Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Carsten Breitfeld has served as FF’s Global Chief Executive Officer since September 2019. Dr. Breitfeld is a veteran in the automotive industry and had held various positions with BMW Group for approximately 20 years, including serving as its Group Vice President and Head of the i8 Vehicle Program, which gave birth to the i8 luxury plug-in hybrid model. From July 2016 to January 2019, Dr. Breitfeld was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of BYTON, a Chinese electric vehicle startup with operations in multiple countries and cofounded by Dr. Breitfeld. Dr. Breitfeld received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hannover.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Zvi Glasman has served as FF’s Chief Financial Officer since December 2020. From August 2013 to October 2019, Mr. Zvi served as the Chief Financial Officer of Fox Factory Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: FOXF) (“Fox Factory”), a publicly traded company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets performance-defining products and systems for customers worldwide, primarily used on bikes, side-by-side vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, automotive, and other off-road and on-road recreational vehicles. Mr. Zvi first joined Fox Factory as the Chief Financial Officer of its subsidiary which he served from January 2008 until August 2013, and led Fox Factory’s initial public offering in 2013. Prior to joining Fox Factory, Mr. Glasman held CFO roles with several companies from 2001 to 2008. Mr. Glasman is an inactive certified public accountant. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University in 1985.
Chief Product and User Ecosystem Officer
Mr. Yueting Jia (YT Jia) is the Founder of FF and has served as FF’s Chief Product and User Ecosystem Officer since September 2019. In 2003, YT Jia founded Xbell Union Communication Technology (Beijing) Co., a Singapore publicly-listed company that developed and launched China’s first mobile video streaming software system. In 2004, YT Jia founded LeTV, a video streaming website. In 2011, YT Jia founded Le Holdings Co. Ltd (“LeEco”), which is an internet ecosystem technology company with business segments including smart phones, smart TV, smart cars, internet sports, video content, internet finance and cloud computing. In 2014, YT Jia founded FF and was its Chief Executive Officer until September 2019. YT Jia defined and led the team in creating FF 91. As Chief Product and User Ecosystem Officer, YT Jia oversees activities in product innovation, strategy and definition; internet, AI and autonomous driving; user experience, user acquisition and user operation and will report directly to FF board of directors. YT Jia completed master’s degree courses in enterprise management from Shan Xi University and attended the China CEO Program jointly offered by Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, IMD and London Business School.
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain
Mr. Benedikt Hartmann has served as FF’s Senior Vice President of Supply Chain since January 2020. Prior to joining FF, from September 2017 to December 2019, Mr. Hartmann served as the Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Quality at BMW-Brilliance Automotive, a BMW joint venture in China with a yearly production of 540,000 vehicles, in which Mr. Hartmann was responsible for the purchasing of production and non-production material as well as managing and overseeing supplier quality. From January 2013 to August 2017, Mr. Hartmann served as the Vice President of Purchasing Production and Development Partners at BMW AG, where he was responsible for contract manufacturing sourcing and research and development services for complete vehicles. Between 2006 and 2013 he held various positions at BMW AG including Vice President of Project Purchasing 1-, 3-, 4- and 5-Series and Vice President of Purchasing Powertrain and Chassis globally. Mr. Hartmann received his Master degree in Industrial Engineering at University Karlsruhe.
Executive Vice President and the Global Head of User Ecosystem
Mr. Chui Tin Mok has served as FF’s Executive Vice President and the Global Head of User Ecosystem since August 2018. Mr. Mok is very experienced in managing marketing & sales functions in global internet tech companies. Prior to joining FF, Mr. Mok worked in Trend Lab Limited, which Mr. Mok founded in January 2017. Trend Lab has been rated as Top 10 Innovation Startups. From September 2017 to January 2018, Mr. Mok was the President of EFT Solutions Limited (HKEx: 8062), a Hong Kong public company that provides online and offline payment solutions. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Mok served as the Group Chief Marketing Officer of LeEco Group and also the CEO of LeEco APAC. During this time, he successfully managed a team of more than 1500 people across all business functions of smartphone, smart TV, video streaming service, cloud computing, online content distribution, e-commerce, retail, etc. in both domestic and overseas markets. He contributed to helping LeEco successfully enter the Hong Kong, India and US markets. Mr. Mok served as the Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Meizu Technology Co., Ltd. from 2010 to 2013. He managed marketing and communication departments that included more than 500 employees and was in charge of the sales channel upgrade as well as the overseas expansion. Mr. Mok received his Higher Diploma in Building Service Engineering from Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, and his Executive Master Degree in Business Administration from International Business Academy of Switzerland.
Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Definition
Mr. Matthias Aydt has served as FF’s Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Definition since November 2019, overseeing business development of FF’s business to business sales, technology licensing and strategic cooperation as well as leading its product strategy for future products. Mr. Aydt has served in various leadership roles at FF, including Senior Vice President of Product Execution, Vice President of Vehicle Engineering and Vehicle Chief Engineer and Head of Hardware Architecture. Mr. Aydt has extensive experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining FF in July 2016, Mr. Aydt served as the Vice President of Vehicle Engineering of Qoros Auto from January 2015 to May 2016, held various positions at Magna Steyr from 2006 to 2014, including Branch Manager and Head of Project Management at Magna Steyr China. Mr. Aydt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fachhochschule Ulm - Hochschule für Technik. Mr. Aydt also serves on FF’s board of directors.
Senior Vice President of Product Execution
Mr. Robert A. Kruse Jr has served as FF’s Senior Vice President of Product Execution since November 2019, and is responsible for product development, advanced technology, vehicle program management and manufacturing, and leads the product execution strategy. Mr. Kruse also sits on the advisory board of American Battery Solutions and Neah Power Strategic. Prior to joining FF, Mr. Kruse was the Chief Technology Officer of Karma Automotive from January 2017 to October 2019, and Chief Technology Officer of Qoros Automotive from June 2015 to December 2016. Prior to that, from May 2013 to October 2014 he served as the Vice President of Townsend Capital and before that, from November 2010 to May 2013, Mr. Kruse was the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of Saktis3 Inc., a startup solid-state battery company. From 1978 to 2009, Mr. Kruse worked in General Motors Corporation Michigan in various leadership capacities, including the Global Executive Director in charge of hybrid, electric vehicles and advanced technology batteries, among others. Mr. Kruse holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology and a Master of Science degree in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Vice President of I.A.I. (Internet, Autonomous Driving, Intelligence)
Mr. Hong Rao has served as FF’s Vice President of I.A.I. (Internet, Autonomous Driving, Intelligence) since April 2015, overseeing technology innovation, product and technology roadmap, system architecture, software and AI, among others. Prior to joining FF, Mr. Rao served as Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Borqs Technologies from October 2007 to March 2015 and held several engineering leadership positions in Motorola from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Rao received his Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University, his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai University of Science & Technology.
Vice President of Global Capital Markets
Mr. Jiawei Wang has served as FF’s Vice President of Global Capital Markets since May 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Wang was the General Manager of China Capital Markets at FF from March 2017 to January 2018 and Global Head of Capital Markets from January 2018 to May 2018. Before joining FF, Mr. Wang worked at LeEco as Director of Corporate Development from 2015 to 2017. He co-founded Global Galaxy Inc. in September 2013 and worked as a private equity analyst at Knights Investment Group from December 2013 to February 2014. Mr. Wang received his Bachelor Degree in Finance from Central University of Finance and Economics.