Upstart Class 8 OEM adds to executive team

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Jonathan Spira, former chief financial officer (CFO) for security software and appliance company Untangle, Inc., has joined Nikola Motor Company’s executive management team the company announced Monday.

Spira joins Nikola Motor as the company’s CFO at a time when the company is expanding and initiating its next funding round of funding in its plan to bring the first-ever zero emissions long-haul class 8 truck to market.

“Jonathan’s extensive technology experience and impressive track record of successful financial leadership at rapid-growth technology companies make him an excellent fit for our team,” says Nikola Motor CEO Trevor Milton.

Spira has also served as CFO at the publicly-traded online video advertising firm blinkx plc, Web 2.0 software company Kapow Technologies, wireless networking pioneer Packethop, EDA software developer Atrenta, Web-based CRM solution provider ePeople, and publicly-traded enterprise software firm Autonomy Corp., where he spearheaded a successful IPO. 

Spira has also held senior finance and planning positions at Walt Disney Co., PepsiCo Inc. and NestlĂ© Food Company, and worked as a consultant in Peat Marwick’s Merger & Acquisition practice.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kenyon College.