Karma Automotive hires Stefan Gudmundsson to drive strategic direction

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Karma, the Southern California-based mobility incubator and luxury EV maker, has appointed Stefan Gudmundsson as its new chief innovation officer.

Gudmundsson has extensive international experience in the connected car, infotainment and telematics sectors. He joins Karma from a senior automotive role at u-blox, a creator of wireless semiconductors and modules. Prior to that, the Swede served as director, technology and operations, at Hyundai AutoEver Telematics America; worked in project management at Volvo’s WirelessCar; and was Technology VP at DRI Corporation.

“Innovation is among the most important building blocks of Karma’s technology-focused business strategy because it helps grow our brand value and paves a strong path forward,” said Karma CEO Dr Lance Zhou.

“Stefan’s extensive knowledge in the connected automotive space will play a vital role in developing Karma’s competitive roadmap and identifying strategic partners, innovative approaches and new product breakthroughs to maximize Karma’s market potential.”

“The mobility industry is undergoing a rapid transformation, with electrification, connectivity and intelligent technology paving the way for the future,” said Gudmundsson. “Karma’s strategic, tech-focused luxury offerings will help set the business apart, leading the curve for the next wave of automotive innovation.”

Gudmundsson is the latest addition to Karma’s leadership team following the appointment in November 2019 of Srini Gowda as vice president, autonomous driving and ADAS.

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