Electric and hydrogen truck manufacturer Tevva Motors has appointed Ian Harnett (pictured) as chairman.

Harnett first joined Tevva in August last year as non-executive director to support the company’s growth strategy to expand its fleet and market presence.

He brings over 35 years of automotive experience to the company, having recently held leadership roles in Jaguar Land Rover since 2009 when he was promoted to the role of director of purchasing.

In April 2015, Harnett was appointed executive director of human resources and global purchasing, also picking up responsibility for all Jaguar Land Rover property matters globally.

In his most recent role Harnett was responsible for the establishment of the new strategic business office at Jaguar Land Rover, as well as heading up the transition team as Jaguar Land Rover was divested from Ford Motor Company.

Harnett succeeds David Roberts, who will remain on the board as non-executive director, and will also be part of Tevva’s remuneration and audit committees.

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Asher Bennett, founder and chief executive of Tevva, said: “We are excited that Ian is taking on new responsibilities as Tevva chairman. He has a fantastic profile and is highly respected within the automotive industry, representing an incredible endorsement of our proposition and vision.

“His leadership, expertise and enthusiasm for the next generation of commercial vehicles will be integral as Tevva continues to scale up and expand internationally.

“Tevva’s board will look to Ian to provide additional leadership and support to our executive team, as we work to fulfil our ambition to revolutionise freight trucks. I would also like to thank David for his stewardship as chairman and his continued insight as a non-executive director.”

Harnett said: “Tevva is well-positioned to capitalise on the growth of the global HGV OEM market, and to bring zero-emissions vehicles to this market. Tevva’s evolution as an OEM has been grounded in automotive best practices and guided by those who champion the industry. I am honoured to chair this board of talented professionals who embody the company's core values and share its vision.”

Outgoing Tevva chairman David Roberts, added: “It has been an honour to chair the board of Tevva, which can proudly boast of being both an exciting and purpose-led business, one which I’m positive will have a huge impact on humanity.

“It’s great to see Ian, who has world-class experience and deep industry knowledge, step into the role of chairman. I am looking forward to working closely with him, Asher and the company in my capacity as non-executive director, and remain fully committed to helping Tevva continue to grow and succeed.”