Mullen Hires Donald Borthwick as Vice President of Commercial Sales; Previously Head of Western Region for Ford Commercial Sales
Responsible for $3.25 billion in annual sales to Fortune 2000 corporations in the western U.S., with annual sales deliveries of 100,000 vehicles
Borthwick will lead Mullen’s Commercial EV Sales out of Troy, Mich.
BREA, Calif., Dec. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — Mullen Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: MULN) (“Mullen” or the “Company”), an emerging electric vehicle (“EV”) manufacturer, announces today the hiring of Donald Borthwick as its Vice President of Commercial Sales.
Borthwick, with over 25 years leading commercial vehicle sales for Ford, will spearhead Mullen’s commercial vehicle sales for the U.S. His previous accomplishments with Ford include:
- Grew west region commercial vehicle sales 18% (2008 – 2021), achieving regional volume and margin leadership annually
- Acquired and developed strategic relationships with key, high-volume accounts across consumer retail, food service and package delivery
- Secured primary vehicle supplier relationship with leading last mile delivery company, growing account to be Ford’s second largest commercial customer
- Cultivated early EV adopter customers which resulted in strategic early-stage EV system-fill orders (2022)
“Don is a highly skilled and respected sales leader and will play a key role in establishing Mullen as a leader in the commercial EV category,” said David Michery, CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive.
Borthwick will be established out of the recently opened Mullen Tech Center, located in Troy, Michigan.
“Don’s impressive track record and success in partnering with large commercial customers make him a perfect selection to lead our commercial sales team,” said John Schwegman, Chief Commercial Officer for Mullen Automotive.
Mullen Automotive (NASDAQ: MULN) is a Southern California-based automotive company building the next generation of premium electric vehicles (EVs) that are affordable and built entirely in the United States. With an end-to-end ecosystem that supports owners from test driving to financing and servicing through a unique hybrid dealership model, customers are supported through every aspect of EV ownership. Mullen’s EV development portfolio includes the Mullen FIVE EV Crossover, Mullen Commercial Class 1-6 EVs and Bollinger Motors, which features both the B1 and B2 electric SUV trucks and commercial offerings. The Mullen FIVE, the Company’s first electric crossover, is slated for delivery in 2024 and features an award-winning design and its patented PERSONA technology that utilizes facial recognition to personalize the driving experience for every individual. On Sept. 7, 2022, Bollinger Motors became a majority-owned EV truck company of Mullen Automotive and on Dec. 1, 2022, Mullen closed on the acquisition of all Electric Last Mile Solutions’ (“ELMS”) assets including IP and a 650,000 square foot plant in Mishawaka, Indiana.
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- Borthwick will lead Mullen’s Commercial EV Sales out of Troy, Mich.
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