Proterra Inc. announced the appointment of Julian Soell as president of its Proterra Transit business unit, effective May 2, 2022.
As president of Proterra Transit, Soell will oversee Proterra’s business as the manufacturer of electric transit buses. In his role, Soell will report directly to Proterra’s CEO Gareth Joyce.
“Julian brings a wealth of operational and customer service experience to Proterra and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team," Joyce said. "Public transit is at the forefront of electrification. Under Julian’s leadership, we look forward to building on Proterra Transit’s strong foundation to further scale our production and deliver industry-leading EV fleet solutions to help transit agencies achieve their zero-emission goals."
Soell brings nearly 30 years of automotive and operational experience to Proterra and joins the company after most recently serving as COO at Repairify. Previously, he held engineering leadership roles at automotive companies including Mercedes Benz USA and Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Soell holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
“I’m delighted to join Proterra at this incredibly exciting and important moment for transportation electrification," Soell said. "I want my kids and their kids to be able to see the world as I have or even better; with clean air, sustainable energy and a bright future for us all. I look forward to working with the Proterra Transit team, our transit agency customers and partners to advance this essential work."