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.
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).
Dr. Josh Switkes
Founder, President, and 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 Advisor
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 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 Finance and Corporate Controller
Becky leads all accounting operations and financial policy planning company-wide. This includes overseeing all cross-departmental budget planning and forecasting, financial reporting, benefits administration, and vendor management across the organization.
Prior to joining Peloton in 2016, Becky was a senior 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 of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Becky is also an angel investor and an active member of various investment education clubs for children and minorities.
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 she 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.
Product Design & User Experience Lead
Richard Pallo is Peloton’s Product Design & User Experience Lead, overseeing the development of commercial vehicle driver interface systems and user training. He is a veteran of design with decades of multi-industry experience spanning autonomous vehicle technologies, agricultural & construction machinery, aerospace, biotech, consumer electronics, and mission-critical systems for the US government. He has a deep knowledge of the user-centered design (UCD) process with emphasis on user experience, industrial design, and human factors. Prior to joining Peloton in 2017, Richard held senior design and development positions with RPA Consultants, Eaton Corporation, Xicato, i2i Inc., Team Design Group, and EDGE-PDC. Richard earned a Bachelor of Design from Massey University, Wellington School of Design in New Zealand. When he is not working on solving complex design challenges, Richard keeps busy with a variety of home improvement and automotive DIY projects.
Board of Directors
Ralph Eschenbach is retired and has been a member of Sand Hill Angels since 2004, serving as President (1 year), Treasurer (3 years) and board member (6 years). He has been in Silicon Valley all of his career which started at HP Labs. It was at HP that he developed the first commercial GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver in 1976 that demonstrated the potential for addressing a low cost market for a positioning sensor. That design was acquired by Trimble Navigation in 1982 and became the basis of Trimble’s GPS technology. He held senior engineering positions at Trimble beginning in 1983, retiring in mid-2000s after advancing to the position of Chief Technology Officer. He currently serves on the boards of about six startup companies in the valley and enjoys finding and mentoring startups. Mr. Eschenbach received his BSEE from UC Berkeley in 1968 and MSEE from Stanford University in 1970. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mark Mastandrea is Senior Director, Supply Chain for Stryker, where he leads Architecture and Supply Chain Design. A seasoned operations professional with deep experience in technology and product development, Mark has led transformational change programs in operations and innovation for new businesses within large companies as well as at start-ups. Previously, Mark has held leadership roles at Amazon, Kiva Systems, Tesla, Webvan, and Weight Watchers.