Meet the Electrify America team

Get to know our people.

President and CEO

Giovanni Palazzo

Giovanni Palazzo is the President & CEO of Electrify America, LLC. Prior to joining Electrify America, Giovanni spent seven years working at Volkswagen AG, most recently serving as the head of e-mobility strategy, leading all relevant Group e-mobility activities on a global scale. Giovanni also served in several roles related to electric transportation and charging at Mercedes-Benz and Daimler AG.

Chief Operating Officer

Brendan Jones

Brendan Jones is the Chief Operating Officer of Electrify America, LLC. Prior to joining Electrify America, Brendan served as the Vice President of OEM Strategy & Development for EVgo. He also spent over 20 years at Nissan, the last six as the executive responsible for building out electric vehicle sales and infrastructure. He also formerly served as an executive board member of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) and the ROEV Association.

Chief Financial Officer

Jan Vycital

Jan Vycital is Chief Financial Officer of Electrify America, LLC.  Jan additionally holds the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. In this position, Jan Vycital plays a critical role in developing and implementing the financial strategy of Volkswagen Group in the U.S. Jan Vycital joined the Volkswagen Group in 1996.

Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development

Wayne Killen

Wayne Killen is the Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development. Previously, he was an Electric Vehicle Architect for Audi of America, helping to prepare Audi for the age of electric vehicles. Killen has over 25 years in the auto industry in product planning, portfolio planning, and go-to-market strategy.

Senior Director of Green Cities, Marketing and Communications

Richard Steinberg

Richard Steinberg is the Senior Director of Green Cities, Marketing and Communications for Electrify America. In this role, he is responsible for the Green City Initiative as well as all marketing and communications for Electrify America. He has been involved in the EV category for almost 10 years, having experience in product planning and strategy at BMW of North America (launching the MINE E, Active E, and i3 and i8 models). He also ran BMW's first US-based EV car sharing service in San Francisco.

Director of Utility Strategy and Operations

Robert Barrosa

Robert Barrosa is the Director of Utility Strategy and Operations for Electrify America. In this role, he is responsible for strategy and business development with a special focus on the California region. Rob has over 10 years of experience in the EV infrastructure industry. He served as vice president of OEM Strategy and Business Development for EVgo and as an executive with AeroVironment Inc. in product development, engineering, and business development.

Director of Finance

Gregory Crossley

Gregory Crossley is the Director of Controlling for Electrify America, responsible for finance, accounting, reporting, and compliance. Greg joined Electrify America from Volkswagen Group of America, where he held numerous positions within the Finance organization over a span of 17 years. Greg held positions in Finance in the software development, financial services, and transportation industries prior to joining Volkswagen.

Corporate Counsel

Emily Durham

Emily Durham, Corporate Counsel, is the head of the legal department for Electrify America. She previously served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Berkshire Group, overseeing risk management and advising on corporate, real estate, and commercial transaction matters.

Director of Technology

Cliff Fietzek

Cliff Fietzek is the Director of Technology for Electrify America, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for all Charging Hardware, Battery Storage, the backend IoT platform as well as all other technology deployments.

Previously, Cliff held the position of Manager connected e-mobility at BMW of North America, where he was responsible for all Engineering aspects around the BMW i Program, including vehicle development and validation, public infrastructure, smart charging and battery second life.

Director of Service Operations

Robert Healey

Robert Healey is the Director of Service Operations for Electrify America, responsible for ongoing operations, quality, and service programs including customer/partner support. Rob joined Electrify America from BMW of North America, where he developed and launched BMW’s EV charging infrastructure strategy for the U.S. market with pioneering programs in residential and public vehicle charging.

Director of Government Affairs

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson is the Director of Government Affairs for Electrify America. He previously served as the Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Matthew also served as U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, Transportation, and Climate Change for seven years.