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In memoriam: Ryan Popple, 1977 – 2021


Ryan Popple, current director and former CEO of Proterra, died on December 15, 2021, according to a statement on the company’s website.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and dear friend Ryan Popple. Ryan embodied the entrepreneurial spirit and dedicated his life to creating a better future. His leadership at Proterra was focused on increasing access to affordable and sustainable solutions and shaping a future of zero-emission transportation for the health of our planet and our communities, ”the Proterra statement read.

Popple was an alumnus of the College of William & Mary and Harvard University, as well as an officer in the United States Army. He joined Tesla Motors’ finance department in 2007 and rose through the ranks to senior finance director. During his time at Tesla, the company went from pre-earning to over $ 100 million. Popple worked with engineering teams to increase the performance of the company’s Roadster and developed Tesla’s consumer finance and leasing programs.

He was named a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010, a company focused on clean technology investments in mobility and transportation. Popple was appointed CEO of Proterra in 2014 and in his first year in office, the company doubled its manufacturing capacity.

Proterra marked several milestones under Popple’s leadership, including the introduction of Catalyst E2, the launch of the company’s Connected Vehicle Intelligence System and Proterra Energy fleet solutions, and the scale-up of the Proterra Energy program. rental of company batteries, among other achievements.

Popple stepped down as CEO in 2020 and was named co-founder and executive director. Proterra recently announced that he will be stepping down from the board and Popple said in the announcement that he is confident the company is in good hands.

For all of Popple’s success in developing and adopting electric vehicles, one role he valued above all else was that of husband, father and friend.

Popple is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.

In his profile as the 2015 laureate of Public transportation’s 40 Under 40, Popple said he enjoyed strategy video games, but it was a hobby where he was regularly beaten by his son.

Additional information regarding memorials will be added if and when they are made public.