Zapp Appoints David Sturgeon as Chief Financial Officer Designate
- Sturgeon’s appointment strengthens Zapp’s leadership team as it nears the launch of the i300 electric motorcycle
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LONDON, March 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zapp Electric Vehicles Limited (“Zapp” or the “Company”), a UK-based high-performance two-wheel electric vehicle company, has appointed David Sturgeon as the Chief Financial Officer designate of Zapp. Upon the closing of the Business Combination (as defined below), Sturgeon will serve as Chief Financial Officer of Zapp Electric Vehicles Group Limited (“Pubco”) and will oversee Zapp’s global finance, accounting and planning activities.
Sturgeon’s appointment adds more international expertise to Zapp’s senior leadership team as it nears the launch of the innovative i300 high-performance electric motorcycle.
Previously, Sturgeon served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NASDAQ-listed Central European Media Enterprises Ltd until its sale in October 2020. At Central European Media Enterprises Ltd, Mr. Sturgeon held a series of senior financial positions since he joined in 2005, until his appointment to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to 2020. With more than 30 years of experience working across multiple sectors, Sturgeon’s career has included leading diverse teams in large international groups as well as advising early-stage businesses in a range of technology spaces, helping them to improve the efficiency of their operations, raise funds and scale more quickly.
Swin Chatsuwan, Chief Executive Officer of Zapp, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave to the Zapp team. He is an important addition in bringing highly relevant public company experience, with a successful career working internationally across a wide range of sectors. He is an ideal fit for Zapp and will help us to continue to prepare our business as we look towards the launch of the i300 motorcycle, and beyond.”
David Sturgeon, Chief Financial Officer Designate of Zapp, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Zapp at what is a truly exciting time for the Company. I’m impressed by the technology and the level of engineering that goes into our products, which make the i300 an excellent fit for markets across the globe with high-density commuter traffic. I’m looking forward to working alongside Zapp’s team of automotive industry leaders toward the successful launch of the first in a suite of products that we think will redefine the electric two-wheeler segment.”
Sturgeon holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Proposed Business Combination
On November 22, 2022, Zapp and CIIG Capital Partners II, Inc., a U.S. publicly-listed blank check company (Nasdaq: CIIG) (“CIIG II”), announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”). Upon closing of the transaction contemplated by the Merger Agreement (the “Business Combination”), the combined company, Zapp Electric Vehicles Group Limited (“Pubco”), a Cayman Islands exempted company, is expected to list its ordinary shares on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “ZAPP”. The Business Combination is expected to close in the first half of 2023, subject to stockholder approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Zapp Electric Vehicles Limited is a British company – run by a team of experts from the mobility industry – on a mission to redefine the electric two-wheeler segment. Zapp created the i300 as an urban electric high-performance two-wheeler capable of traditional motorcycle levels of performance in a step-through format, combining ease of use with exhilaration and fun. The i300 is the first in a suite of high-performance electric two-wheelers expected to come to market from Zapp. Zapp is expected to operate a high-quality direct-to-customer (DTC) experience called DSDTC (drop-ship-direct-to-customer). Customers ordering the i300 online will have their bikes conveniently delivered to their home by “Zappers” who provide at-home inspection, service and support throughout the vehicle ownership lifecycle.
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The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section of Pubco’s registration statement on Form F-4, CIIG II’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other documents filed by Pubco, CIIG II or a successor thereto from time to time with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this document represent the views of Zapp, Pubco and CIIG II as of the date of this document. Subsequent events and developments may cause that view to change. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and all forward-looking statements in this document are qualified by these cautionary statements. Zapp, Pubco and CIIG II assume no obligation and do not intend to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. None of Zapp, Pubco nor CIIG II gives any assurance that Zapp, Pubco or CIIG II will achieve its expectations. The inclusion of any statement in this document does not constitute an admission by Zapp, Pubco or CIIG II or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.
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