Optimus Ride, a leading self-driving vehicle technology company, today announced the appointment of Renee Kennedy, formerly Amazon’s Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, as its Head of Talent Acquisition. With more than 20 years of team-building experience, Kennedy is well suited to scale Optimus Ride’s team and bring key engineering talent onboard as the company deploys its self-driving vehicle systems at new sites across the country.
An accomplished leader and successful talent acquisition manager, Kennedy has extensive experience scaling critical departments of sophisticated technology businesses. During her time at Amazon, Kennedy was instrumental in recruiting individuals to grow Alexa’s AI organization and led a centralized team for science hiring across all Alexa verticals. Kennedy effectively recruited high-performing engineers, research scientists, and more to scale a team that created the best possible experiences for its customers.
Kennedy said: “It has been my passion to grow teams on the cutting edge of innovation, and I am excited to continue pursuing this passion at Optimus Ride, a true leader in the industry with a unique vision. I’m inspired by Optimus Ride’s mission to transform mobility and I look forward to working with their team of outstanding experts in self‑driving vehicle technologies, urban design and smart cities to make autonomous vehicles a safe and viable reality for more people around the world.”
Dr. Ryan Chin, CEO and co-founder of Optimus Ride, added: “We are highly motivated to welcome Renee to our team at this stage of the company’s trajectory. Her considerable experience hiring top talent for specialized, highly technical roles is exactly what Optimus Ride needs as we grow our business and scale the company at a national and international level.”
Optimus Ride recently announced a partnership with Brookfield Properties, the largest real estate developer in the world, to deploy its self-driving vehicles at Halley Rise – a new $1.4 billion mixed-use development that will transform a 36-acre office park in Reston, Virginia into 3.5 million square feet of new housing, dynamic local retail, modern offices, public green spaces, and year-round cultural activations. The self-driving vehicle technology company will be announcing additional deployments later this month.