Former Intel Exec Aicha Evans Named As New CEO Of A Robo-Taxi Startup

Zoox, the autonomous taxi startup in Silicon Valley, just named Intel’s former Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Aicha Evans as its new CEO.

Zoox focuses on autonomous mobility, and since starting in 2014, the company has raised more than $750 million.

The startup currently has 700 employees, and its most recent hire is expected to take the company to new heights.

“I’m thrilled to join Zoox and challenge the status quo with an autonomous mobility system built from the ground up,” Evans said in a statement. “Mobility is approaching a major inflection point, and Zoox has set itself apart from entrenched players as the only company creating a solution purpose-built to meet the needs of a fully autonomous future.”

Evans spent 12 years at Intel before making the switch to Zoox.

“Aicha is an accomplished business leader and a strategic thinker with the right mix of skills to help turn Zoox’s ambitious vision into a reality,” said Zoox Executive Chairman Carl Bass.

Zoox has previously had CEO issues. The company’s board fired its six-year CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August and Bass served in his position until Evans’ appointment.

Evans begins her position on February 26.