The EV maker Mullen Automotive announced Monday the appointment of Andre Hudson as its Vice President of Design. Hudson will lead the growth and development of the Mullen brand through strong product and portfolio development.
During his 25-year-long career, Hudson has worked for General Motors Co. as a Creative Designer, at Hyundai as a Design Manager, at Icona Design as Chief Designer and more recently at IndiEV as Head of Product Design.
On his LinkedIn profile, he adds that will work with the various teams through the expansion and development of our product portfolio, aesthetics, branding, packaging, and reason for being.
Hudson is an experienced vehicle design expert with a proven history of compelling design and brand vision leadership, which resulted in several highly successful concept and production vehicles in the marketplace, Mullen said.
Previously, — from April 2019 to August 2022 — Hudson led the establishment of IndiEV brand and initial product offering by focusing and guiding the various teams through the development of our product content, aesthetics, branding, packaging and reason for being.
“My current position [at IndiEV] has not only required me to lead in everyday executive duties but also to continuously contribute to feet-on-the-ground work including digital modelling and physical builds. Future portfolio development is also a key and important part of my everyday duties,” Hudson added.
At GM, Hudson played a role “in the development of several concepts and production vehicles working on both interiors and exteriors,” as he says.
The models mentioned were the 2000 Chevy SSR Concept (interior), the 2002 Cadillac Cien Concept, the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen Concept, the 2005 Hummer H3, and the 2006 Saturn Sky (lead exterior designer).
“I’m so excited to fully unlock the potential of what Mullen Automotive has and look forward to realizing that potential with the knowledgeable and respected team of individuals here,” said Hudson.
“We are fortunate to have Andre on board. He will play a key role in working with various teams to develop the aesthetics of the Mullen product portfolio,” said David Michery, CEO and chairman of Mullen Automotive. “We take pride in the fact that our vehicle designs are ‘Strikingly Different’; Andre will help us take our styling to the next level with the extremely valuable expertise he brings to the table.”
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Last Friday, the company filed a S-3ASR form announcing a filing for up to 524,067,048 share offering by selling stockholders. The company said it relates “solely to the resale by the investors listed in the section of this prospectus entitled “Selling Stockholders” of up to 524,067,048 shares of their common stock.
Mullen said the team “will be home to a new division of engineers and technology developers focused on Mullen’s Class 1 – 5 commercial vehicle development” expecting to have upwards of 50 employees by the end of 2022 after the first 20 new hires.
On Monday, the company unveiled the opening of a new Automotive Development Center at 100 Technology Drive, Irvine to support Mullen’s expanding automotive team. The 16,000-square-foot facility is located “in the heart of Irvine’s technology corridor” and will receive part of the team that Mullen will divide between Monrovia and Irvine facilities.
The new plant will host Engineering Design and Development, Styling, Program Management, Marketing and Finance teams, whereas Battery, Powertrain, Thermal, and Infotainment teams will be located at the High-Voltage Facility in Monrovia, California, the company stated.
According to a 13F-HR form filed last week, the National Bank Of Canada initiated a position on the EV maker disclosing ownership of 536,500 shares valued at $547,000 at the end of the second quarter. Furthermore, the Bank also purchased 1,500 Call options ($153,000) and 6,865 Puts at ($700,000) during the second quarter of the year.
Earlier in the week, Mullen held its Annual Meeting of shareholders (Full Presentation here). A total of 302,018,291 votes were represented at the Annual Meeting and all the proposals were passed by the shareholders in the preliminary results. The final results of the proposal votes will be announced on or before August 1, Mullen said during the meeting.