XL, a provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, is making two significant announcements designed to capitalize on the company’s current momentum and position the business for rapid, sustainable growth in 2020 and beyond.
On Oct. 4, XL acquired the electrification division of Quantum Fuel Systems, a provider of alternative-fuel systems for the automotive and heavy-duty fleet industries. Per the terms of the transaction, XL acquires the engineering staff and technology assets of Quantum Fuel's EV division, providing capacity to accelerate its product development plans for heavy-duty and fully-electric propulsion applications. XL will continue to operate Quantum's Lake Forest, Calif., office.
In addition, XL has appointed Dimitri Kazarinoff, an accomplished transportation industry executive who has led impressive growth at Eaton Corporation and AVL Powertrain Engineering, as its new CEO. XL founder and original CEO Tod Hynes is remaining with the company as Chief Strategy Officer and will maintain his position on the company's board of directors.
"I'm excited to be able to execute our long-standing plan of bringing on a new chief executive at this juncture of XL's history," said Hynes. "This is the right time to build upon our 10 years of success, and Dimitri is the right leader to accelerate our growth moving forward."
Kazarinoff successfully scaled the hybrid power systems division of Eaton Corporation by 15 times within two years, and delivered record profits for AVL's North American P&L," he said. "He sees XL as being at a similar inflection point, with an opportunity for rapid and sustainable growth. "I'm thrilled to be leading XL into a bold new era of fleet electrification. Demand for sustainable commercial transportation has never been greater, and XL is well positioned to drive the industry’s transition to electrified fleet vehicles."
In addition to Kazarinoff, XL added Rob Kisiel to its leadership team, as vice president of supply chain and production. With two decades of diverse supply chain experience across a wide range of industries, Kisiel is responsible for optimizing XL’s supplier partner and installation ecosystem and scaling it for growth.