Dr. Lance Zhou was named Karma Automotive’s Chief Executive Officer in December 2017 after serving more than 25 years in the automotive industry, most recently as CEO and President of Beijing Foton-Daimler Automotive, in addition to Daimler Global VP (Level I of Daimler AG).
He began his career as an engineer, progressed into sales and marketing, and then into general management, where he held a variety of progressively responsible executive positions. Prior to joining Daimler, Dr. Zhou was with Naveco, a joint venture of Iveco of Fiat and Nanjing Auto, where he was Chief Executive Officer and served on the venture’s board of directors.
Dr. Zhou earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University and a PhD from Nanjing University of Science and Technology. He has an outstanding record of success in creating new business, driving growth, and over-delivering results and is recognized by the auto industry as a strong business leader who is results-focused, determined, systematic and pragmatic.
Karma Automotive designs, engineers, assembles and markets luxury electric vehicles, all from its Southern California base of operations. Founded in 2014 and employing nearly 1,000 employees worldwide, Karma Automotive is committed to elevating and growing the luxury mobility experience for its customers.