Proterra has announced that Matt Horton has been named the chief commercial officer. In his new role, Horton will oversee the end-to-end customer lifecycle for the rapidly growing number of municipal, university and commercial transit agencies deploying Proterra’s zero-emission, battery-electric buses throughout North America. Expanding upon his former role as senior vice president of sales and marketing, Horton will manage the overall customer experience, facilitate product development needs, drive sales and fleet deployments, spearhead marketing initiatives and ensure that Proterra’s customers from coast to coast achieve the maximum benefits of clean, quiet, battery-electric transit.
“As the world wakes up to the economic, environmental and performance benefits of battery-electric transportation, I couldn’t be prouder to represent a company like Proterra that has cemented its place at the forefront of heavy-duty EV innovation,” said Matt Horton, chief commercial officer at Proterra. “On the heels of a truly exceptional 2016, I’m looking forward to connecting with new customers and supporting existing customers like Seattle’s King County Metro, Southern California’s Foothill Transit and others as they achieve their 100 percent zero-emission fleet goals.”
Since joining Proterra in 2014, Horton has helped establish the company as the leading innovator in the electric mass transportation industry. In 2016 alone, Horton helped Proterra achieve more than 225 percent sales growth, a number that is expected to continue to grow in 2017 as the company expands in different infrastructure categories like airports, universities, corporate enterprises, national parks and ski resorts. Prior to joining Proterra, Matt was the CEO of Propel Fuels, one of the leading distributors of alternative fuels, which provided him with a wealth of experience and expertise in energy technology that he has applied to Proterra’s strategy since day one.
“Thanks in large part to Matt’s efforts, Proterra has emerged as an integrated, customer-focused organization dedicated to helping transit agencies, commercial enterprises and other institutions across North America transition successfully to clean, quiet, electric transit solutions,” said Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra. “As we continue to build momentum toward a future of zero-emission transit technology, Matt will play an indispensable role in supporting our customers, driving additional growth and ensuring the procurement process continues to move seamlessly from sales to deployment.”