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SAN LEANDRO, Calif., – FreeWire Technologies (“FreeWire”), a category leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging and power solutions, today announced that it has appointed Craig Coburn to its Board of Directors, Martin Bax to the role of Director of European Market Development, and John Seabury to the role of Vice President of Advanced Technology.
Following a decades-long career at bp, most recently as the CFO for bp Midstream Partners (NYSE: BPMP) and CFO for bp America, Coburn brings extensive experience in energy finance, technology commercialization, planning and strategy to the FreeWire Board. Likewise, after several years serving as Senior Business Development Manager within bp’s Advanced Mobility Unit, Bax has been tapped to expand FreeWire’s footprint in the UK and across Europe. Lastly, Seabury will be responsible for driving continuous innovation of FreeWire’s fully-integrated charging solutions and will spearhead the opening of a FreeWire advanced technology center in Colorado.
“FreeWire continues to attract leaders with diverse skillsets from world-class companies like Ascent Solar, Micron and our partner bp,” said Arcady Sosinov, CEO of FreeWire. “Craig, Martin, and John bring decades of senior leadership experience and strong track records from leading energy, technology and transportation companies. These new additions to our senior leadership team will play a crucial role in the execution of our long-term strategy. As our growth accelerates, we are thrilled to welcome them to the FreeWire team.”
Prior to his appointment to the FreeWire Board of Directors, Craig Coburn spent 35 years in a variety of senior roles with Amoco and bp including notable experience in clean energy and energy start-ups. Most recently he served as CFO for bp Midstream Partners (NYSE:BPMP), a bp-formed partnership which owns, operates, develops and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets. He was integral to BPMP’s 2017 IPO and the establishment of the company’s corporate governance, financial reporting and investor relations processes. Concurrently Coburn served as CFO of bp America.
“FreeWire’s pioneering technology positions it at the forefront of the EV charging industry,” Coburn said. “I’m honored to join their Board of Directors and am confident my expertise in energy finance at public companies will benefit the company as it executes on this exciting opportunity.”
Prior to FreeWire, Bax served as eMobility Senior Business Development Manager at bp’s Advanced Mobility Unit, where he was responsible for the development of new business models, partnerships, products and services for the energy giant’s growing EV charging business. He previously served as director of eMobility for bp’s Mobility Taskforce. For five years he was a gas and LNG business development manager for bp’s Supply and Trading Unit.
“With its best in class battery-integrated ultrafast charging technology, FreeWire is well-positioned to lead the EV charging market,” Bax said. “Amid soaring international support for EV adoption in the public and private sectors, FreeWire is poised for phenomenal growth. I’m excited to join this world-class team.”
Most recently John Seabury was VP Product Engineering at Ascent Solar Technologies, a designer, developer and manufacturer of solar power solutions for remote locations and extreme environments. He previously served as Director of Mobility Product Development at Micron Technology, a maker of computer memory and data storage devices. He graduated from Hartwick College with a degree in math and physics.
“FreeWire’s fully-integrated Boost Charger addresses the key challenges to deploying ultrafast EV charging infrastructure,” Seabury said. “Thanks to FreeWire’s technology, ultrafast chargers don’t need to wait for costly and time-consuming electric grid upgrades, a development that will greatly accelerate EV adoption. It’s an honor to join this superb team at a historic moment for EV technology.”
About FreeWire Technologies
FreeWire’s turnkey power solutions deliver energy whenever and wherever it’s needed for reliable electrification beyond the grid. With scalable clean power that moves to meet demand, FreeWire customers can tackle new applications and deploy new business models without the complexity of upgrading traditional energy infrastructure.
FreeWire has deployed battery-integrated chargers with Fortune 100 companies, commercial customers, fleets, retail locations, and gas stations. In addition to the expanded partnership with bp pulse, FreeWire and ampm, a bp subsidiary and convenience store chain with over 1,000 locations, have already deployed multiple public charging stations in the U.S.
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