General Motors has hired Zach Kirkman to serve as the company’s Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Mergers & Acquisitions. Kirkman takes on the position at GM after having the same role at Tesla for over six years.
Kirkman’s hiring was announced by GM CFO Paul Jacobson, saying in a post on LinkedIn on Monday, “I’m pleased to share Zach Kirkman has joined GM as Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Mergers & Acquisitions. Previously serving as Head of Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions at Tesla, he brings an extensive background assessing and executing M&A, evaluating and managing minority investments, evaluating unique supply chain situations, as well as leading special projects.” (via Detroit Free Press)
According to Jacobson the hiring of Kirkman will help speed up their transition to selling only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. Kirkman will help push forward the company’s plans which call for the release 30 new EVs over the next 24 months.
Kirkman commented on his new role by responding to Jacobson’s post on LinkedIn, saying that he is honoured to be part of GM and is looking forward to doing “great things together.”
Not to be confused with Tesla CFO Zach Kirkhorn, Kirkman started at the Texas-based automaker in August 2016, and had always been involved in corporate development. Prior to his job at Tesla Kirkman worked at Apple, also in a corporate development role, from 2008 until 2014.