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EVC appoints interim CEO following leader departure

The EVC has confirmed its outgoing CEO’s replacement following the announcement of his resignation

The Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) has announced “with mixed emotions” that CEO Behyad Jafari has resigned from his position after eight years of leadership.

Samantha Johnson has been named as the council’s new interim CEO.

“I am hugely proud of the historic outcomes our members and our team of experts have achieved to support our mission of accelerating the electrification of Australian transport,” Jafari says.

“A sustainable and prosperous Australia requires an electric fleet and we are now established on that path. Seeing New Vehicle Efficiency Standards passed into law represented a major milestone for our industry, and I think it also created a natural time for me to step aside and let another leader continue to build the EVC and the industry into the future.

“We now have an incredible team of leaders and experts at the EVC so I’m very comfortable leaving knowing the sector is in good hands.”

The EVC says Jafari’s leadership has marked a “tremendous amount of change” for the Australian EV industry.

Jafari also thanked Johnson for taking on the role of interim CEO.

“I’m thrilled we have been able to attract a senior executive of Samantha’s experience and ability,” he says.

“Samantha is one of only a few executives with experience in launching an automotive brand in Australia.

“As interim CEO, Samantha takes on the temporary role focused on working with the team and our members in refreshing the organisation, strategy and member value proposition of the EVC, as well as recruiting a permanent CEO.”

Jafari will continue to serve the EVC as an adviser while supporting Johnson in the transition until July 31 this year.

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