Leading the way forward.
Peloton is a hands-on team of innovators leading the automated vehicle revolution by bringing groundbreaking safety, efficiency and data intelligence to the trucking industry.
Dr. Josh Switkes
Founder, President, & Chief Architect
From engineering grad student to start-up entrepreneur, Josh has been working on systems to make driving safer and more efficient for the last 18 years. Today, he leads key strategic partnerships on behalf of Peloton and guides overall technical direction across the organization, helping Peloton deliver safe, reliable advanced truck technology solutions that enhance the operations of today’s top commercial trucking fleets.
Before founding Peloton, Josh developed production control systems for Volkswagen, Audi, and helped pioneer dramatic increases in engine efficiency at startup Tula Technology. As a graduate student at Stanford University he worked on a variety of vehicle control systems, including guaranteeing safety for lanekeeping assistance and designing steering wheel haptic feedback. Josh is also an avid (but amateur) race car driver, cyclist, and marathon runner, and is improving his commercial vehicle driving every day.
Josh holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
As Peloton’s CEO, Steve draws on 20 years of experience building and managing organizations and initiatives in the private and public sectors. Prior to serving as Peloton’s Founder and CEO, Steve was previously Founder and VP External Affairs, leading efforts on public policy, communications, strategy, and business development matters over the course of his tenure at the company.
Steve has served as an Assistant Press Secretary in the White House, a Producer at the PBS NewsHour, and in a range of leadership roles in the technology sector, national political campaigns, and federal agencies. Steve was a co-founder of the Clean Economy Network, now merged with the Advanced Energy Economy association. He is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, Society of Automotive Engineers, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, American Trucking Association, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and several state and national automated vehicle policy advisory groups.
Steve holds a Biology/Environmental Science degree from Pennsylvania State University with minors in Engineering, Economics, and Political Science and studied International Business and Finance at the University of Manchester (UK).
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
Dave Lyons has led the development of some of the world’s most advanced products and systems. As employee number 12 and Director of Engineering, he led the development of the powertrain for the Tesla Roadster and was the initial lead of the Tesla Model S. Throughout the 90’s Dave was studio head at IDEO, the world-renowned design firm. Dave has also led engineering for a truck APU maker.
Dave holds a BSME from MIT and an MSME and MBA from Stanford University.
Vice President of Business Development
Matthew Hall leads Peloton’s efforts to develop partner strategies with OEM’s, tier 1 suppliers, and major fleets.
Matt comes to Peloton with extensive experience building teams and businesses within the automotive industry. Over the course of his career, Matt has created a variety of teams spanning technology implementation, after-sales, product, and operations. Prior to Peloton, Matt spent time with Porsche and Mercedes-Benz in Silicon Valley.
Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University.
Vice President of Engineering
Dean is a self-motivated leader with over 30 years’ experience in the high-tech industry with an extensive background in managing the architecture, design, manufacturing release and customer support of complex systems. At Peloton Dean oversees the company’s hardware engineering and support teams, driving to a successful execution of its product roadmap. Prior to Peloton Dean held various senior management and leadership positions at fortune 500 and startup companies, including SK Hynix Memory systems, Violin Memory, Cisco Systems, Growth Networks, Silicon Graphics, and Amdahl Corporation.
Outside of work Dean enjoys engaging in outdoor activities, doing home improvement projects and relaxing with family and friends. Dean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Vice President of Advanced Development
Shad Laws is the Vice President of Advanced Development at Peloton Technology. In this role, he leads Peloton’s government research projects as well as their developments toward increased automation. Prior to this role, he was the Autonomous Driving Lead at Renault in Silicon Valley, where he led Renault’s autonomous driving efforts in California, collaborating with academic labs, working with startups, and piloting their prototype vehicles. He has a background in engineering, design, startups, and software development.
Shad completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University researching vehicle dynamics and control. For this work, he developed both theoretical simulations and full-scale prototypes, which he continued at LIVIC in France after graduation. Before this, he received an MS from Stanford University and a BS from Northwestern University, both in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on design. In his spare time, his hobbies transform him into an avid gearhead, an open-source coder, an amateur cyclist, a jazz musician, a seasoned traveler, and a storied photographer.
Vice President of Production Programs
Mark brings to Peloton a depth of engineering management experience in new product development and product launch across a range of technologies in transportation, HVAC-R and flow control. Mark has over 30 years of system design and development experience with emphasis in control systems. As Chief Engineer over chassis control systems at TRW Automotive (ZF), he was involved in the design and development of ABS, Traction Control and Stability Control systems for the global market. He was also instrumental in new product design and developed controls for advanced products including by-wire systems, adaptive cruise control, active damping and roll control. As an Engineering Manager at Allied-Signal Aerospace (Honeywell), Mark was responsible for the design and development of cabin pressure control systems along with other flight critical controls. Mark also has manufacturing experience and launched a new HVAC component plant for DunAn Precision.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Waterloo with continuing studies in control systems at the University of Arizona. He now holds 16 patents.
Vice President of Customer Programs
Joyce leads the Product Management team and is also responsible for customer trials, implementation, and support.
Before joining Peloton, Joyce was at Trimble Navigation, heading up next-generation field service solutions and strategies in the transportation sector. Over the course of her career, Joyce has successfully rolled out products portfolios in a wide range of technologies in the B2B market, including telematics, IoT products, cloud-based services, and mobility applications.
She is also a frequent speaker on mobility and fleet productivity.
Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller
By streamlining departmental financial and business intelligence, Becky leads financial and operational strategy for Peloton including in the key areas of budget planning and forecasting, financial reporting, benefit planning, insurance requirements, and vendor management. As part of the management team, she advises key leaders and managers in the organization on the development of the organization’s fiscal plans and programs. Before joining Peloton in 2016, Becky was a seasoned accounting professional and controller at several technology companies in the Bay Area including Ericsson, Apple, BEA Systems, Hyperion and Borland. Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, she is a proud accounting graduate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Becky is also an angel investor and an active member for various investment education clubs for children and minority.
Nandi provides strategic legal advice and counseling to Peloton, and leads Peloton’s legal department. He advises on all legal matters including corporate, commercial, product liability, intellectual property, and regulatory matters. At Peloton, Nandi draws on his prior experience in the technology startup sector, and his work in the White House and United States Senate.
Nandi holds a JD/MBA from Stanford University, and an A.B. from Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. Nandi was a Fulbright Scholar to China.
External Affairs Manager
As a seasoned policy communications professional, Amanda assists Peloton in collaborating with stakeholders and government officials to expand Peloton’s technology innovations to new markets. She also leads external communications for the company. Amanda came to Peloton from DDC Public Affairs where managed multi-state grassroots and digital issue advocacy campaigns. Prior to that, Amanda was a federal government relations consultant at McGuireWoods Consulting where she developed and advanced clients’ legislative and regulatory solutions on issues including energy, anti-terrorism, health care, and tax reform (among others). Amanda is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in International Relations and Environmental Policy. A proud Chicago transplant, she loves everything about the Windy City including the Chicago Cubs, the deep-dish pizza, and the wonky local politics.
Board of Directors
Dr. Lawrence Burns
Lawrence “Larry” Burns is a mobility visionary and technical expert who previously served as General Motors’ Corporate Vice President for Research & Development and Planning. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the ITS America Hall of Fame and is a co-author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century.
Mr. Kizilbash is Vice President – Schlumberger Venture Fund for Schlumberger Limited. He has held senior management positions in Schlumberger as Vice President and Group Treasurer, Schlumberger Limited Financial Controller, President Reservoir Characterization Group, President of Middle East & Asia and President of Drilling and Measurements before assuming his current position in 2017.
Mr. Lydon is the Managing Director at Intel Capital where he leads investments for Intel’s Internet of Things Group and manages Intel’s Connected Car Fund.
Before founding Band of Angels and True Global Ventures Mr. Arnold was the Founder, CEO of Datalogix (IPO) and Founder CEO of Formation Systems (acquired by Infor).
Prof. Chris Gerdes