SAN DIEGO, Jan. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- TuSimple, a global
self-driving technology company, announced today the members of its
newly established Executive Advisory Board including Jeff Denham, Eric
Fuller, Steve Girsky,
Jim Kolbe, Derek Leathers, Mark
Rourke, and Jean-Jacques
Ruest. TuSimple's Executive Advisory Board will provide
strategic advice to the company and its senior management team to
accelerate the adoption of autonomous long-haul freight in areas
including regulation, technology, freight logistics, and
"The Executive Advisory Board brings together a mix of world
class industry and regulatory leaders in transportation," said
Cheng Lu, President and CEO, TuSimple. "Our advisors will play a
critical role in shaping our go to market strategy and correlating
public policy efforts so we can safely and reliably introduce
self-driving trucks at scale."
Jeff Denham, Former
Member of the United States House
Mr. Denham is an accomplished leader in the U.S. House of
Representatives and a decorated Air Force Staff Sergeant and Gulf
War veteran with in-depth legislative and political knowledge of
agriculture, transportation and infrastructure, natural resources,
veterans, immigration, and California-centric policies. While in office,
Mr. Denham exemplified the ability to secure local and national
legislative victories, working across the aisle to build strong and
lasting networks for better policy making.
Eric Fuller, President
& CEO, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Fuller brings 20 years of experience in the transportation,
trucking and railroad industry. He is President and CEO of U.S.
Xpress, one of the largest asset-based carriers in the country. The
digital transportation solutions provider is focused on innovation
and is transforming the industry, most recently with the
introduction of its digital fleet, Variant, an upcoming, new
brokerage offering, and investments in the fuel cell and autonomous
spaces. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating
Officer responsible for operations including over the road (OTR)
operations, dedicated services, customer service and planning.
Steve Girsky, Managing
Mr. Girsky is the Managing Partner of VectoIQ, an
independent advisory firm based in New
York. Mr. Girksy has more than 30 years of experience
working with senior corporate and board executives, labor leaders,
OEM leaders, suppliers and dealers, and national and local policy
makers. He served in a number of capacities at General Motors from
November 2009 until July 2014, including Vice Chairman, having
responsibility for global corporate strategy, new business
development, global product planning and program management, global
connected consumer/OnStar, and GM Ventures LLC, Global Research
& Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Prior to
his involvement with General Motors, he was President of
Centerbridge Industrial Partners and Managing Director at Morgan
Stanley and senior analyst of the Morgan Stanley Global Automotive
and Auto Parts Research Team. He currently serves as Chairman of
the Board of Nikola Corporation (NASDAQ: NKLA), Boards of Directors
of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) and Brookfield
Business Partners Limited, the general partner of Brookfield
Business Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BBU; TSX BBU.UN), as well as two
private companies, Clarios and Valens Semiconductor Ltd.
Jim Kolbe, Former
Member of the United States House
Mr. Kolbe is a distinguished politician having served in the
U.S. House of Representatives for over 22 years. While in Congress,
Kolbe served for six years on the House Budget Committee and for 20
years on the Appropriations Committee. Today, he currently serves
as a senior transatlantic fellow at German Marshall Fund where
he advises on trade matters as well as issues of effectiveness of
U.S. assistance to foreign countries, on U.S. and E.U.
relationships, and on migration and its relationship to
development. In Arizona, he is
also co-chair of the Governor's Transportation and Trade Task Force
and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Derek Leathers, Vice
Chairman, President & CEO, Werner
With over 20 years of transportation and logistics industry
experience, Mr. Leathers leads Werner Enterprises, Inc. as Vice
Chairman, President and CEO. Throughout his tenure at Werner, he
has held integral roles in many facets of the organization,
including the establishment of Werner's Mexico operations and oversight for all the
asset operating groups.
Mark Rourke, President
& CEO, Schneider
A freight industry veteran, Mr. Rourke joined Schneider in 1987
and has since been leading, building, and positioning Schneider for
ongoing success as the premier provider of transportation and
logistics. Today, he serves as the company's CEO, President and is
a member of the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
President & CEO, CN
With nearly 40 years of experience, Mr. Ruest serves as the
President and Chief Executive Officer of CN since July 2018, after having served as Interim
President and CEO since March 2018.
Having joined the railway in 1996, Mr. Ruest previously served as
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer where he
provided the strategic direction and leadership for CN's sales,
marketing and supply chain solutions groups. Over the course of his
career, Mr. Ruest has been honored many times by the business
community, notably as 2019 Railroader of the Year and an Inductee
to the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2017.
TuSimple is a global autonomous driving technology company,
headquartered in San Diego,
California with operations in Arizona, Texas, China,
Japan and Europe. Founded in 2015, TuSimple is
developing a commercial-ready Level 4 (SAE) fully autonomous
driving solution for long-haul heavy-duty trucks. For more
information, please visit www.tusimple.com, and follow us
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found at https://www.tusimple.com/media.
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