as vice president and general manager of the Consumer Desktop Business Division and was responsible for the HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Touchsmart Product Lines.

“The entire board is delighted that Richard is taking the helm of the Zero Motorcycles executive team,” said Philippe Amouyal, board member of Zero Motorcycles and managing director of The Invus Group LLC, the investment group who has been backing Zero Motorcycles through its growth. “Richard will contribute great business acumen, superb leadership, deep executive management skills and profound consumer insights to drive Zero Motorcycles forward and further enhance its leadership position in a critically important and fast-growing segment of the motorcycle industry and build a powerful, trusted consumer brand.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic team and help lead a new and innovative company to higher levels of performance and success,” said Walker. “My goal is to ensure that Zero Motorcycles continues to grow and lead the electric motorcycle industry through product innovation and sound management, while never losing sight of our goal to build a ‘better motorcycle’ for our customers to enjoy.”

Press release posted by Mary Slepicka