Polestar confirms Australian team and launch for November 2021

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New electric car company Polestar has confirmed local management and launch timing for Australia.

Swedish electric car brand Polestar has finalised local operations with the confirmation of three key figures in the local management team.

Ready to launch in Australia from November 2021, Polestar’s inaugural vehicle will be the Polestar 2, which we’ve already reviewed in our first overseas test drive, and also compared to the Tesla Model 3.

Polestar Australian management team

Managing Director, Samantha Johnson

Prior to her appointment at Polestar Automotive Australia, Australian-born Samantha Johnson was Director of Business Control, Financial Services & Digital Transformation at Volvo Car Australia. During her career Samantha has held numerous positions both in Australia and abroad, including almost 10 years as Director of Finance & Retail Operations at Harley Davidson.

Commenting on the appointments, Johnson says, “I am delighted to announce the Australian management team for Polestar, which brings the right mix of automotive know-how and a progressive, start-up mindset to the brand.

“The team will be instrumental in overseeing the launch of Polestar and the all-electric Polestar 2 to Australian audiences from November 2021, while playing a central role in achieving our ambitious growth plans for 2022.”

Jeremy Goh – Head of Commercial

A senior leader of almost two decades in the automotive industry, Jeremy has worked in sales, network, and supply chain management roles in competitive and dynamic markets including China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Jeremy joins Polestar from Nissan Motor Co. Australia where he was the lead for Residual Value Management & Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles at Nissan, and General Manager, National Sales & Dealer Network Development for Infiniti. Prior to joining the Nissan Alliance, Jeremy held various roles within DaimlerChrysler / Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for 13 years. In his capacity as Head of Commercial Operations for Polestar, Jeremy will oversee sales, customer care, supply chain logistics, service network operations and technical support.

Paul Jowett – Head of Business Development

For the past 18 years, Paul has worked in senior management roles across a number of leading technology brands in Australia including Apple, Samsung, and Vodafone. Paul joins Polestar from Huawei where he was Director of Marketing for the retail team in the consumer electronics division. The Head of Business Development role will encompass Polestar’s operator network, retail, charging solutions, financial services, digital commerce and pricing.

Jonathan Williams – Head of Marketing

Jonathan is a creative marketer with a passion for disruptive technology as his experience can attest. Jonathan spent four years driving growth for PayPal, followed by seven years at Google where he led key product launches for Google Ads, Google Maps and Android Pay. He joins Polestar from tech start-up KLOOK, the most funded travel booking platform in history, where he held the role of Marketing Director – ANZ.

The appointments come as Polestar continues its rapid global expansion in 2021 from 10 to 18 operational markets, including Australia and four additional markets in the Asia Pacific region.

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