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Volvo-backed Luminar has announced a number of new appointments to its 350-strong team in the US, leading its charge into the 2020s. 

Over the next 18 months, the autonomous vehicle sensor and software supplier is scaling its technology into series production, starting with Volvo in 2022, and will begin shipping its Iris sensing perception platform within the year. 

Firstly, Tom Fennimore will become Luminar’s new Chief Financial Officer, following roles at Goldman Sachs and Jefferies Group. Over the last 25 years, he has led many of the automotive industry’s most significant and successful financial endeavors, including the likes of Tesla and Mobileye’s IPOs. 

In addition, Matthew Simoncini will join the company’s Board of Directors, following his time as President and CEO of Lear Corporation. 

Two former ZF Group executives, Marc Losewitz and Aaron Jefferson, will join the lineup as Vice President of Automotive Business Development and Vice President of Product. 

Topping off the new recruitments, Mobileye’s Senior Director of OEM and Tier 1 Sales Jason Rudd will drive Luminar’s growing European business. 

Collectively, this new leadership will establish Luminar as a leading player on the world stage, recruiting some of the most prestigious executives in the industry today. 

“We’ve been rapidly evolving from a tech development company working with R&D programs to now the first company enabling autonomy in autonomous series production. This enables us to attract the top leaders across the industry as we establish a greater presence in automotive and focus on rapid execution and scale,” said Austin Russell, Found and CEO of Luminar. 

“There is no precedent or playbook for what we’re building, so having the best strategic minds to solve complex problems and execute solutions is paramount to our long-term success.”

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