LEADERSHIP


Chief Executive Officer

Walter Lucking

Walter Lucking is a dedicated, customer focused business leader, with a wealth of technical expertise developed through 20 years of international experience in the development of safety critical, real time embedded control systems. Working within the Pi organization he spent many years building and supporting the organization while fostering the customer-centric environment that is the hallmark of our uniquely adaptable business.

In late 2011 he formed a management buyout of the Company, and now is responsible for driving the new vision and strategic direction of the organization. Since 2012, the fusion of an already established industry reputation of engineering excellence with our product development and custom electronics focus has led to a significant acceleration in growth. All supported by a passionate, and experienced engineering team that has always been at the core of Pi’s success.

Walter holds a Controls PhD for research into neural networks, applied artificial intelligence and condition monitoring as well as a BS and Masters in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He has since added experience working with global OEM, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Companies throughout the automotive supply chain delivering complex systems for Powertrain, stability systems, electrification, and autonomy.

Vice President of Engineering

Ken Olson

Ken is the Vice President of Engineering. With over 25 years of career experience managing software and product development teams, Ken is responsible for leading the engineering teams at Pi-Innovo. He works closely with the business development and program management teams to create development strategies that ensure our customers receive the highest quality innovative solutions.

Ken previously held executive positions at WorkForce Software, Rovi Corporation, and ProQuest. He holds a BSE in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently a mentor for the University of Michigan Ross School of Business course “Financing Technology Commercialization”.

Vice President of Business Development

Dwight Hansell

Dwight is the Vice President of Business Development and is responsible for all business development, sales and marketing activities. He joined Pi Innovo in 2012 and has over 30 years of experience in automotive, heavy duty, off road, and industrial markets in application areas including Powertrain, Electrical and Electro Mechanical systems / components at the OEM, Tier 1, and Tier 2 levels. His experience both calling on and working for international companies provides a firm understanding of the complexities involved in working as a global team to support global customers.

Previously, he was Director of Sales and Program Management at AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. Before joining AVL, he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Ecostar Electric Drives division of Ballard Power Systems and as Director of North American Automotive for Raychem Corporation. Dwight started his career at Delco Remy Division of General Motors where he served in various engineering, sales and marketing positions.

Dwight was awarded a General Motors Fellowship to earn his Masters of Business Administration at Stanford University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Gamma Epsilon Honorary Society.

Johnathan Hurden

Jonathan Hurden joined Pi Innovo, LLC in 2015 as Director of Program Management. In this role, Mr. Hurden is part of the Senior Management team, responsible for the oversight of all projects at Pi Innovo.

Mr. Hurden has over 34 years of experience in Automotive, Powertrain, Mechanical and Electrical experience at OEM, Tier1 service providers and an Advanced Technology start up, working in Europe and North America. He began his career at Rover / LandRover in the UK where he held many senior Powertrain Engineering positions, including responsibility for the Mini engine under BMW engineering.

He relocated to SE Michigan in 2000 as Managing Director for Cosworth Technology LLC during which time it became Mahle Powertrain. Mr. Hurden Joined Ecomotors as Chief Engineer in 2008 to build the engineering team for an opposed piston engine startup before moving on to AVL in 2013. Here he was responsible for managing projects in combustion development, electrification, and simulation of advanced Powertrain concept.

Mr. Hurden holds a Bachelor of Science (honors) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Coventry (Coventry Polytechnic) in the United Kingdom.

Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl Samarco

Cheryl is the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all accounting, finance and cash management activities. She joined Pi in early 2017 and has over 30 years of experience in financial management in the US and abroad. Her experience includes Venture Capital funded start-ups, non-public and public corporations.

Cheryl previously held the position of Treasurer/Controller/CFO at EcoMotors Inc. a Venture Capital Engine Start-up for 12 years and Director of Administration at ITT Industries, Systems Division for 19 years at various locations around the world.

She hold a Bachelors degree in Finance from La Verne University.

 

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