The Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) has appointed Giovanni Palazzo, CEO and President of Electrify America, a leader in DC fast charging for electric vehicles (EV), to serve on the advisory board for AutoMobility LA™, the press and trade days that precede the consumer show.
Prior to leading Electrify America, Palazzo spent seven years working at Volkswagen AG, where he most recently served as the head of e-mobility strategy, leading all relevant group e-mobility activities on a global scale. Possessing a solid background in electric mobility and infrastructure and having held several key positions across sales, product, marketing and communications, Palazzo has a unique point of view that will be instrumental in shaping the show’s increased EV-focused programming and content.
“Electric vehicles are on the verge of tremendous growth in the U.S. and with the next generation of EVs featuring faster charging speeds, we need to be focused on the development of a comprehensive, open and ultra-fast charging network,” said Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO of Electrify America. “I am delighted to join an advisory board that brings together mobility stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities the industry faces.”
Comprised of a diverse mix of experts, AutoMobility LA’s advisory board members reflect the rapidly-changing automotive industry. The members of the board provide valuable insight and assist in determining the direction of the show on an annual basis. AutoMobility LA will feature vehicle debuts, its signature hackathon, an automotive startup competition and its award-winning mobility conference – where experts from companies such as Amazon Alexa Auto, BMW Group, Google, Lyft, Panasonic, Volvo and Waymo have taken the stage.
“The addition of Giovanni to AutoMobility LA’s advisory board is significant as electrification continues to transform the automotive industry,” said Lisa Kaz, CEO of the LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA. “Electrification is not just a trend, but a key pillar of how we as consumers get from point A to B in the future.”
Palazzo’s appointment comes on the heels of several additions to AutoMobility LA’s advisory board. New members include Danny Stillion, partner and executive design director at IDEO; Kerry Lebel, head of marketing for Amazon Alexa Automotive; Manny Lopez, lead analyst of the Mobility Group at General Motors; and Mike Dosenbach, Digital Hub lead and senior engineering manager at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. (MBRDNA).
AutoMobility LA™ will bring industry and media professionals together November 18-21 and LA Auto Show® will welcome the general public from November 22 to December 1 at the LA Convention Center.